Big Ten coach rankings 2023: Jim Harbaugh jumps Ryan Day after Michigan's consecutive wins over Ohio State – CBS Sports

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It’s a year of significant change in our Big Ten coach rankings. That change starts at the top, where Jim Harbaugh rides back-to-back conference titles, College Football Playoff appearances and head-to-head wins over Ohio State to the top spot in the conference.
But that’s not all that looks different. In our Power Five coach rankings last season, the Big Ten did not have a top-five coach, and only two were in the top 10, but the conference did well overall. It finished with eight coaches in the top 25 and 12 in the top 40.
This year, not only did Harbaugh crack the top five, but the Big Ten supplied four of the top 10 coaches in our poll. However, according to our panel, a chasm has formed between the top of the league and everybody else. The conference now only has six top-25 coaches and eight in the top 40, and after finishing with an average rank of 26.6 last season, this year’s number is 32.1.
While there wasn’t just one reason for this, the most significant factor was the plummeting stock of Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald. That affected the league’s overall standing, but how did it impact their standing within the league? Let’s find out.
Complete Power Five coach rankings: 1-25 | 26-69
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