This is looking like a big season in the Big Ten. The league’s strength with elite coaches is a big reason why.
Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel ranked his top-20 coaches for the upcoming season, with Alabama’s Nick Saban ranking first — no surprise there.
Though there are only three Big Ten coaches in the list, they’re all in the top five:
5. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
He turned around Stanford and has already done the same with Michigan. The next task is to beat the Big Ten coaches ahead of him on this ranking.
4. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
The Spartans have been piling up 11-win seasons under Dantonio.
2. Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Meyer is 50-4 in four seasons at Ohio State. That boggles the mind.
These kind of lists always see plenty of changes from year to year. But there’s no reason to think any of these three will fall much, if at all.