football The Best Current College Football Coaches  

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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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Dabo Swinney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dabo Swinney age 48 - Clemson Tigers

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Jim Harbaugh 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jim Harbaugh age 54 - Michigan Wolverines

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Mark Dantonio 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Dantonio age 61 - Michigan State Spartans

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Bob Stoops 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bill Snyder age 78 - Kansas State Wildcats

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Chris Petersen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Chris Petersen age 53 - Washington Huskies

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Les Miles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #7 Les Miles age 64 - Fired by the LSU Tigers on 9/25/16

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Jimbo Fisher 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jimbo Fisher age 52 - Florida State Seminoles

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Gary Patterson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gary Patterson age 57 - TCU Horned Frogs

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David Shaw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
David Shaw age 45 - Stanford Cardinal

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Art Briles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #13 Art Briles age 62 - Fired by the Baylor Bears on 5/26/16

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Mark Richt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Richt age 57 - Miami Hurricanes

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Tom Herman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Herman Houston Cougars

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Mike Gundy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Gundy age 50 - Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Dana Holgorsen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dana Holgorsen West Virginia Mountaineers

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Pat Fitzgerald 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Pat Fitzgerald age 43 - Northwestern Wildcats

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Brian Kelly 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Brian Kelly age 56 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Hugh Freeze 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Hugh Freeze age 48 - Ole Miss Rebels

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James Franklin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
James Franklin age 45 - Penn State Nittany Lions

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Kevin Sumlin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kevin Sumlin age 53 - Texas A&M Aggies

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Charlie Strong 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Charlie Strong age 57 - Texas Longhorns

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Kirk Ferentz 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kirk Ferentz age 62 - Iowa Hawkeyes

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David Cutcliffe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
David Cutcliffe age 63 - Duke Blue Devils

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Larry Fedora 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Larry Fedora age 55 - North Carolina Tar Heels

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Jim McElwain 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jim McElwain age 55 - Florida Gators

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P. J. Fleck 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
P. J. Fleck age 37

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Paul Chryst 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Paul Chryst age 52

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Gus Malzahn 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gus Malzahn age 52 - Auburn Tigers

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Mike Leach 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Leach age 56 - Washington State Cougars

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Bobby Petrino 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bobby Petrino age 56 - Louisville Cardinals

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Pat Narduzzi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Pat Narduzzi age 51

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Chris Creighton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches

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Kyle Whittingham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kyle Whittingham age 58 - Utah Utes

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Willie Taggart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Willie Taggart age 41 - South Florida Bulls

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Mark Stoops 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Stoops age 50 - Kentucky Wildcats

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Frank Solich 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Frank Solich age 73 - Ohio Bobcats

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Dan Mullen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dan Mullen age 45 - Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Butch Davis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Butch Davis age 66

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Terry Bowden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Terry Bowden age 61 - Akron Zips

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Mike Riley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Riley age 64 - Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Dave Doeren 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dave Doeren age 46 - North Carolina State Wolfpack

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Bret Bielema 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bret Bielema age 47 - Arkansas Razorbacks

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Brady Hoke 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #25 Brady Hoke age 59 - Fired from the Michigan Wolverines on 12/2/14

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Bronco Mendenhall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bronco Mendenhall age 51 - Virginia Cavaliers

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Gary Andersen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gary Andersen age 51 - Oregon State Beavers

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Paul Rhoads 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Paul Rhoads age 50 - Iowa State Cyclones

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Rich Rodriguez 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Rich Rodriguez age 54 - Arizona Wildcats

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Matt Rhule 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Matt Rhule age 42 - Temple Owls