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CBS Sports Ranks Nick Saban As Top College Football Coach, Dabo Swinney Comes In 2nd

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

CBS Sports recently dropped its rankings for college football coaches, and the top spots won’t surprise anybody.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban came in as the top coach, and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney came in second. (RELATED: Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney Gets $93 Million Extension)

 

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Look, I might hate Alabama more than the rest of you all combined, but I can admit you have to put Saban at the top of the rankings.

You just have to. The man has won six national titles, which is tied with Bear Bryant for the most in the history of the college sport.

And yes, he lost two of the last three national titles to Clemson, but you can’t argue with Saban’s pedigree. You just can’t.

The same goes for Dabo Swinney coming in second. He’s turned Clemson into a national powerhouse and has won two rings in the past three years.

He’s a proven winner, he has elite teams and nobody has been more impressive in the past three years than he has.

The only reason he’s not number one is because of Saban’s past. If we were ranking them off of the past few seasons, then Swinney would be the clear cut top coach.

 

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As for Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst, he came in at 23, and I’m not too pleased with what CBS had to say. They wrote in part:

Not a surprise to see Chryst take a slight hit after Wisconsin had a down year in 2018. Chryst went 34-7 in his first three seasons at Wisconsin, including 22-4 in the Big Ten, but he went only 8-5 last year. Another 8-5 type season would likely knock him out of our top 25 next year.

Give me a break, CBS. Seriously, give me a break. Chryst is 42-12 through four seasons with the Badgers and he has led the team to a bowl win every single year, including wins in the Cotton and Orange bowls.

If you think he’s only the 23rd best coach in America, then you’re out of your mind. (RELATED: Will Jack Coan Or Graham Mertz Start At Quarterback For The Wisconsin Badgers?)

Let us know in the comments what you think of the rankings, and if you agree with how they shook out. I’m down with the top two spots, but it got dicey quick after that.

Don’t worry about us in Wisconsin. We’ll just do what we always do, which is just get results while everybody else talks.

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