2017 Hot Seat Coach Rankings: Week 2
Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 2 of the college football season?
Hot Seat Rankings
Being on a hot seat isn’t just about potentially being fired, it’s about having to win to avoid a mountain of pressure.
Remember, it’s not that easy to simply fire a big-name head coach – there has to be a massive payout to get rid of the top stars. And, of course, a new head coach isn’t going to get fired right away, but after a big loss or two, he’s going to hear it.
With that in mind, the Hot Seat Rankings after Week 2 are …
5. Matt Rhule, Baylor
Uhhhh, Matt? Yeah, Baylor is in a tough spot that’s not your fault, and the program is in a rebuild, but the whole point of the always-squishy soft Bear non-conference schedule is to have time to put it all together.
Losing to Liberty is bad, losing to UTSA is really bad, and now there’s a chance the Bears will be the underdogs the rest of the way – including at Kansas.
4. Todd Graham, Arizona State
Losing seven of his last eight games is a big problem, and now, after his team got run over by San Diego State, things might get a whole lot uglier in a hurry.
The Aztecs won in Tempe 30-20, and now comes a trip to Texas Tech, and then Oregon, and then at Stanford, and then Washington, and then at Utah, and then USC, and then Colorado, and then at UCLA – where’s the win before going to Oregon State?
3. Bret Bielema, Arkansas
It wasn’t just that Arkansas lost to TCU. It wasn’t just that Arkansas lost at home to TCU. It wasn’t just that Arkansas lost at home to TCU 28-7. It was that Arkansas got beaten up and badly outphysicaled – if that can be a word – in a loss at home to TCU.
This just isn’t working under Bielema. This is the season that’s supposed to start paying off for the former Badger head man, but there weren’t any answered offensively and the defense got shoved around in key spots. Fortunately, there’s a winnable game against New Mexico State coming up, and a week off to prepare for …
2. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
The horrible treatment of Sumlin after the UCLA obviously wasn’t fair, right, or okay in any way, shape, or form.
No matter how much money he makes, and now matter how big a stage, and no matter how bad the loss, it’s still a game – duh. But no one deserves to be treated how Sumlin and his family were this week.
On the field, though, there’s still a huge problem.
After the collapse to UCLA, did the Aggies come out roaring against Nicholls? Sort of, and then everything stopped in a way-too-much-of-a-fight 24-14 win.
Now the Aggies have to get into a likely firefight with Louisiana-Lafayette up next, and then comes the hottest of hot seat games against Bielema and Arkansas.
1. Gary Andersen, Oregon State
Oregon State wasn’t supposed to be a quick fix, but Andersen’s style of coaching and his ability to crank up top defenses were supposed to be the antidote to the high-powered Pac-12.
However, the Beavers went 6-18 in Andersen’s first two seasons, and had a reasonable non-conference schedule to kick things off this season.
OSU got beaten up and bowled over by Colorado State in the opener, struggled in a 35-32 win over Portland State, and then got destroyed by Minnesota at home in a 48-14 loss.
And now Pac-12 play kicks in with a trip to Washington State, followed up with Washington, at USC, Colorado and Stanford. After that? Three road games in the final four.
The offense doesn’t have any answers, the defense is getting beaten up, and after just three games, this season already looks all but over – unless there’s a major turnaround in a big, big hurry.
Others In Range
One big loss or a misfire and there could be big, big problems. These coaches could uses an impressive win. Now. Remember, being on a hot seat doesn’t necessarily mean he’s about to be fired.
Steve Addazio, Boston College; Sean Kugler, UTEP; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona