As Alabama head coach Nick Saban just took home his third BCS National Championship in four years, and fourth overall, it is a good time to look at who might be the top five coaches who are in college football today.
With Saban climbing up the ranks of the best coaches of all time, where does he rank among current college coaches.
#5 – Chip Kelly, Oregon
Kelly runs his offense and he runs it well. His up-tempo, stretch the field offense just physically and mentally wears out the Ducks’ opponents. Kelly continues to turn out phenomenal athletes in the college ranks; they don’t always work out in the NFL.
Kelly has been the most rumored to make the jump to the NFL, he recently announced he would remain at Oregon, at least for this year. It would have to be an ideal situation, with the right athletes already in place, for Kelly’s system to work at the next level.
#4 – Les Miles, LSU
There is probably not a coach with more guts in college football right now than Miles. He thrives on making calls that other coaches would never make. His sustained success in the SEC at LSU is only overshadowed by one coach.
#3 – Chris Petersen, Boise State
Every year, college football fans wait for the year Boise State seriously stumbles. Yet every year, Boise State is competing on the national stage, and often in the running to make a BCS game as an at-large bid (a.k.a. the same exact way Northern Illinois got in).
Boise State obviously is not going to draw in the big name recruits, but Petersen continues to coach the teams to top finishes every year.
#2 – Urban Meyer, Ohio State
It shows what type of coach Meyer is when he can lead and motivate the Buckeyes, a team banned from postseason play in 2012, to the only FBS team with an undefeated record. His offenses at Florida, especially with Tim Tebow at quarterback, were magical, and Ohio State fans hope that success is duplicated with Braxton Miller.
While Meyer has had to deal with a number of off-the-field issues, there is no denying that he is one of the brilliant coaches in college football today.
This space indicates how far ahead the #1 coach on this list is ahead of the previous four and all of the other coaches in college football.
#1 – Nick Saban, Alabama
What Saban has been able to do at Alabama is just unbelievable. The Crimson Tide were just better in all aspects of the game against Notre Dame.
There is not another coach in college football right now, that if there was one game to win, that I would want roaming the sidelines and preparing my team.