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College Football Experts Name The 5 Best Head Coaches

These five coaches are among the elite.

The 2017 college football season is just under four months away, and we’re getting anxious. To satiate our need for college football news, CBS ranked every coach in the Power 5 from worst to best.

The criteria? Pretty much whatever the college football experts over at CBS Sports wanted. One college football expert, Tom Fornelli, released his rankings showcasing No. 25-No. 1.

So who was among the worst college football coaches entering the 2017 season? We’ll count down from No. 5 to No. 1.

5. Jim Harbaugh – Michigan Wolverines

4. Jimbo Fisher – Florida State Seminoles

3. Dabo Swinney – Clemson Tigers

2. Urban Meyer – Ohio State Buckeyes

1. Nick Saban – Alabama Crimson Tide

Nick Saban and Urban Meyer remain at No. 1 and No. 2 after last year's rankings. Meanwhile, after winning his first national championship, Dabo Swinney jumped up to the No. 3 spot, from the No. 8 spot last year.

Rounding out the top ten are:

  • No. 6 - Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
  • No. 7 - Chris Petersen, Washington
  • No. 8 - David Shaw, Stanford
  • No. 9 - Bill Snyder, Kansas State
  • No. 10 - Gary Patterson, TCU

The Big 12 and Pac-12 were not represented in the top five, as two coaches came from both the Big Ten and ACC.

[CBS Sports]