Ranking the top 15 active college football coaches without a national championship

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Sep 21, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly (left) shakes hands after the game with Michigan State Spartans coach Mark Dantonio at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Who are the best college football coaches who have had a tremendous amount of success but have fallen short when it comes to the ultimate glory of a national championship?

This is an honor that you don’t want. Coaches and players compete to win a championship, but not everyone can be that lucky to win a national title, so this is their moment to get some as the best coaches who aren’t sporting a flashy diamond championship ring on their finger.

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Urban Meyer won his third national championship, Nick Saban has four and Jimbo Fisher, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier, Bob Stoops and Larry Coker are the only active college football coaches with national titles on their resume, but a host of great coaches patrolling the sidelines who have yet to reach the pinnacle of their careers.

Will that time come soon? For some of the coaches on this list, they will be in the running for a berth in the College Football Playoff this season, so this fraternity could shrink by one.

Some of these coaches have been champions on lower levels, whether it be high school or Division II and some have won as assistants, but none have finished the season on top as a head coach.

Without further ado, here are the top 15 college football head coaches without a national championship.

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