Apparently, the Big Ten’s 3-7 record in 2017 bowl games didn’t change the perception of its coaches.
ESPN’s Brian Bennett released his tiers of college football coaching staffs by conference on Wednesday, and the Big Ten undoubtedly finished at the top of the list. Unsurprisingly, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer played a crucial role in his verdict.
“He’s (Meyer) no worse than one of the two best coaches in college football, with only Alabama’s Nick Saban as serious competition,” Bennett said.
Meyer has compiled a 61-6 mark in 5 seasons, including a win over Oregon in the national title game in 2015. Overall, he has collected 3 titles in his prestigious, 15-year coaching career.
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Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Penn State’s James Franklin and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio also factored into Bennett’s decision. In his 2 seasons in Ann Arbor, Mich., Harbaugh has collected back-to-back, 10-win campaigns, highlighted by a 41-7 victory over Florida in the 2015 Citrus Bowl.
Moreover, Franklin’s Nittany Lions are coming off a surprising Big Ten title, in which they came back from the largest deficit in conference championship-game history. While the Spartans program is in the midst of turmoil — 4 players are suspended while being investigated following sexual assault allegations — Dantonio has guided the program to a minimum of 11 wins in five of the last six seasons.