Evaluating how the coaches in the Big Ten stack up against one another heading into the 2022 season
The Big Ten is all about depth. After all, it’s called the Big Ten but currently boasts 14 schools and will soon have 16 (and maybe more!) before you know it. That depth is certainly reflected in how we at CBS Sports ranked its coaches.
In our overall Power Five coach rankings, published earlier this offseason, nobody from the Big Ten cracked the top five spots. However, while the conference lacks a top-five presence, it has five coaches ranked in the top 15, eight in the top 25 and 12 of the top 40. It’s a testament to the conference’s tradition as well as overall spending power.
But while that’s how Big Ten coaches compare to their Power Five counterparts, how do they compare to one another? That’s what we’re here to go over today. As you’d expect, coming off the COVID-shortened campaign of 2020 and a 2021 season that saw surprising results, there’s been some significant shakeups in our Big Ten coach rankings this year. While the No. 1 spot remains the same, every other coach in the conference saw their position change.