Where did CBS Sports rank Ryan Day in its annual college football coach ranking?

CBSsports has released its annual ranking of the best college football coaches. Ohio State’s Ryan Day came in 6th overall, according to CBS. While this is an excellent spot for such a young head coach, it’s a drop from the 2021 rankings, where Day finished 4th.

Here’s what CBSsports had to say about Day and why he fell:

No one questions Day’s offensive acumen, but we’ve seen some slippage on the defensive side of the ball with Columbus, and that cost the Buckeyes a couple of games. The day is still 34-4 in three seasons, which is an incredible start, but a two-loss season is considered a failure in Ohio State — especially if that second loss didn’t come in the college football playoffs. Last year also ended Ohio State’s streak of four straight Big Ten titles, which only slightly impacted Day’s standing among our constituents.

WATCH: Ohio State head coach Ryan Day previews annual spring game

WATCH: Ohio State head coach Ryan Day previews annual spring game

March 23, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day watches during Ohio State Pro Day at the Woody Hayes Facility. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

In three years, Day has certainly made his presence known and risen to the upper echelons of coaching. With the changes that have been made on the defensive side of the ball, he could very well move further up this list in the near future.

Day was the highest-rated coach in the Big Ten, but the conference ranked a whopping eight coaches in the top 25.

#24 – Mel Tucker, Michigan State

No. 23—PJ Fleck, Minnesota

No. 21—Pat Fitzgerald, Northwest

No. 15—James Franklin, Penn State

No. 14—Paul Chryst, Wisconsin

No. 13—Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

No. 9—Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

It’s funny how much status a win over the Buckeyes gives a coach. Harbaugh jumped 14 places from the 2021 rankings.

The top 5 are rounded off by:

#5 – Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

#4—Lincoln Riley, USC

No. 3 – Dabo Swinney, Clemson

#2 – Kirby Smart, Georgia

#1 – Nick Saban, Alabama

It’s hard to argue with these names, except for one. With the exception of Riley, all have a national title on their resume. Sure, the former Oklahoma head coach has made three college football playoff appearances but has yet to win or even play a national championship game. I mean, Day won at least one playoff game. I think that’s all fodder. Do you think CBS got it right? Where would you rank the head coach of OSU?

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