Six Big Ten Football Coaches Made CBS’ Top 25 Ranking

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first_imgIowa coach Kirk Ferentz talking to James Franklin before a football game.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions visits with head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes before their match-up on September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The Big Ten has missed out on the College Football Playoff in three of the last four years, but the conference is still one of the two or three best in the country. Part of the Big Ten’s recent success against other conferences has come as a result of some pretty remarkable coaching.On Wednesday CBS Sports writer Tom Fornelli revealed the site’s ranking of the top 25 coaches in the Power Five. On the list were six coaches from the Big Ten who have either taken their teams to new heights or are expected to.While none of the Big Ten coaches cracked the top ten, Penn State’s James Franklin came in at No. 11. Fornelli explained that with Urban Meyer having left Ohio State, he stands atop the conference’s mountain as the best coach in the Big Ten.Congratulations, James Franklin. Now that Meyer is gone, you are the highest-ranked coach in the Big Ten. Franklin drops a spot out of the top 10 in this year’s rankings, but it’s likely due more to other coaches moving up than anything Franklin did. Yes, the Lions took a small step back to 9-4 after winning 22 games between 2016 and 2017 but most expected them to.At No. 13 is Mark Dantonio of Michigan State, who is ranked two spots ahead of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. No. 16 on the list is Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who led the Wildcats to the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time in his tenure last season.At No. 22 is Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, who has led the Hawkeyes to six straight bowl games and 16 in his last 18 years. Fornelli said he personally has Ferentz at No. 15, and called the longtime Iowa coach “underappreciated by most.”It’s so difficult to rank Ferentz as opinions of him vary. I had him at No. 15 on my ballot because I admire the long track record and the program he’s built at Iowa. I’m sure others punish him because, even though he’s been consistently good for a long time, he doesn’t have a bunch of division and conference titles. Both opinions are defensible and logical. I still think he’s underappreciated by most, though.Rounding out the list at No. 25 is Nebraska head coach Scott Frost, who went 4-8 with the Cornhuskers in his first year at the helm. But Fornelli noted that he is still confident that Frost can turn the program around.Noticeably absent from the list was Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, who is set to take over for Urban Meyer full time this season.[CBS Sports]last_img read more