Big Ten Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games

Big Ten Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games

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Big Ten Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games


The final look at the 2017 Big Ten season, with the final rankings by opinions and top seasons, top players, coaches and games. 

Big Ten Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games

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Big Ten Final Analysis

It was the best conference in college football – and it didn’t matter in the final College Football Playoff fallout. But it was this simple.

Iowa 55, Ohio State 24. If that goes the other way, the Buckeyes are in the CFP, Alabama isn’t, and it’s a whole different story about how the 2017 season played out.

The Big Ten rocked the bowl season – one Michigan collapse aside – but Wisconsin was nearly perfect all year, Penn State was terrific, Michigan State rebounded, Northwestern grew into a player, and despite the bowl loss to South Carolina, Michigan was fine.

Nebraska lost head coach Mike Riley, but the rest of the Big Ten head coaches stayed intact, showing the stability other leagues are missing.

Can Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland and Rutgers keep growing after rebuilding years? If they don’t, the rest of the conference appears ready to carry things for another season.

Big Ten Final Rankings (by opinion)

1. Ohio State
2. Wisconsin
3. Michigan State
4. Penn State
5. Northwestern
6. Michigan
7. Iowa
8. Purdue
9. Maryland
10. Indiana
11. Minnesota
12. Nebraska
13. Rutgers
14. Illinois

Big Ten Final Rankings (by season & merit)

1. Ohio State
2. Wisconsin
3. Penn State
4. Michigan State
5. Northwestern
6. Iowa
7. Michigan
8. Purdue
9. Indiana
10. Minnesota
11. Nebraska
12. Michigan
13. Rutgers
14. Illinois

Big Ten Coaching Rankings

1. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
2. Jeff Brohm, Purdue
3. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
4. Urban Meyer, Ohio State
5. James Franklin, Penn State
6. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
7. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
8. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
9. Tom Allen, Indiana
10. D.J. Durkin, Maryland
11. Chris Ash, Rutgers
12. P.J. Fleck, Minnesota
13. Lovie Smith, Illinois
14. Mike Riley, Nebraska (fired)

Big Ten Top Ten Players

1. RB Jonathan Taylor, Fr. Wisconsin
2. LB Josey Jewell, Sr. Iowa
3. QB J.T. Barrett, Sr. Ohio State
4. RB Saquon Barkley, Jr. Penn State
5. CB Josh Jackson, Jr. Iowa
6. DT Maurice Hurst, Sr. Michigan
7. OG Beau Benzschawel, Jr. Wisconsin
8. QB Trace McSorley, Jr. Penn State
9. CB Denzel Ward, Jr. Ohio State
10. C Billy Price, Sr. Ohio State

Big Ten Ten Best Games

1. Ohio State 39, Penn State 38, Oct. 28
2. Penn State 21, Iowa 19, Sept. 23
3. Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21 (Big Ten Championship), Dec. 2
4. Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 OT, Sept. 9
5. Maryland 51, Texas 41, Sept. 2
6. Northwestern 39, Michigan State 31 OT, Oct. 28
7. Northwestern 24, Kentucky 23 (Music City), Dec. 29
8. Nebraska 43, Arkansas State 36, Sept. 2
9. Indiana 42, Maryland 39, Oct. 28
10. Michigan State 14, Michigan 10, Oct. 7


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