Who better than our good friends at BeyondTheBets.com to give us some historical perspective on which Big Ten coaches can be trusted the most when placing a friendly wager?
As BTB tells us, the exit of Ohio State's Jim Tressel moves Iowa's Kirk Ferentz up to No. 1 in BTATS (Big Ten Against the Spread). Ferentz's career record against the Las Vegas line is an impressive 64-44. But let's let BTB tell us its take on the coach:
Ferentz has been in my personal top five for at least the last three years, as Iíve always been impressed by the way he prepares his teams, particularly as a home underdog. Ferentzís numbers are more impressive than every other coach in the Big 10 in seven of eight categories. Heís 64-44 ATS overall. Heís 38-30 ATS as a favorite and is 26-13 ATS as an underdog, including 20 outright wins as a dog. Basically, anytime Ferentz is a dog, your best bet is probably to take Iowa on the money line. Ferentz is also a strong bounce-back coach, as heís posted a 20-9 ATS record off a loss. At home? 34-21. On the road? 23-21. In bowl games? 6-2. The guy is a stud and might be the most reliable coach in the country.
Nos. 2 and 3 are new coaches to the conferences, Brady Hoke of Michigan and Bo Pelini of Nebraska.
The worst percentage of any Big Ten coach against the spread? Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, who is 26-33.