The Coach of the Year will be recognized months from now, but Nick Saban has already proven he will deserve it just as much as anyone else and is nearly a lock to win it.
Here is the official description:
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award recognizes college football coaches who demonstrate Sportsmanship, Integrity, Responsibility and Excellence both on and off the field. Endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame, the program awards one winning coach from each NCAA division (I-FBS, I-FCS, II, and III) with $50,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, a $20,000 grant to each school’s alumni association, and the Coach of the Year trophy.
It goes to the coach that does the most amazing things with his team in classy fashion, but it doesn't always go to the coach of a national championship team. Saban didn't win the honors after his two championship runs with the Tide.
Based on his track record, what he has done this season and what he is expected to do all provide a straight path to the award.