Nick Saban, Urban Meyer Highlight 2025 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Pictured: Former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer (left) and former LSU and Alabama head coach Nick Saban (right).

Seven-time national champion coach Nick Saban headlines the 2025 College Football Hall of Fame ballot consisting of nearly 200 players and 43 coaches from the FBS and divisional ranks.

Saban retired in January from Alabama after a storied career in which he became the first coach to win national titles at two FBS schools (LSU and Alabama) since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936. Under Saban, Alabama finished in the top 10 of the final AP Poll in a record 16 consecutive seasons, including 12 top-five finishes.

Joining Saban on the ballot is another national title-winning coach: Urban Meyer.

Both Saban and Meyer started their head coaching careers in the MAC — Saban at Toledo, Meyer at Bowling Green — had short stints as NFL head coaches and won national titles at two schools.

Meyer won three national titles: two at Florida and one at Ohio State.

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Besides Saban and Meyer, several players made the ballot in their first year of candidacy: Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, LSU guard Alan Faneca, Tennessee defensive tackle John Henderson, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Cal wide receiver/return specialist DeSean Jackson, Cal offensive lineman Alex Mack, West Virginia running back Steve Slaton and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.

Notable players nominated from the FCS ranks included Towson punter Sean Landeta and Texas Southern defensive lineman Michael Strahan.

The ballot for the 2025 class was announced by the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame on Monday.

“Being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game, and we look forward to announcing the 2025 College Football Hall of Fame Class early next year,” National Football Foundation President & CEO Steve Hatchell said.

Other notable players on the ballot include Michigan State tackle Flozell Adams, Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter, Tennessee wide receiver Willie Gault, Syracuse wide receiver/kick returner Marvin Harrison, Cal running back Marshawn Lynch, Florida State kicker Sebastian Janikowski, Virginia wide receiver Herman Moore and Kansas State defensive back Terence Newman.

The announcement of the 2025 College Football Hall of Fame Class is expected to be made in January.

The 2025 College Football Hall of Fame class will be officially inducted during the 67th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9, 2025, at the Bellagio Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas. The members of the Hall of Fame class also will be honored at their respective schools with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute during the 2025 season.

Here is a complete list of players and coaches from the FBS.

FBS Player Candidates

Alabama RB Mark IngramOklahoma QB Josh Heupel
Alabama OT Chris SamuelsOle Miss OL Terrence Metcalf
Arizona State K Luis ZendejasOle Miss OL Michael Oher
Arkansas DT Wayne MartinOregon RB Kenjon Barner
Auburn LB Gregg CarrOregon DT Haloti Ngata
Auburn G Ed KingPenn State RB Ki-Jana Carter
Auburn LB Takeo SpikesPenn State RB D.J. Dozier
Boise State QB Kellen MoorePitt QB Matt Cavanaugh
Cal WR/PR DeSean JacksonPitt DT Aaron Donald
Cal RB Marshawn LynchPitt Craig Heyward
Cal OL Alex MackPurdue WR Taylor Stubblefield
Colorado DB Chris HudsonRice WR Jarett Dillard
Florida DL Alex BrownSMU DB Russell Carter
Florida DT Brad CulpepperSyracuse WR/KR Marvin Harrison
Florida State K Sebastian JanikowskiTCU RB Kenneth Davis
Florida State WR Peter WarrickTennessee WR Willie Gault
Fresno State WR/KR Bernard BerrianTennessee DT John Henderson
Georgia RB Garrison HearstTennessee WR Larry Seivers
Georgia DT Richard SeymourTexas DB Michael Huff
Kansas State DB Terence NewmanTexas OL Dan Neil
Illinois LB Kevin HardyTexas Tech RB Byron Hanspard
Illinois LB Simeon RiceTexas Tech QB Graham Harrell
Indiana RB Vaughn DunbarUCLA RB Gaston Green
Indiana QB Antwaan Randle ElUCLA K John Lee
Iowa TE Dallas ClarkUCLA LB Ken Norton Jr
LSU G Alan FanecaUSC G Jeff Bregel
Miami QB Ken DorseyUSC DB Mark Carrier
Miami LB Darrin SmithUSC DB Dennis Thurman
Miami DB Sean TaylorUtah DB Eric Weddle
Michigan LB Erick AndersonVirginia WR Herman Moore
Michigan State OT Flozell AdamsVirginia Tech C Jim Pyne
Minnesota Greg EslingerVirginia Tech QB Michael Vick
Missouri DL Justin SmithWashington C Olin Kreutz
NC State LB Levar FisherWashington State QB Ryan Leaf
Notre Dame DB Todd LyghtWisconsin RB Montee Ball
Notre Dame LB Manti Te’oWest Virginia DB Aaron Beasley
Ohio State LB James LaurinaitisWest Virginia RB Steve Slaton
Oklahoma LB Rocky CalmusWyoming WR Ryan Yarborough
Oklahoma DB George Cumby

FBS Coach Candidates

Larry BlakeneyTroy
Jim CarlenWest Virginia
Pete Cawthon Sr.Austin College, Texas Tech
Larry CokerMiami, UTSA
Ralph FriedgenMaryland
Urban MeyerBowling Green, Utah, Florida, Ohio State
Darryl RogersCS East Bay, Fresno St., San Jose St., Michigan St., Arizona St.
Nick SabanToledo, Michigan State, LSU, Alabama
Tommy TubervilleOle Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech, Cincinnati

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