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Big Ten Coaches Power Rankings: Rivalry Week

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Voted on by SBNation writers, these power rankings answer the age old question: Who is the best coach in the Big Ten right here, right now?

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After polling SBNation writers I have counted the votes and determined the one, the only, the weekly Big Ten Coaches Power Rankings.

1. Urban Meyer (Avg. Score: 1.67 LW: #1, 1.71)

Team Record (Big Ten): 34-3 (23-1)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 10-1 (7-0)

Last week: Home vs Indiana (W 42-27)

This week: Home vs Michigan

Well things got a little dicey in Columbus last week but the Hoosiers just couldn't hold on long enough to make an upset bid. Now the Buckeyes have punched their ticket to Indy and have nothing but Michigan between them and another perfect Big Ten season under Urban Meyer. If Ohio State can keep winning and get a little help, they should be set for the College Football Playoff.

Of all the voters, only Andy Ketterson from Corn Nation had Urban ranked below #1:

You'd think I'd be running out ways to insult Urban Meyer by now. You'd be dead wrong. His Smirkness' snotty mug popped up on the big screen at my local tavern Sunday night, and I immediately double-gunned the bird and said...well, they'll never print it here, but no. I am not out of insults for that two-legged choad. Not even close.

2. Jerry Kill (Avg. Score: 2.67 LW #4, 3.71)

Team Record (Big Ten): 25-24 (13-18)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 8-3 (5-2)

Last week: Away vs #23 Nebraska (W 28-24)

This week: Away vs #14 Wisconsin

GO GOPHERS GO!!! The Goldens continue to roll under the guidance of Jerry Kill and now face a play-in game in Madison. Win and get a rematch with Ohio State and most likely a great bowl game. Lose and you're only trip to Indy might be your bowl game. Either way this has been an excellent season for Jerry Kill and the Gophers, now all they have to do is finish.

Andy continues his love for the Golden Gophers:

Honestly, is there anyone who doesn't have Jerry Kill as the clear #1 on this list right now? I mean, even Ohio St. fans? This guy has worse facilities than any 5-A high school in Texas. He's rolling the dice on bringing a recruit in for a visit after October 15. In the state, his sport takes a huge backseat to hockey. And I'm guessing there's not exactly a busload of bagmen, "uncles" and "friends of the family" lining up to restock the talent coffers. OK, then, how about after they beat Wisconsin next week?

3. Mark Dantonio (Avg. Score: 2.83 LW: #2, 2.57)

Team Record (Big Ten): 73-31 (45-20)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 9-2 (6-2)

Last week: Home vs Rutgers (W 45-3)

This week: Away vs Penn State

The Spartans pounded Rutgers on Senior Day in East Lansing, but were officially eliminated from the Big Ten Title race when the Hoosier upset bid took a dive. On the bright side, if Dantonio can handle the Lions of Happy Valley he'll set Michigan State up for another New Year's Day Bowl Game.

Andy Ketterson's take:

Dantonio still looks angry. That is definitely his go-to expression. I'd hate to be the waiter who delivered the overcooked steak and had to ask how everything tasted.

4. Gary Andersen (Avg. Score: 3.17 LW #3, 2.71)

Team Record (Big Ten): 18-6 (12-3)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 9-2 (6-1)

Last week: Away vs Iowa (W 26-24)

This week: Home vs #18 Minnesota

Well Wisconsin kept the pedal down against the Hawkeyes and set Gary Andersen up with a chance to claim the title at home in Madison. Who would have thought the west would be decided by a final game in Madison between Gophers and Badgers?

I'm moving Anderson up because he took what had the makings of a brutal season early along with a QB whose strength truly lies in handoffs & pitchouts and is now a win away from another B1G title game.

- Andy Ketterson, Corn Nation

5. Randy Edsall (Avg. Score: 5.33 LW #7, 7.29)

Team Record (Big Ten): 20-28 (4-3)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 7-4 (4-3)

Last week: Away vs Michigan (W 23-16)

This week: Home vs Rutgers

Edsall spoiled my last home game so I'm not happy with him right now. Objectively though, his first season in the Big Ten has been impressive and finishing 8-4 with a win over Rutgers would be a nice way to wrap it up. Still mad about saturday though.

Randy Edsall - sitting at 4-3 ad 7-4 his 1st year in the conference. Enough said and also another reason the B1G ranks #5 among the Big 5.

- Andy Ketterson, Corn Nation


*At the time of writing the Nebraska-Iowa game had not occurred


6. Bo Pelini (Avg. Score: 7.00 LW #6,
6.14)

Team Record (Big Ten): 66-27 (21-11)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 8-3 (4-3)

Last week: Home vs #25 Minnesota (L 28-24)

This week: Away vs Iowa

From two weeks ago:

No help from Iowa or themselves and now Nebraska is on the outside looking in of the Big Ten title race. A win against Iowa could give Nebraska a solid season and a chance at a good bowl game. Nebraska won every game they should in 2014, but I doubt fans are satisfied with an 0-3 record against ranked teams.



7. Kirk Ferentz (Avg. Score: 7.17 LW #5, 6.00)

Team Record (Big Ten): 114-89 (68-59)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 7-4 (4-3)

Last week: Home vs #16 Wisconsin (L 26-24)

This week: Home vs Nebraska

Well Iowa failed to make the West interesting despite hanging with the Badgers. Now the Hawkeyes will look to end an up and down season with a solid 8-4 record by knocking off the Huskers at home. While I'm sure 8-4 or 7-5 will hardly satisfy Hawkeye fans, given this team started by struggling against the MAC and losing to Iowa State, it's a solid finish.

I'm moving Ferentz up a little because he took what looked like the makings of a disastrous season and at least turned close losses against Iowa St into close losses to Wisconsin and a 7-4 record. It's not much, but still.

- Andy Ketterson, Corn Nation

8. Pat Fitzgerald (Avg. Score: 7.83 LW #8, 7.86)

Team Record (Big Ten): 60-52 (30-41)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 5-6 (3-4)

Last week: Away vs Purdue (W 38-14)

This week: Away vs Illinois

Well Fitz and the Cardiac Cats have gone 0-2, 3-0, 0-4, and now 2-0 with only the Fighting Illini standing between Northwestern and a Bowl Game. Despite the inconsistency, Pat Fitz did win the two biggest games of the year against Wisconsin and Notre Dame. Not even Mark Dantonio can say that.

9. James Franklin (Avg. Score: 9.00 LW #9, 9.00)

Team Record (Big Ten): 6-5 (2-5)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 6-5 (2-5)

Last week: Away vs Illinois (L 14-16)

This week: Home vs #10 Michigan State

Well James Franklin joins one of the most prestigious lists in the Big Ten: coaches that have lost to Tim Beckman. On the brightside Penn State is still bowl eligible with a shot for a good feel win at home in Happy Valley this weekend. Just ignore Hackenberg's regression and the whole losing to Illinois thing.

10. Kyle Flood (Avg. Score: 10.67 LW #11, 10.00)

Team Record (Big Ten): 21-16 (2-5)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 6-5 (2-5)

Last week: Away vs #11 Michigan State (L 45-3)

This week: Away vs Maryland

Yeah I'd avoid Michigan State since they lost to OSU, they're not exactly being nice right now. Flood's first season has hardly been a great success, but I don't think anyone would call it a failure given the difference between the Big East and the Big Ten. A matchup with ex-ACC member Maryland (who obviously had an easier transition) could build some momentum towards the bowl game and possibly help build College Football's newest rivalry.

11. Darrell Hazell (Avg. Score: 11.17 LW #10, 9.57)

Team Record (Big Ten): 4-19 (1-14)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 3-8 (1-6)

Last week: Home vs Northwestern (L 38-14)

This week: Away vs Indiana

Purdue isn't bowl eligible, lost badly to another team at home and will play a bad Indiana team on saturday. Not much to see here.O Hazell has shown some progress though and the team looks a lot better than the one that was blown off the field by Central Michigan. There is a little bit of light on the horizon in West Lafayette, but still light.

12. Tim Beckman (Avg. Score: 11.67 LW #14, 13.57)

Team Record (Big Ten): 11-24 (3-20)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 5-6 (2-5)

Last week: Home vs Penn State (W 16-14)

This week: Away vs Northwestern

I apologize to Tim Beckman. I said he could coach the 76ers, but turns out even he's above that. The win over Penn State is all it took to give Illinois a chance at their first bowl since 2011. Who knows, a win in Evanston could even save Tim Beckman's job.

Maybe Tim Beckman isn't as bad as we all thought? This Illinois team looked DOA after losing to Purdue, but now they are a win over Northwestern away from a bowl. That's a step forward.

Travis Miller, Hammer and Rails

13. Kevin Wilson (Avg. Score: 12.17 LW #12, 12.00)

Team Record (Big Ten): 13-34 (5-26)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 3-8 (0-7)

Last week: Away vs #6 Ohio State (L 42-27)

This week: Home vs Purdue

So if Missouri wins today the SEC could be won by a team that lost at home to Indiana. Kevin Wilson is building something in Indiana, unfortunately injuries prevent us from seeing exactly what that something is.

14. Brady Hoke (Avg. Score: 12.67 LW #13, 12.86)

Team Record (Big Ten): 31-19 (18-13)

2014 Record (Big Ten): 5-6 (3-4)

Last week: Home vs Maryland (L 23-16)

This week: Away vs #6 Ohio State

From last week:

On a personal note, for the love of God Hoke please beat Maryland. It's my last football game as a student!

GRRRRRRRR. Congratulations Brady, now I've followed a 14-0 streak at the Big House with an 0-3 (including the Winter Classic). Please redeem yourself and beat Ohio State. Love Michigan fans. On a side note there was not 100,000 people at that stadium. A generous estimate puts it at 95,000.

Brady Hoke hasn't done anything really embarrassing in a few weeks- and I'M BORED!!! Do something! You're like a zoo monkey in a cage who hasn't played with himself in weeks, has a huge crowd standing around watching, and multiple piles of untouched poop at the ready for days. We all know something has to give here.

Andy Ketterson, Corn Nation


The values were the result of a survey of SBNation writers. If you were not invited to this survey, are a member of SBNation and would like to participate please say so in the comments and you will be included in the email list.

Thanks to all the following writers for taking the time to complete the polling!

Maize N' Brew
John Williams

Travis Miller (BoilerTMill)
- Juan Crespo (jcrespo21)

- Bryan Steedman

- Andy Ketterson

- RossWB