Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, September 17, 2015
Which first-year Big Ten coach will win the most games in 2015: Nebraska?s Mike Riley, Wisconsin?s Paul Chryst or Michigan?s Jim Harbaugh? Each is off to a 1-1 start this season. And each coach teems with promise and potential.
I asked some leading college football media members what they thought. Read what they told me.
Bill Bender, Sporting News: Paul Chryst. Look at the schedule. No Ohio State, Michigan State or even Michigan. The Badgers' schedule is set up for at least nine wins; maybe more if they can win at Nebraska and Minnesota.
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Mike Huguenin, Gridironnow.com: Paul Chryst. He took over the program that is in the best shape (think about that for a minute, Wisconsin trumping Michigan and Nebraska) and, not coincidentally, has the best talent with which to work. Long-term, it's a different answer. But for this season, Chryst's team will be the most successful of the three. His path is smoother, too, because he is a former Badgers assistant whose style of play meshes with what is on hand.
Dan Duggan, NJ Advance Media: Paul Chryst. I think Jim Harbaugh will have Michigan back on top, but it'll take a little time. Chryst inherited the best situation to win now.
Chris Emma, 670 The Score in Chicago and CBSChicago.com: Jim Harbaugh: What do you get with one of the best coaches in football? Growth in Year 1. Michigan will begin to realize its potential, finishing with a sweet 8-4 record, a stepping stone for better things.
Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Jim Harbaugh. I just think he has the most talent of the three new coaches. Michigan's schedule is manageable, as well.
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