10. PJ Fleck – Minnesota

Row The Boat. If you need inspiration, no one does it better than PJ Fleck. Between his energetic persona and inspiring attitude, Fleck is a master recruiter. Fleck struggled last season in his first year in the Big-Ten, which ended with 5 wins. However, Fleck is known for his long terms plans. Fleck’s Western Michigan team went from 1 win in 2013 to 13 and a Cotton Bowl appearance in 2016. It is a significant step up in competition going from the Mid-America conference to the Big Ten, but history repeats itself, Minnesota will be towards the top of the Big-10 in a few years.

9. Kirk Ferentz – Iowa

Casino Kirk is the longest-tenured FBS coach with one program, and it seems that every year they play spoiler to a team competing for a playoff birth (looking at you, Ohio State). Ferentz and the Hawkeyes are three years removed from their magical run to the Rose Bowl. With Ferentz at the helm, Iowa will always have a shot to represent the West in the Big Ten title game. Now the question is, can Ferentz turn a consistently competitive Big Ten team into a national championship contender.

8. Jeff Brohm – Purdue

Purdue football might be back! Not that we ever remember them being “here” since Drew Brees.  In his first year at Purdue, Jeff Brohm became the second head coach in Purdue history to lead the team to a bowl game in his first year. Because a successful first year (7-6), Brohm was rumored to leave Purdue for the Tennessee job. To so many people’s surprise, Brohm decided to stay put and built Purdue to a top tier team. Tennessee swung and missed on Brohm. He is a brilliant offensive mind that turned Western Kentucky around, so look for the Boilermakers to make noise in year two.

7. Scott Frost – Nebraska

The legendary quarterback for the Cornhuskers is now back as the head coach of Nebraska. Scott Frost was one of the most coveted coaches this past offseason after leading UCF to an undefeated season that was capped off with a Peach Bowl victory over Auburn. In the end, the chance to coach for his alma mater was too great of an opportunity for Frost to pass up. Frost made UCF “national champion” and a win over SEC champion Auburn within two years. It’s true if you make your own banner, right?. Can he do the same for one of the most famous programs in the FBS? Frost’s presence in the Big Ten is making the rest of the conference nervous.

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