Michigan finished No. 14 and Michigan State was No. 20 in ESPN's rankings of the nation's top jobs for college football coaches.
ESPN ranked only the jobs in the Power Five conferences, and Michigan was second in the Big Ten, behind No. 4 Ohio State, and MSU was fourth, trailing No. 17 Penn State.
Five schools made ESPN's "Tier 1" category of the best jobs, led by No. 1 Texas and followed by No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 USC, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Florida.
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Of the Wolverines, Travis Haney writes: "(Jim) Harbaugh hasn't even coached a game at the Big House yet, and it can be said with some certainty that the NFL is the biggest threat to Michigan's long-term success. If he gets the itch to again chase an elusive Super Bowl ring, the Wolverines could be left in the lurch. But let's say he does leave in two, three, four years. How much can he do in the interim to prop up the injured brand? How much better will the job be?
"All that can be done at this point is speculate, but he has momentum. He has been a successful coach wherever he has been. There's arguably unprecedented administrative support, as evidenced by how aggressively and intently Michigan pursued Harbaugh. The academic side will always have a football aversion, but it does not appear prohibitive in any way to success. Construction will continue to elevate Michigan's facilities, which were lavishly praised just last week by Jameis Winston after the Heisman winner worked out there. Winston also said he wishes he could have played for Harbaugh. Imagining the new coach gets a few Winston-level talents along the way, Harbaugh will assuredly leave Michigan in a far better place than he found it."
Haney gives Mark Dantonio and the Spartans high marks for recruiting and player development:
"Spartans fans understandably didn't like the idea that their team's window of high-end success might be closing (or is closed), now that Urban Meyer-led Ohio State is title-ready and Michigan has hired Jim Harbaugh. Even if Michigan State winds up being the third-best team in the division, it's not as if it should close its doors. It has the potential to be a perennial top-15 team that can, every few years, compete for a Rose Bowl and / or playoff berth. If the job were open tomorrow, the new coach would be wise to follow Mark Dantonio's lead on a recruiting and development model. The Spartans do well in-state, but Michigan and Ohio State do, too, and there are only so many Michiganders to go around. So the Michigan State staff has to get into Texas, Arizona and other parts of the country, and then it has to be solid developers of the raw materials."
ESPN used school location, administrative stability and support, facilities, recruiting, path to conference titles / playoff, tradition, fan base and other factors in developing its rankings.