After Week 10, who’s feeling the heat and need a win now. Which five are on the hot seat?
As always, being on a “hot seat” doesn’t always mean the coach is in a win-or-get-fired mode. A few of the coaches on the current Top 5 Ranking will almost certainly be around next season no matter what, but all them could really, really use a hot finishing kick to take the pressure off.
After Week 10 Coaches Hot Seat Top 5 Ranking
1. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
He’ll be back next year, but the pressure is going to be on to make Notre Dame a national championship-caliber thing again. Just when it seemed like Notre Dame was going to go on a big run to close out the season strong, just when it seemed like it got the break it needed with a clutch victory over Miami, and with a chance to turn around this miserable campaign with a big November, pfffffffffffffft.
The air went right out of the balloon against a Navy team whose offense was never seemingly off the field. It’s one thing for the Notre Dame coach to lose to – potentially – a USC, or a Michigan State, or a Texas, or a Stanford, but losing to Navy is a big, big problem.
2. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic
The guy not only got a win, but he got a road win. It happened to come against a Rice team that’s one of the few in college football having a worse season than FAU. It was just the eighth win in the 33 games of the Partridge era, and now there’s a big chance to turn down the hot seat flame in a big way with UTEP coming up this week. Can the Owls have a big November? Partridge is due to catch a few breaks.
3. Dave Doeren, NC State
It’s not about getting fired, it’s about needing to finish strong so 2017 isn’t a problem. All of the air went out of the NC State balloon with the missed kick at the end of the Clemson came, and now the team is on a four-game losing streak, coming in all ways. There was the blowout against Louisville, the heartbreaker to Clemson, the embarrassment to Boston College, and now, the tough battle at home against Florida State. Now, the Pack have to win two of the last three games against at Syracuse, Miami, and at North Carolina just to be bowl eligible.
4. Mark Helfrich, Oregon
Just when it seemed like Oregon might be ready to pull up out of the nosedive, the win over Arizona State blew away with an ugly loss to USC that was every bit as bad as the 45-20 final score. Can the Ducks win the final three games against Stanford, at Utah, and at Oregon State? They must to go bowling.
5. Matt Wells, Utah State
The season isn’t over, but the Aggies just got blown out at Wyoming and need to win their final three games – New Mexico, at Nevada, at BYU – to become bowl eligible. Wells will still likely catch a break because of his strong first few years, but the concern is the downward trend, with the program losing ten of its last 14 games and 11 of the last 15.
A big win would be really, really, really nice
David Bailiff, Rice; Ron Caragher, San Jose State; Paul Haynes, Kent State; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Sean Kugler, UTEP; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Jim Mora Jr., UCLA; Brian Polian, Nevada; Charlie Strong, Texas