LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – You don't have to be Rick Pitino and John Calipari to fuss about the list that Athlon Sports has shared about the top college football coaches in America.

Athlon has ranked every college football coach in America from 1-to-128.

Nick Saban of Alabama is first. No surprise.

Urban Meyer of Ohio State is second. No surprise.

Bobby Petrino of Louisville is 12th. Slight surprise.

Five coaches from the ACC -- Petrino; Jimbo Fisher of Florida State; Dabo Swinney of Clemson; Mark Richt of Georgia and David Cutcliffe of Duke --  are ranked in the top 16.

One coach from the SEC is ranked in the top 16. That, of course, is Saban -- and even Jim Harbaugh wouldn't snub him.

I'm not a candidate to write for SECCountry.com, but even I wondered how far Bear Bryant would throw his hounds-tooth cap after reading that.

Les Miles has won a national title and finished in the Top 10 a few other times at Louisiana State. Ask coaches in the Big Ten how difficult it was to compete against Bret Bielama at Wisconsin before he left for Arkansas. Gus Malzahn of Auburn? His credentials should be debated.

Here are the top 16 (editorial comments, no extra charge):

1. Saban, Alabama (of course).

2. Meyer, Ohio State (ditto).

3. Harbaugh, Michigan (a personal favorite, but you might disagree).

4. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State (too high)

5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma (too high)

6. Gary Patterson, TCU (usually underrated but not here).

7. Fisher, Florida State (I guess).

8. David Shaw, Stanford (very solid).

9. Swinney, Clemson (not convinced).

10. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame (Irish fans starting to grumble).

11. Bill Snyder, Kansas State (top eight).

12. Petrino, Louisville (needs to beat FSU or Clemson).

13. Chris Petersen, Washington (hasn’t shown much in Pac-12).

14. Tom Herman, Houston (the chosen one).

15. Cutcliffe, Duke (usually overlooked).

16. Richt, Miami (Georgia fans want to discuss).

For the record, here are the rankings of other coaches with local connections:

Charlie Strong, Texas, 32nd.

Kevin Wilson, Indiana, 48th.

Jeff Brohm, Western Kentucky, 61st.

Mark Stoops, Kentucky, 83rd.

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