Nothing screams college football offseason like a ranking of the top head coaches in the sport. These type of exercises always stir up passionate debate among fans.
After that, the rankings become more subjective. 247Sports’ Brad Crawford released his list of the top 25 coaches in college football this morning.
His top five looks as follows:
- Nick Saban, Alabama
- Dabo Swinney, Clemson
- Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma
- Kirby Smart, Georgia
- Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
Looking at this top five, the most notable absence is Ohio State’s Ryan Day, who Crawford actually slotted sixth. Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly came in seventh.
We don’t think anyone is unseating Saban at the top any time soon, but if coaches like Riley, Smart, Day or Kelly can win their first national titles, they certainly have a chance of moving up the rankings on later lists.