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Who College Football Programs Would Try To Hire If Their Coaches Left

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Here are the ideal replacements for college football's top programs.

There's not a ton going on in the college football world right now. So, let's discuss a fun topic.

Coaching moves. Who would the top programs try to hire if their head coaches left?

What if Urban Meyer decided to leave Ohio State sometime soon? What if Nick Saban decided to do the same at Alabama?

Who would the Buckeyes and the Crimson Tide try to hire? They'd likely be going after some big names.

Here are our best guesses for the "ideal" replacements for college football's top head coaches. Of course, this is completely hypothetical. Don't freak out.

Alabama: Dabo Swinney

The Crimson Tide's first call when Nick Saban decides to retire is going to be to Dabo Swiney, who played at Alabama.

Will Swinney leave, though? Some are starting to think he won't.

Clemson: Brent Venables

The Tigers did pretty well the last time they decided to give the head coaching job to an assistant coach. Why not do it again?

Michigan: David Shaw

Jim Harbaugh is probably going to be at Michigan for a while, but when he does decide to leave - for, maybe, the NFL - Shaw would be a perfect hire.

Michigan State: Pat Narduzzi

If Mark Dantonio decides to leave the Spartans, the obvious move would be to just bring back his former top assistant.

Notre Dame: Urban Meyer

Meyer has previously called Notre Dame his "dream" job. There are some who still think he'll end up in South Bend, Ind. someday. The Fighting Irish would try to pluck him if Kelly leaves.

Ohio State: Tom Herman

Herman's not going to leave Texas - probably, anyway - but the Buckeyes first call after Urban Meyer leaves would be to his former star assistant coach. Meyer might not be going anywhere anytime soon, though - he recently revealed that he's about to sign a new extension.

Penn State: Matt Rhule

Rhule, 42, did a tremendous job at nearby Temple and with a couple of good seasons at Baylor, he could be the guy to eventually replace James Franklin, if he leaves earlier than expected.

Texas - Mike Norvell

Tom Herman is very young and, hopefully, he'll be at Texas for a long time, but if for some reason the Longhorns have to make a change, perhaps Mike Norvell will get the call. He's young, on the rise and should be ready for a big job in a couple of years at the latest.