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Sherrone Moore, Dabo Swinney among college football coaches that could move significantly in 2025 rankings

Sherrone Moore, Dabo Swinney among college football coaches that could move significantly in 2025 rankings

CBS Sports released its 2024 Power Four coach rankings this week, highlighting 68 of the most prominent program leaders in the sport. Coaches such as Texas‘ Steven Sarkisian and Washington’s Jedd Fisch enjoyed a massive jump in their respective rankings, while Baylor’s Dave Aranda and Arkansas‘ Sam Pittman saw their stock drop.

The retirement of former Alabama coach Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh leaving his post at Michigan to take the vacant job with the Los Angeles Chargers led to movement near the top. Oregon’s Dan Lanning (9), Florida State’s Mike Norvell (8), Alabama’s Kalen DeBoer (7), and Sarkisian (5) all jumped into the top 10, while Georgia’s Kirby Smart assumed the top spot. 

DeBoer’s jump comes less than two years after he was ranked No. 51 in the 2022 edition. He jumped 20 spots in 2023 and another 24 this time around after leading Washington to the College Football Playoff title game this past season.

2024 Droppers Dave Aranda, Baylor -26       (28 to 55)  Sam Pittman, Arkansas. -17          (42 to 58)  P.J. Fleck, Minnesota -15        (24 to 39)  Mack Brown, UNC -15           (22 to 37)  Sonny Dykes, TCU -11             (11 to 22) 
2024 Risers Steve Sarkisian, Texas +32       (37 to 5)  Eli Drinkwitz, Missouri +30        (51 to 21)  Jedd Fisch, Washington +30      (61 to 31)  Dan Lanning, Oregon +27     (36 to 9)  Kalen DeBoer, Alabama +24.    (31 to 7) 

The biggest droppers from 2022 to 2023 were Boston College’s Jeff Hafley Baylor’s and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.

While it’s impossible to project the ever-changing landscape of the sport, here are six coaches who could see movement in their ranking in 2025.

2024 Power Four coach rankings: 68-26 | 25-1

Riser: Deion Sanders, Colorado

2023 rank: 55 2024 rank: 61

Measuring success at Colorado is different than almost any other Power Four program. The Buffaloes have posted just two seasons with eight or more wins since 2003. While Sanders’ 4-8 mark in 2023 looks bad on paper, it was a drastic increase from a 1-11 showing the year before. Sanders’ roster-building tactics are unconventional because Colorado heavily emphasizes the transfer portal while putting high school recruiting on the back burner. Sanders followed through on the strong statements he made about the offensive line following a loss to UCLA last fall, completely overhauling the group with…

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