Sporting News has released its ranking of the college football head coaches heading into the 2021 season and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly ranked fourth on the list.
Kelly has led Notre Dame to an impressive 43-8 record and two playoff appearances in the last four seasons. Here is what SN had to say about Kelly's standing among the best coaches in the game.
"Kelly slipped to No. 20 in our 2018 rankings, but he reinvented his Notre Dame stint with a three-year run that includes a 33-6 record and two Playoff appearances. The Irish have learned from Playoff losses to Clemson and Alabama, and the program continues to evolve. It's the same track record as the next coach on this list." - Sporting News
Kelly moved up two spots on the list after ranking sixth a season ago. Alabama head coach Nick Saban ranked first, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney ranked second and Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley ranked third.
Here is where Notre Dame's 2021 opponents ranked on the list.
#10 - Mack Brown, North Carolina
#13 - Luke Fickell, Cincinnati
#17 - Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
#24 - David Shaw, Stanford
#25 - Clay Helton, USC
#32 - Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia
#51 - Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
#58 - Jeff Brohm, Purdue
#64 - Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech
#67 - Mike Norvell, Florida State
#75 - Ken Niumatalolo, Navy
#80 - Jason Candle, Toledo
Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea ranked No. 77 heading into his first season as the head coach at Vanderbilt.
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