The 2019 college football season sits a few months away, but the media beast surrounding the sport never tires.
Before the new campaign officially starts, there will be lists of the top players in college football, early mock drafts, top 25 rankings and various other predictions.
College football never truly stops.
That’s the case on this Thursday when one college football analyst at 247Sports decided to look at which coach will become the next to win their first title.
The top five of the list in unsurprising, as all five have displayed their ability to coach at the highest level.
Penn State’s James Franklin comes in at No. 5, Ohio State’s Ryan Day at No. 4, Texas’ Tom Herman at No. 3 and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley at No. 2.
But who took home top honors? Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.
The results are already there. Smart came seconds away from a national championship in Year 2 of his tenure. The following season, he came one half away from upsetting Alabama in the SEC Championship. And while that Alabama roadblock isn’t going anywhere, it’s hard to imagine Georgia falling off either.
Smart already showed he’s capable of making it to the national title game.
Now he just needs to take the next step.