When Nick Saban retires from coaching, he will likely be viewed by most as the greatest college football coach of all time.

However, after failing to win two of the previous three Southeastern Conference championships, does Saban currently hold the title as the league’s best coach?

ESPN analyst Booger McFarland thinks so.

The Monday Night Football analyst was a recent guest on “The Paul Finebaum Show” and when asked to share his thoughts on the job Dan Mullen had done at Florida, McFarland shared his opinion that the Florida coach deserves to be mentioned among the best coaches in the SEC heading into the 2020 season.

In addition to Saban and Mullen, McFarland puts Kirby Smart and Ed Orgeron into elite status in terms of SEC coaching.

“I think if I had to rank the top four right now,” McFarland said on the show, “I would go Saban, and in some order, you can sway me in this order — it would be Saban, it would be Kirby, it would Ed and it will be Dan Mullen, and I think there’s a line of delineation right there and then there’s a second-tier.”

It’s interesting that McFarland left Jimbo Fisher, Gus Malzahn and Mark Stoops off his list, as a case could likely be made for each of them, but that’s the way he has it going into the 2020 season.