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Big Ten coach rankings 2020: James Franklin stays at the top, but Ryan Day closes the gap

james-franklin-bowl-game.jpgUSATSI There’s been a bit of a changing of the guard in our Big Ten coach rankings the last couple of years. Last year saw the departure of Urban Meyer, a coach who had never finished lower than third in our annual ranking of Power Five coaches. This year, the conference loses Mark Dantonio. While never reaching the level of Meyer, Dantonio was a constant presence in our top 15 who sometimes cracked the top 10.

With both gone, there’s a bit of a vacuum atop the Big Ten that needs to be filled. James Franklin remains atop the conference rankings, but there’s been some shuffling behind him. Despite some changes at the top, the Big Ten fared well overall in our rankings. It only had two coaches finish in the top 10, but seven of its coaches were ranked in our top 25. All in all, the 14 Big Ten coaches finished with an average rank of 30.8. Only the SEC bested that average, finishing at 28.2.

While the conference’s overall standing is strong, there is a clear divide between the top and bottom. Seven coaches finished in the top 25, but there were also five coaches who finished in the bottom 25. Then there are a couple in the middle where arguments can be made for them being on either end of the spectrum.

Complete Power Five coach rankings: 1-25 | 26-65 

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