1. Nick Saban– When it’s all said and done, he could be the most accomplished coach in the history of the game. He’s won four national championships in Tuscaloosa and if you want to go back to his days in Baton Rouge as the head coach of LSU, he’s won five championships over the last 11 seasons as a college head coach. In the nine seasons that he’s been at Alabama, he’s won ten or more games in all but one season and turned the University of Alabama into the most dominant college football program in the country today. He’s the only coach to win a national championship with two different FBS schools and he holds a record of 191-60-1 as a head coach. The resume definitely speaks for itself and he always has his Crimson Tide in the best position to win a national championship.
2. Urban Meyer– He’s been the head coach at four different schools. Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State is where he is currently. Everywhere he’s been, he’s always won and that’s something you can’t take away from him. He turned Bowling Green around from a 2-9 record to an 8-3 record in 2001 and finished his tenure there with a 17-6 record. At Utah, he finished with a 22-2 record. His days in Florida would really show how great he is when he won two national championships and won 65 games. Now in Columbus, he’s won a national title with Ohio State to give him three for his career. He’s the best coach in the country (that isn’t named Nick Saban) and in his first four seasons at Ohio State, he’s lost a total of four games. The Ohio State Buckeyes head into the 2016 season as a national title contender.
3. Jimbo Fisher– It’s incredible that a 10-3 season for the Florida State Seminoles is considered a “down year”. If you ask me, anytime you can win nine or more games in our sport, it’s a success and to me and Jimbo Fisher worked with what he had around him despite losing many key pieces from the season before. Yes, they took a small step back but that’s bound to happen when you have younger guys in your system. Since taking the job in 2010, Jimbo Fisher has a record of 68-14 including a win over Auburn in the 2014 national title game. This will be a team that will enter the 2016 season intact and with a year of more experience together. What makes Jimbo Fisher such a good coach? He’s a great recruiter, he’s a sharp minded offensive minded coach and he can identify talent and get the right guys on the field to help win football games. In the five seasons that he’s been coach of the Seminoles, they’ve won at least ten games in each of those seasons.
4. Mark Dantonio– At one time, Michigan State was more known for their basketball program. Now, they have become one of the top teams in the country and that’s all because of Mark Dantonio. Under Coach, Sparty has a record of 87-33 since the 2007 season and have won the Big Ten championship in two of its last three seasons. Last season, they won 12 games, snapped Ohio State’s winning streak on their home-field in Columbus and made the College Football Playoff where they would fall short to the eventual champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Dantonio has guided the football team to 11 victories in five of the last six seasons and he’s only recorded one losing season during his tenure in East Lansing. Although they’ve lost some key players from last seasons’ team, Mark Dantonio should keep Michigan State amongst the top 10-15 teams in college football.
5. Jim Harbaugh– He was considered an elite coach at Stanford, a top two coach while he was with the 49ers and now, he’s made the list as one of the best coaches in college football and it didn’t take long for him to get his alma mater relevant once again. Michigan finished 10-3 in Harbaugh’s first season, a five-game improvement from the previous season and the ten wins almost matched the victory total from the previous two seasons combined with 12. They can only go up from here and they enter the 2016 season with high expectations and a favorite to make the College Football Playoffs.