5. Chris Peterson
He became one of the hottest names in college coaching after he led Boise State to two undefeated seasons and two Fiesta Bowl victories. Since then, he has found himself at Washington where his program has been a consistent factor in the Pac-12 and within the national landscape. They have made three straight New Year’s Six appearances, including a College Football Playoff appearance in 2016.
4. Kirby Smart
Since arriving in 2016, Smart has returned Georgia to being a national power. His recruiting prowess has carried over since his time as a defensive coordinator as he continues to bring in star-studded classes. His teams have made two straight SEC Championship games and are favored to make it again in 2019.
3. Lincoln Riley
In his first two seasons as the head man at Oklahoma, Riley has developed two historic offenses and produced two Heisman Trophy winners and number one overall picks at the quarterback position. He also has led the Sooners to two straight Playoff appearances and two Big 12 championships. He is also recruiting at an incredibly high level on both sides of the ball.
2. Dabo Swinney
He is one of only two active coaches with at least two championships in college football. Swinney has turned Clemson into a top three program, along with Alabama and Ohio State. He has four straight ACC championships, four straight College Football Playoff appearances, three National Championship game appearances, and two titles to his name. As the defending champions, his program is soaring to new heights and he has a great chance to repeat in 2019.
1. Nick Saban
The gold standard for coaching in college football still resides in Tuscaloosa. Saban is the best coach in the country until proven otherwise. His results speak for themselves, six titles, countless first round picks, and countless number one recruiting classes. It is very unlikely that he will be knocked off of his pedestal by anything other than retirement.