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Analyst Ranks The Big 10's Worst Coach In 2018

Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after an Ohio State-Michigan game.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

We're a couple of months away from the start of the 2018 college football season, and we're a month-plus removed from the end of spring football, so we're kind of in a dead period when it comes to the sport.

So, it's list/rankings time. It's a fun time.

Today, Athlon Sports ranked every coach in the Big Ten heading into the 2018 season.

Who's the worst coach in the league?

Sorry, Illinois...

From Athlon Sports:

14. Lovie Smith, Illinois

Smith is just 5-19 as Illinois' head coach over the last two seasons, but a youth movement in 2017 provides some optimism for this fall and beyond. Under Smith's direction, the Fighting Illini are just 2-16 in Big Ten play and averaged a meager 13.1 points a game in league action last fall. In terms of buzz, this was a big-time hire for Illinois. After all, Smith went 81-63 as the Chicago Bears' head coach from 2004-12, including a trip to the Super Bowl in 2006. He also went 8-24 in a two-year run with the Buccaneers from 2014-15.

You can view the full rankings here.