Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles and Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban greet each other midfield before the start of their game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

College football’s top 14 head coaches

In an ongoing series on looking ahead to the 2014 college football season, today the top 14 head coaches in the sports were ranked and the results were surprising, with the exception of Nick Saban coming in at No. 1.

No current college football coach can match the resume of Saban who has won three national titles with the Alabama Crimson Tide and one with the LSU Tigers to give him an unrivaled four championships among his active contemporaries.

The rest of the list features some of his SEC brethren, but there are at least two notable snubs from the top conference in college football who did not make the cut.

Here are the top 14 college football head coaches according to Bryan Fischer of

14. Mike Riley, Oregon State

13. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State

12. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

11. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

10. David Cutcliffe, Duke

9. Gary Patterson, TCU

8. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State

7. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

6. Art Briles, Baylor

5. Bill Snyder, Kansas State

4. David Shaw, Stanford

3. Urban Meyer, Ohio State

2. Chris Petersen, Washington

1. Nick Saban, Alabama

My initial reaction was surprise to see Petersen at No. 2 ahead of Meyer. Sure, he was a fantastic coach at Boise State but to have him ranked ahead of Meyer and his two national championships was a stunner. He has a big challenge ahead of him in his first year at Washington to continue his success he had with the Broncos.

No surprise to see the names ranked from 3-9 as they routinely are challenging for conference and in some cases competing for national titles. I was mildly surprised to see Cutcliffe in the top 10 ahead of Spurrier and Fisher who own a national title.

The biggest shocker to me is having Sumlin and Riley on the list ahead of guys like Les Miles, Mark Richt, Gus Malzahn and Frank Beamer. How can you leave off Miles who has a national title and appeared in another over those two? Richt and Beamer’s resumes speak for themselves and Malzahn just took the SEC by storm en route to playing in the BCS Championship Game.

Sumlin is trending up on the list, but I wouldn’t have put him ahead of any of those four at the moment. I may put him ahead of them in the next three-five years, but can’t do it now.

Who did you think was the biggest snub on the list? Who did you think was ranked too high or too low?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Tags: Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Jimbo Fisher Nick Saban Urban Meyer


    Once you get past Saban, Stoops, Meyers Spurrier and Fisher who all won national championships the rest of these coaches have never even played in a NC game….I am missing something here.

    • ronbad1

      Well Beamer got VT to the NC but FSU beat them. Think that was late 90s though.

  • Nahlij

    How do u not have Bobby Petrino on this list? Say what you want about his character or his loyalty but the dude can flat out coach! He’s one of the top 3 for sure and probably the top on the offensive side of the ball!