In the third installment of the conference coaching rankings, we take a look at the Big 10. Overall, there’s a lot left to be desired with these coaches. While most have had good moments, there is grandiose success coming out of the Big 10.
Only one coach, Urban Meyer has won a national championship. He did that twice with the Florida Gators. Still, there’s no guarantee that Meyer can lead the Buckeyes to the promised land in 2014. After all, Ohio State is coming off of two straight losses.
Mark Dantonio has built a stout defense in “Spartan Country” and they are ready to duplicate last season’s success. Dantonio is a Rose Bowl Champion and not many Big 10 coaches can say that.
There are quite a few new coaches jumping into the Big 10. Whether it’s with Randy Edsall and Kyle Flood changing conferences, or James Franklin taking on the Penn State challenge, it will be fascinating to see how they all adapt to new surroundings.
SEC coaching rankings.
ACC coaching rankings.
Now let’s take a look at the Big 10 coaching rankings.
1. Mark Dantonio– Michigan State: It may come as a surprise to many to have Mark Dantonio as the No. 1 coach in the Big 10, but the Spartans could be creating something special in East Lansing. Three of the last four years, Michigan State has won at least 11 games, including a Rose Bowl winning season in 2013.
2. Urban Meyer- Ohio State: The Buckeyes were rolling behind Urban Meyer in their first 24 games. However, Ohio State lost their last two games to end the season. Still, you could notice the immediate impact Meyer has had on the sidelines. He’s the only Big 10 coach to win a national title with two BCS victories at Florida.
3. James Franklin– Penn State: All you need to know is that James Franklin made Vanderbilt viable and relevant. Therefore, it seems that the possibilities will be endless at Penn State. Will he take the Big 10 by storm in his first season?
4. Bo Pelini- Nebraska: The Huskers haven’t won fewer than nine games in six seasons. They also haven’t won more than 10 games in that span. While Nebraska is not quite mediocre, they haven’t been elite and that’s where the Huskers are trying to get back to. Bo Pelini is (4-3) in Bowl games and (58-24) overall.
5. Brady Hoke– Michigan: Brady Hoke started off with a bang in 2011. The Wolverines finished (11-2) in his first season, but the win total has dwindled over the past two years. Michigan has totaled 15 wins, while losing two bowl games. It’s safe to say it’s a big year for Brady Hoke and Michigan.
6. Kirk Ferentz- Iowa: Kirk Ferentz has been at Iowa since 1999 and built the program back up early in the 2000’s. He had three straight years of double digit victories from 2002-2004, but only had one more big season in the last 10 years. For the most part, Iowa has been a middle of the pack team in the Big 10 with very few losing seasons.
7. Gary Anderson- Wisconsin: Gary Andersen took Wisconsin to a (9-4) record in his first season as a Badger. He’ll continue with his success in the running game. Overall, Andersen has had three consecutive winning seasons, including two at Utah State.
8. Jerry Kill- Minnesota: Jerry Kill took over Northern Illinois and increased their win total every year. He’s done the same with Minnesota. Although he missed quite a few games due to health concerns, Kill has been steady in his turnaround of the Gophers.
9. Pat Fitzgerald– Northwestern: Northwestern had gone to five straight bowl games until the bottom fell out last season. The Wildcats were a possession away from jumping into the top 10, but the loss to Ohio State derailed a promising season. Can Pat Fitzgerald right the ship this season. He has a (55-46) record as Northwestern’s coach.
10. Randy Edsall- Maryland: Randy Edsall has never won 10 games in a season, but he does have a BCS bowl on his resume. Quiet as kept, the Terps have some offensive talent that could help their transition into the Big 10. In his first three seasons at Maryland, Edsall has gone from (2-10), (4-8), to (7-6).
11. Kyle Flood– Rutgers: Kyle Flood is entering his third season as Rutgers’ head coach. He has a (15-11) record with the program and two bowl appearances. We’ll know a lot about the Rutgers program this coming season. They’ll have to come with some physical defense.
12. Kevin Wilson- Indiana: His overall record is not good at Indiana. The Hoosiers are sitting at (10-26) with him on the sidelines. What it doesn’t say is that Indiana has been trending in the right direction. They always have an exciting offense, and if they earn a bowl game, Kevin Wilson should be in line for coach of the year votes.
13. Tim Beckman– Illinois: Tim Beckman is another young exciting coach with big things for the future. It will be interesting to see what the Illini look like in the third season. Beckman is (6-18) at Illinois.
14. Darrell Hazell- Purdue: Hazell is entering his second season as the Purdue head coach. Last season, the Boilermakers were (1-11). We think he’ll turn around that program quickly, and they need to see progress in 2014. .