With the 2012 season coming to a close, the major conference and national awards have now been handed out across the college football landscape. One of these awards always goes to the Coach of the Year, both nationally and in the Big Ten. Bill O'Brien took home the conference version of this award, but the word is still out on the national award.
O'Brien and Urban Meyer are both in the list of 10 finalists for that national award following great seasons for Ohio State and Penn State despite NCAA sanctions and postseason bans. However, one great season does not necessarily mean either of these coaches is the best in the Big Ten conference. It simply means they both did a fine job in the 2012 season.
But which of the current head coaches ranks best overall, and over the period of years in which they have served as a head coach? Even in the midst of the "silly season" of hiring and firing coaches, let's take a look at how the coaches rank at the end of 2012 in the power rankings.