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Three Pac-12 Coaches Rank in Top 25 Power Rankings

It is often said that things happen in threes, and the Pac-12 will have the final say on that.

We're just days away from spring practices getting underway across the country, as preparations for the 2022 season are right around the corner. 

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman recently pieced together a top 25 list that ranked college football head coaches, and by no surprise, Alabama's Nick Saban topped the list. Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Georgia's Kirby Smart followed to round out silver and bronze placements on Feldman's list. 

Feldman offered the following quick explanation prior to going deep into his list:

"Ranking college football’s top 25 coaches is one of the trickier exercises Stewart Mandel and I do. I tend to value more a coach’s total career, whereas Stew has more recency bias. I did consider a few coaches like Michigan State’s Mel Tucker and Baylor’s Dave Aranda, but I think it’s too soon to have them on my list. We just need to see a little more in their bodies of work. (And another caveat: I do consider this more of a body of work, so I steer clear of coaches who have had two seasons or less at the FBS level.)"

The Pac-12 saw three of their own land on Feldman's list (former Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal would have been No. 4), with two coaches placing inside his top 10.

Three Pac-12 Coaches Rank in Top 25 Rankings

Lincoln Riley
Kyle Whittingham
Chip Kelly

Mandel also compiled his own rankings, and listed only Riley (No. 6) and Whittingham (No. 7).