All-Conference Coaching Staff: Big Ten

In the Big Ten, the all-conference coaching staff is dominated by playoff favorite Michigan, including new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, who arrives from Alabama, and celebrated defensive coordinator Don Brown. A Harbaugh is on the staff, but it’s Jay, not Jim; ascendant head coach Scott Frost of Nebraska seizes the reins of the traditional powerhouse conference, surpassing league veterans like Ferentz, Dantonio, and Fitzgerald.

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All-Conference Coaching Staff: Pac-12

Top to bottom, the Washington coaching staff may be the second best in the nation, behind only Clemson. They dominate these All Pac-12 Coaching Staff selections, with four of eleven slots, including head man Chris Petersen. Offensively, Stanford’s Tavita Pritchard gets the nod at coordinator, while Washington State–perhaps surprisingly–lands two assistants on the defensive staff.

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All-Conference Coaching Staff: SEC

Nick Saban maintains his stranglehold on the top spot, although Kirby Smart could change that in upcoming years if Georgia can steal the SEC from perennial CFP favorite Alabama. Memphis transfer Kenny Dillingham is given the reins to run the offense. The real battle is at defensive coordinator; there is no shortage of elite options in the southeast. This all-conference staff gives Todd Grantham the controls with Dave Aranda supporting as co-DC and linebackers coach. The competition is fierce when celebrated DCs like John Chavis don’t make the cut.

Unlike a couple other Power 5 conferences, the SEC all-conference staff represents much of the league: nine teams landed at least one coach on the list.

All-Conference Coaching Staff: American

There is a wealth of good coaching–both in top-line positions (head coaches, coordinators) and in the depth of quality assistants–in this Group of Five standard-bearer. Luke Fickell’s turnaround at Cincinnati lands him the top spot of this staff, which is built around Navy’s option system on offense and a Jeff Knowles defense, which is supported by some highly experienced secondary coaches.