TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is nearly over just as fast as it started. Just a few weeks remain for bowl eligible teams to finish their seasons on a high note and walk out with one last victory.With the close of the college football season comes awards season. The Heisman Trophy was handed out two weekends ago, and the awards circuit continued today when the finalists for the Bear Bryant Award were announced on Wednesday afternoon.Here are the seven finalists for the coach of the year award:Bill Clark – UABJosh Heupel – UCFBrian Kelly – Notre DameJeff Monken – Army West PointNick Saban – AlabamaDabo Swinney – ClemsonJeff Tedford – Fresno StateThe list comes from Dennis Dodd.Bear Bryant Award finalists announced (coach of the year)Bill Clark – UABJosh Heupel – UCFBrian Kelly – Notre DameJeff Monken – Army West PointNick Saban – AlabamaDabo Swinney – ClemsonJeff Tedford – Fresno State University— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) December 19, 2018All seven are deserving candidates for the award. Heupel, Kelly, Saban and Swinney all led their programs to undefeated seasons, though Bill Clark’s UAB team just pulled off a 10-win season.Jeff Monken led Army to arguably its best season in program history and Jeff Tedford continues to keep Fresno State in the conversation – the Bulldogs just knocked off Herm Edwards and Arizona State in their bowl game.The winner will be announced on January 9.