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CBS Sports Names Best, Worst Coach In The Big Ten

James Franklin standing on Iowa's football field.

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions before the match-up against the Iowa Hawkeyes on September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

While the SEC is mainly considered the best conference in college football, the Big Ten has quickly become an ideal landing spot for high-level coaches and players. This week, CBS Sports ranked every coach in the conference.

If you take recency bias into effect, the top coach in the Big Ten would be Ryan Day. In his only season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, he took the program to the College Football Playoff and went undefeated in conference play.

However, CBS Sports decided to look at the full picture. That's why Penn State head coach James Franklin earned the top spot in the power rankings. Despite not having a national title on his resume up to this point, he's really turned around one of the most popular programs in the country.

Franklin has been with the Nittanny Lions since 2014. During that span he has won the Big Ten East once and was named Hayes–Schembechler Coach of the Year.

Here's what CBS had to say about Franklin earning the top spot, via 247Sports:

"He took over a Penn State program still dealing with the repercussions of the horrific acts of Jerry Sandusky. After an understandably slow start to his tenure, Franklin has turned things up a notch the last four years. The Nittany Lions have gone 42-11 since 2016, winning a Big Ten title, a Fiesta Bowl and a Cotton Bowl. However, what they haven't done yet is get to where they want to be ultimately: the CFP.”

As for the worst coach in the Big Ten, the unfortunate title went to Mike Locksley from Maryland.

Locksley could eventually shed that label. He landed a few notable recruits over the past few months and landed a commitment from Taulia Tagovailoa, who recently transferred from Alabama.

It's safe to say the Big Ten rankings will change following the 2020 season.