Clemson is fresh off a national title, coach Dabo Swinney’s first. As a result, the Sporting News moved Swinney up in its annual college football coach rankings.
The 10th-year Clemson head coach moved up to No. 3, trailing only Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer on the list.
“We could have put Swinney at No. 2, but we’re holding off for now,” wrote Bill Bender. “Six straight double-digit win seasons and back-to-back championship appearances, not to mention a pair of head-to-head wins against the next coach, is a heck of a case. The next two coaches, however, have done it more than once.”
Swinney was ranked No. 4 by the Sporting News last season, after Clemson lost to Alabama in the national championship game two seasons ago.
But the Tigers got the job done last season, a late touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow clinching the game in the final seconds.
Swinney has a 89-28 record since taking over the head coaching spot at Clemson in 2008.