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Heupel, Kelly, Saban top coach finalists

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UCF's Josh Heupel, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Alabama's Nick Saban are the finalists for The Associated Press national college football coach of the year after leading their teams to unbeaten regular seasons.

The winner will be announced Monday at noon EST.

Heupel guided No. 7 Central Florida (12-0) to a second consecutive unbeaten season. The American Athletic Conference champions will play No. 11 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Kelly led the third-ranked Fighting Irish (12-0) to its first College Football Playoff appearance. The Irish play No. 2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. Saban has No. 1 Alabama (13-0) in the playoff for the fifth consecutive season. The Crimson Tide won the Southeastern Conference and face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29.

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AP Rank
Rank School Rec
1 Alabama (13-0)
2 Clemson (13-0)
3 Notre Dame (12-0)
4 Oklahoma (12-1)
5 Ohio State (12-1)
6 Georgia (11-2)
7 UCF (12-0)
8 Michigan (10-2)
9 Washington (10-3)
10 Florida (9-3)
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Coaches Rank
Rank School Rec
1 Alabama (13-0)
2 Clemson (13-0)
3 Notre Dame (12-0)
4 Oklahoma (12-1)
5 Ohio State (12-1)
6 Georgia (11-2)
7 UCF (12-0)
8 Michigan (10-2)
9 Washington (10-3)
10 Florida (9-3)
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