college sports The Best Current College Football Coaches

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List Rules Vote up any top NCAA football coach of today

The best college football coaches are not just the best NCAA Football coaches going into the 2016-2017 college football season, but also some of the best college football coaches of all time. These talented football coaches are all looking to lead their team to greatness in the upcoming season and the chances that one will hoist the championship trophy is highly likely.

With three national championships with the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2009, it's hard to make a case that anyone other than Nick Saban is the best current college football coach. Thought he could also be considered one of the worst NFL coaches of all time, his success coaching in the college ranks simply cannot be rivaled.

That said, there are dozens of other coaches looking to unthrone Saban as the top current NCAA Football coach. Bill Snyder of Kansas State, Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, Steve Spurrier of South Carolina and even Urban Meyer of Ohio State are all in the hunt and the chances that one of their teams will meet the Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game are pretty good.

How you select the best college football coaches of today can come from a variety of factors be it win-loss record, a big victory over your most-hated rival or just being the main man leading your favorite team down the field. However you rank them, do so below by voting, re-ranking this list or adding any not already listed to determine the absolute best current college football coaches.

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Nick Saban 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Nick Saban age 66 - Alabama Crimson Tide

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Urban Meyer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Urban Meyer age 53 - Ohio State Buckeyes

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Jim Harbaugh 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jim Harbaugh age 52 - Michigan Wolverines

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Les Miles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Les Miles age 64 - Fired by the LSU Tigers on 9/25/16

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Dabo Swinney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dabo Swinney age 46 - Clemson Tigers

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Mark Dantonio 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Dantonio age 59 - Michigan State Spartans

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Bob Stoops 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bob Stoops age 57 - Oklahoma Sooners

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Bill Snyder 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bill Snyder age 78 - Kansas State Wildcats

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Gary Patterson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gary Patterson age 55 - TCU Horned Frogs

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Jimbo Fisher 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jimbo Fisher age 50 - Florida State Seminoles

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Chris Petersen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Chris Petersen age 53 - Washington Huskies

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Art Briles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Art Briles age 60 - Fired by the Baylor Bears on 5/26/16

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David Shaw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
David Shaw age 43 - Stanford Cardinal

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Mark Richt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Richt age 55 - Miami Hurricanes

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Dana Holgorsen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dana Holgorsen West Virginia Mountaineers

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Brian Kelly 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Brian Kelly age 54 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Mike Gundy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Gundy age 48 - Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Tom Herman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Herman Houston Cougars

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Pat Fitzgerald 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Pat Fitzgerald age 41 - Northwestern Wildcats

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Hugh Freeze 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Hugh Freeze age 46 - Ole Miss Rebels

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Charlie Strong 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Charlie Strong age 55 - Texas Longhorns

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Kevin Sumlin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kevin Sumlin age 51 - Texas A&M Aggies

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Kirk Ferentz 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kirk Ferentz age 60 - Iowa Hawkeyes

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Larry Fedora 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Larry Fedora age 53 - North Carolina Tar Heels

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James Franklin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
James Franklin age 43 - Penn State Nittany Lions

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Jim McElwain 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jim McElwain age 53 - Florida Gators

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Paul Chryst 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Paul Chryst age 50

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Gus Malzahn 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gus Malzahn age 50 - Auburn Tigers

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Bobby Petrino 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bobby Petrino age 54 - Louisville Cardinals

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Kyle Whittingham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kyle Whittingham age 56 - Utah Utes

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Willie Taggart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Willie Taggart age 39 - South Florida Bulls

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Terry Bowden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Terry Bowden age 59 - Akron Zips

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Dan Mullen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dan Mullen age 43 - Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Brady Hoke 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Brady Hoke age 57 - Fired from the Michigan Wolverines on 12/2/14

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Dave Doeren 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dave Doeren age 44 - North Carolina State Wolfpack

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Chris Creighton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches

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Bret Bielema 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bret Bielema age 45 - Arkansas Razorbacks

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Mike Riley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Riley age 62 - Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Mike Leach 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Leach age 54 - Washington State Cougars

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Butch Davis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Butch Davis age 64

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David Cutcliffe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
David Cutcliffe age 61 - Duke Blue Devils

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Frank Solich 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Frank Solich age 71 - Ohio Bobcats

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Gary Andersen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gary Andersen age 51 - Oregon State Beavers

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Bronco Mendenhall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bronco Mendenhall age 49 - Virginia Cavaliers

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Matt Rhule 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Matt Rhule age 40 - Temple Owls

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P. J. Fleck 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
P. J. Fleck age 35

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Pat Narduzzi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Pat Narduzzi age 49

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Rich Rodriguez 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Rich Rodriguez age 52 - Arizona Wildcats

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Paul Rhoads 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Paul Rhoads age 48 - Iowa State Cyclones

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Bob Diaco 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bob Diaco age 42 - Connecticut Huskies