This is purely a subjective report as to which coaches are the best. If we didn’t include your favorite then feel free to do that in your mind. Without further ado here are the Top 20 coaches in Division 1 College Football in 2018.
20- Paul Chryst- Wisconsin
He has been a head coach in Madison for three seasons. In that time, he is 34-7 and has won the Big Ten West twice. His stock keeps rising.
19- Mark Richt- Miami
He has the Hurricanes heading in the right direction with 9 wins his first season and 10 last year.
18- Pat Fitzgerald- Northwestern
He takes a non-descript Big Ten team and wins. 10-3 last year.
17- Scott Frost- Nebraska
He took a winless team and eventually they became undefeated in three seasons. He will be a big upgrade in Lincoln.
16- Lincoln Riley- Oklahoma
Yes it is true, he inherited a great program but the fact remains he can win.
15- Jim Harbaugh- Michigan
He is 28-11 since he got to Michigan. Some want to judge him by being 0-3 against Ohio State.
14- Dan Mullen- Florida
He takes his coaching strategy from Mississippi State to Florida. This will help the Gators. His rank is considering what he did at his other job.
13- Bill Snyder- Kansas State
Lots of reason for this lofty ranking is what he has done in the past. He had a great 2017 season which removed the sour taste of the last few years in the SEC.
12- Gus Malzahn- Auburn
The guy can flat-out coach and now has his team on the doorstep to a national title.
11- James Franklin- Penn State
He took a group of unhappy boosters and made them happy again. He has won 11 games each of the previous two seasons. Without Saquon Barkley he will have to do his best coaching.
10- Mike Gundy- Oklahoma State
Six times in the last eight years he has won at least 10 games in a season. He is reaching for that elusive Big 12 title.
9- Chip Kelly- UCLA
He’s back! While at Oregon he was very successful at 46-7. He may be rusty a bit in college football but it will return quickly.
8- David Shaw- Stanford
The Cardinal are remarkably consistent every year and will win several Pac-12 games.
7- Gary Patterson- TCU
The Horned Frogs were 11-3 last year as they rebounded from 6-7 the previous year. They win for the most part and are always knocking on the Big 12 door.
6- Chris Petersen- Washington
The Huskies were 10-3 and went to a bowl. Petersen will have this team bowling almost every year and likely to secure a New Year’s game.
5- Kirby Smart- Georgia
His stock is on the way up. His team won the SEC and was on the verge of a national championship.
4- Jimbo Fisher – Texas A&M
He did a remarkable job at Florida State and now is looking to take the Aggies to new heights. He has the reputation of taking a team and building them into the national conversation.
3- Dabo Swinney- Clemson
Look at the record. He has gone 40-4 in the past three season and secured a national championship. He is knocking on the door of the next two coaches.
2. Urban Meyer- Ohio State
The Buckeyes have dominated the Big Ten under Meyer with a 47-3 record along with 73-8 in the previous six seasons. Urban has won three national championships.
1- Nick Saban- Alabama
His team is the best and he is the best. He wins championships and may be ready to proclaim the best college football coach ever.