He has an overall head coaching record of 177-31 over 16 seasons with stops at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He’s won three national championships, the latest of which came under the guidance of a third-string quarterback. And since joining Ohio State in 2012, the program has lost three Big Ten games.
Yes, we’re talking about the Buckeyes’ Urban Meyer, who Athlon Sports unsurprisingly ranked as the conference’s best coach.
— Athlon Sports (@AthlonSports) June 13, 2018
The article references all the aforementioned stats and more, including his combined record of 39-8 at Bowling Green and Utah. That dominance continued at Florida, where the Gators won two national titles under his watch, and has followed him to Columbus, Ohio, the past six seasons. In addition to that 2014 national championship, the Buckeyes have a 73–8 mark over that stretch.
This season, the Buckeyes again should be in the mix to take home another title.
Following Meyer in Athlon’s ranking was Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, with Penn State headman James Franklin coming in behind Dantonio. Find the full list of Big Ten coaches below:
- Urban Meyer (Ohio State)
- Mark Dantonio (Michigan State)
- James Franklin (Penn State)
- Jim Harbaugh (Michigan)
- Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)
- Paul Chryst (Wisconsin)
- Scott Frost (Nebraska)
- Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
- Jeff Brohm (Purdue)
- P.J. Fleck (Minnesota)
- DJ Durkin (Maryland)
- Chris Ash (Rutgers)
- Tom Allen (Indiana)
- Lovie Smith (Illinois)