Nick Saban of Alabama, Number One. Urban Meyer of Ohio State, Number Two.
Even Bo Jackson couldn't disagree with Saban. Meyer deserves second place, but I'm certain there are folks in Michigan and Florida who would fuss about that.
Then the debate begins – Bill Snyder of Kansas State, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma, Les Miles of Louisiana State, Chris Petersen of Boise State, Brian Kelly of Notre Dame. You know the contenders.
But here is the question that resonates on the local scene: Does Bobby Petrino belong in the Top 10?
Mandel and Lassan have him there. Hayes does not, ranking Petrino 20th.
I've assigned scores to their rankings and created a combined list. Before the start of the 2013 season, I'm going to collect lists from Eric Crawford, Tom Lane, Steve Andress and John Lewis of WDRB to share, along with mine.
But first, I put together the numbers for a combined Top 12:
1. Nick Saban, Alabama. I'm not sure what I can add to St. Nick's credentials.
2. Urban Meyer, Ohio State. Two national titles at Florida and a great start at Ohio State.
3. Chris Petersen, Boise State. The Brad Stevens of college football.
4. Bill Snyder, Kansas State. You saw what happened to K-State when he tried to retire.
5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma. He's won a lot of games, but it certainly appears that he is currently being out-recruited by his younger brother.
6. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame. Don't forget what he did at Cincinnati.
7. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina. Progress has been a bit slower in Columbia than it was in Gainesville.
8. Gary Patterson, TCU. Defense remains his calling card.
9. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern. There is no reason for Northwestern to be in the upper half of the Big Ten.
10. Bobby Petrino, Western Kentucky. The best football coach I've seen in this area in more than three decades.
11. Mark Richt, Georgia. Great guy, but he still hasn't taken the Bulldogs to the Herschel Walker Zone.
12. Les Miles, Louisiana State. I talked to a bunch of LSU fans at the College World Series, and I was surprised at how quickly they criticized their guy.