College football’s top 35 coaches ahead of 2023 season, ranked: Kirby Smart grabs top billing

The ranking of the top 35 college football coaches ahead of the 2023 season provides immediate talking point at the start of spring training among programs with a chance of making the college football playoffs next season. We saw parity dominate the 2022 campaign as Sonny Dykes and TCU went from unranked to promotion to the national championship game before Georgia’s destruction.

Will we see another freshman coach lead his team to the cusp of a title in 2023? There is some recentness bias in these rankings, and a coach’s 2022 finish has a significant impact on how he feels about participating in the 2023 campaign. The career track record is of the greatest value, along with how many programs would be drawn to the appropriate agents if these coaches provided themselves.

Remember how LSU hired Brian Kelly and USC snatched Lincoln Riley from USC during the previous coaching cycle? These were unbeatable moves by tigers and trojans that provided an immediate return on investment.

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Here’s our ranking of the top 35 college football coaches ahead of the 2023 season and why they ended up where they are.


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