Brian Kelly and Notre Dame rebounded after a dismal 2016 season to go 10-3 last fall. Kelly owns a .670 win percentage in eight years, and in three of those seasons, the Fighting Irish reached double digit wins.
But that still wasn’t enough for Kelly to land in the Top 25 on the Power 5 college football coaches power rankings from CBS Sports this week.
The most curious part about these rankings, though, is the fact Kelly was in the Top 25 last year following his worst season at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish went 4-8 in 2016.
Kelly missed the Top 25 by two spots, coming in at No. 27. He was ranked No. 22 a year ago.
The Irish posted their second 10-win season in the last three years under Kelly, and he falls in our rankings. There are definitely differing opinions, as some remain high on him (Sallee 11th, Dodd 14th) and others do not (Simmons and Palm 37th, Patterson 38th).
As expected, Alabama’s Nick Saban came in at No. 1 followed by Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. Other notable coaches that missed the Top 25 were Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente, Texas’s Tom Herman and Louisville’s Bobby Petrino.