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The 10 Best Jobs In College Football

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What if every college football job in the country was open? 

What if an incredible head coach - a Nick Saban, Urban Meyer-type coach - with no ties to any school (so he's completely unbiased) had the pick of any job he wanted?

What job would he take? 

We've decided to rank the 10 best jobs in college football, with the criteria kind of matching what we were just talking about.

Which college football job is most appealing to a coach with no previous relationships?

It basically comes down to this: which college football job gives a head coach the best opportunity to consistently compete at an elite level. You need resources (money, boosters), the ability to recruit, good facilities, etc.

Here are the top 10 college football jobs in the country. 

Start with No. 10, Florida State >>>

10. Florida State

This might seem a little low for the Seminoles, who won the 2013 national title, set a record last spring for most NFL Draft picks in a three-year span and are rolling with Jimbo Fisher. 

But Florida State is the second-best job in the state, is in a conference with far less stability than the Big Ten and SEC, and has an athletic department with a low budget compared to other elite programs (the Seminoles spend less money than Iowa and Minnesota, for example). Teams in the Big Ten and the SEC have an insane amount of money pouring in thanks to their TV networks; FSU and the ACC do not.

It's still a good job, though. FSU is in the most-fertile recruiting state in the country, has a passionate fan base, nice history and should consistently be the favorite to win the ACC and contend for a spot in the College Football Playoff. 

Next: No. 9, Oregon >>>

9. Oregon

Money. Nike. Great facilities. Cool uniforms. 

What else could you want a program to offer? 

The Ducks aren't in a great recruiting area and they don't have tremendous history, but that doesn't really matter right now. Oregon's a national brand, has one of the 10 biggest athletic departments in the country and can pull recruits from anywhere. 

Over the last 11 seasons, only two Power 5 programs - Alabama and Ohio State - have won more games than the Ducks, who have gone through two head coaching changes in that span. 

Oregon's here to stay. 

Next: No. 8, Michigan >>>

8. Michigan

The Wolverines are in the Big Ten and the recruiting area isn't great, but it's still Michigan

It's got the biggest stadium in the country, a top athletic department in terms of money and a whole lot of history (no program has won more games than the Wolverines). Michigan just signed the biggest college apparel deal with Nike, too. And the football team will be wearing Jordan, the first college football program ever to do so, which will surely help with recruiting. 

With a great head coach, Michigan can win and win big, as it seems to be on the verge of doing with Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines can recruit nationally and will under Harbaugh; Michigan has a top 10 recruiting class for 2016. 

It's the second-best job in the Big Ten. But it's a great one. 

Next: No. 7, LSU >>>

7. LSU

As the only SEC program in the state of Louisiana - a state that produces a very high number of elite recruits - LSU is in an extremely good position. 

The Tigers have the No. 2 recruiting class in the country for 2016 and 11 of their 19 commits are in-state prospects. The SEC's expansion into Texas has also seemed to help LSU, as roughly 25 percent of the team's 2016 recruiting class is from the Lone Star State. 

The program's part of the best conference in the country, has great uniforms, an awesome stadium and a rabid fan base. 

Whether it's with Nick Saban or Les Miles (or someone else), LSU's proven it can be as good as anyone in the sport with the right man leading the program. 

Next: No. 6, Georgia >>>

6. Georgia

The college football world loves this job. Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated says it's the best job in the country. 

We're not quite that high on the Bulldogs' job, but we do love it. 

Consider this: Georgia is the only powerhouse program in one of the country's top-five recruiting states. Georgia, the state, is No. 4 in the country in terms of talent production for recruits, per Staples. And, as he points out, the Bulldogs have - by far - the least amount of competition in-state for those recruits. Georgia Tech isn't stealing an elite recruit from Georgia if the Bulldogs really want him. 

Georgia is basically a slightly-better version of LSU in a weaker division in the SEC. National championships - something the Bulldogs haven't won since 1980 - are coming to Athens, Ga. at some point very soon. 

Next: No. 5, USC >>>

5. USC 

Located in Southern California, USC has greater access to elite recruits than every other elite program save for the ones stationed in Texas and Florida. UCLA is on the rise, but the Trojans, despite a lack of recent success, are still the "it" program on the West Coast. 

USC's loaded with money and support, too. 

With the right head coach (and the right athletic director), this is a program that can rule college football like it did in the mid-2000s. 

How will the Trojans do in Year 1 of the post-Steve Sarkisian era?

No. 4, Alabama >>>

4. Alabama 

The country's most dominant program over the last five to six years is home to the nation's fourth-best job. 

Nick Saban has proven what can be achieved with the Crimson Tide, a program that had gone through a pretty decent down period before he arrived. When Alabama's rolling, it's basically impossible to stop, as Saban has proven with his string of No. 1 recruiting classes and national championships. 

It's the winningest program in SEC history and is located in a state with a passion for college football unlike any other. 

Alabama's set up to win and win a lot, even once Saban is gone, whenever that may be. 

Next: No. 3, Florida >>>

3. Florida 

The best program in the best conference in the country? We think so. 

Make no mistake: Florida State is currently the better program. But Florida, due to the SEC, money and recruiting, mostly, is the better job.

Florida's located in the most-fertile recruiting area in the nation. The Gators have some stiff competition for in-state recruits with Florida State and Miami, but when they're rolling, they're the program Floridians want to play for most. From 2006-10, when the Gators reigned supreme, Florida had the No. 2, No. 1, No. 6, No. 7 and No. 1 recruiting classes in the country; FSU had the better class just once in that time frame. 

Jim McElwain's been in Gainesville for less than two years, but Florida's new coach appears to be on the right track to restoring greatness with the Gators. He certainly has everything he needs to make that happen. 

Next: No. 2, Texas >>>

2. Texas 

Football is king in Texas and the Longhorns, despite their recent struggles, can still most easily rule the state. 

Texas has money - an insane amount of it, actually - great history, great facilities and probably the second-best recruiting area in the country. Baylor, TCU and Texas A&M are on the rise, but even with that, the Longhorns are still recruiting nearly as well as anyone in-state. Texas hasn't won more than nine games since 2009, but it's had a top-three recruiting class three times since then; the Longhorns have a top 10 class on the way in 2016, too. 

With the right head coach - whether it's Charlie Strong or someone else - Texas can be as good as anyone in the sport. 

Next: No. 1, ??? >>>

1. Ohio State

A Big Ten team at No. 1? Yep. 

Urban Meyer is proving what type of success can be had at Ohio State with an incredible head coach. The three-time national champion had immediate success in Columbus, going 12-0 his first season and losing just three games since taking over in 2012. 

Meyer's made winning seem easy with the Buckeyes. It can be with the right head coach. This might surprise you, but Ohio is one of the top five or six recruiting states in the country, and the Buckeyes are really the only program in state. No other elite college football program can make that claim (Florida has FSU and Miami; Texas has TCU, Baylor, A&M; Alabama has Auburn; USC has UCLA; even Georgia has Georgia Tech; etc.). Ohio State could field a team solely comprised of players from the Buckeye State and still compete for national titles.

It doesn't have to, though. Ohio State's a national brand with one of the biggest athletic departments in the country. There's money, history, an iconic stadium, a passionate fan base and excellent facilities. The Big Ten is stable and annually gives the Buckeyes a big fat check thanks to TV revenue. Ohio State's also in a conference that is typically easier to get through than the SEC. 

What more could a college coach want? 

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