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Michigan Football: Why Jim Harbaugh is the Big Ten's Best Coach

Michigan Football: Jim Harbaugh

Michigan Football: Jim Harbaugh

The Big Ten has its share of great college football coaches. But the best in the conference is Michigan's Jim Harbaugh. In Athlon Sports' Big Ten Coach Rankings, the Wolverines' head coach is listed at No. 1.

Here's why: Michigan has made significant strides under Harbaugh’s watch. The next step: Win a Big Ten title and earn a trip to the CFB Playoff. Both of those goals were within reach last season and should be the expectation going into 2019. Prior to Harbaugh’s arrival, the Wolverines had only one season of 10 or more wins from 2008-14. Michigan has posted three over the last four years and finished inside of the top 14 in the final Associated Press poll in each of those 10-win campaigns. The Wolverines are 38-14 under Harbaugh’s watch and recorded their best (8-1) mark in Big Ten play last fall. Harbaugh has been successful head coach at every stop in his career. He went 44-19 with a Super Bowl trip with the 49ers (2011-14), guided Stanford to a 29-21 record from 2007-10 and finished 29-6 at San Diego (2004-06). He’s 96-41 overall as a head coach at the collegiate level.

Where do the other Big Ten coaches rank? Check out our entire Big Ten Coach Rankings.

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