Hot Seat Coach Rankings: After Week 4
Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 4 of the college football season?
Hot Seat Rankings: After Week 4
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.
15. Mike Jinks, Bowling Green
The Falcons played better against Middle Tennessee – and lost. 0-4, and getting outscored 143-57, it’s been a rotten start coming off an awful first season for Jinks. Akron is up next – that really might be a win-or-else moment.
14. Bret Bielema, Arkansas
$15.4 million. Arkansas fans don’t hate their head man, and everyone wants this to work out, but Bielema really, really isn’t winning.
1-2 so far with losses to TCU and Texas A&M, it’s been a rough start, and it’s only going to get tougher with road games at South Carolina and Alabama coming up after a don’t-take-this-lightly game against New Mexico State. However, he might be safe, and why? 15.4 million reasons.
13. Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina
The win over Connecticut was a huge, huge help for the moment – now, at least, the ugly slide has stopped after an 0-3 start. However, with USF up next and trips to UCF and Houston coming up over the next few weeks, its’ not going to be easy to keep this season from crashing.
12. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt
On a three game losing streak – all in blowouts – and a close call against Youngstown State, it’s been an awful start, but Rice is up next to help make everything a wee bit better. However, the Panthers will almost certainly miss out on a bowl game with a bad defense and not nearly enough happening offensively to pick up the slack.
11. David Bailiff, Rice
The blowout win over UTEP was a welcome respite from the pain early on, but the Owls have scored a grand total of 17 points in the three losses against Stanford, Houston and FIU. UAB will likely be the only game Rice will be favored in the rest of the way.
10. Terry Bowden, Akron
The Zips played okay in a loss at Troy, but it was another loss. 1-3, Akron has yet to beat an FBS team. Fortunately, Bowling Green is up next, but lose that, and Bowden’s fate might be sealed with Ball State, at Western Michigan, and at Toledo to follow.
9. Steve Addazio, Boston College
The Eagles gave Clemson fits for about three quarters, but it was still a 34-7 loss. Beating Central Michigan is a must, but with Virginia Tech, at Louisville, at Virginia, Florida State, and NC State to follow, it’ll be tough to get to four wins, much less bowl eligibility.
8. Jim Mora Jr., UCLA
It would take a massive buyout to move on, but at some point, UCLA has to start winning again. Josh Rosen is doing everything possible to try saving the season, but he can’t do it all by himself. The running game is bad, the defense abysmal, and after a 58-34 loss to Stanford, it’s getting really, really ugly.
7. Butch Jones, Tennessee
Really? A 17-13 win over a winless UMass team? After the total coaching staff meltdown in the loss to Florida, were the Vols ready to come out roaring? Hardly. And now come the showdowns against Georgia, South Carolina and at Alabama. It’s very, very possible Tennessee loses the next three games, but at least two of the three could be a deathblow.
6. Mark Whipple, UMass
It’s unbelievable how this program comes so close to winning week after week after week, and not. The Minutemen were right there in the hunt against Tennessee – and lost 17-13. They were right there in losses Temple, Hawaii, and seemingly everyone else over the last few seasons. But you are what your record is, and this is an 0-5 season no matter how it looks.
5. David Beaty, Kansas
There continue to be signs of life offensively, but it doesn’t matter. The Jayhawks not only lost to both MAC teams on the slate, but after hanging around for a little while, they got rolled by West Virginia in the Big 12 opener.
With Baylor looking slightly better, and Iowa State with time off, where’s the second win this season going to come? That it’s going to take a miracle to get to three wins is a problem.
4. Mike Riley, Nebraska
AD … fired. UCF head coach Scott Frost … his team just blew out Maryland. Nebraska? It took everything in the bag to get by Rutgers in a 27-17 loss. The Huskers will win a few more games, but they’re going to need some big-time luck and a big change in offensive production to go bowling.
3. Barry Odom, Missouri
Early in his second year at the helm, he’ll get a little bit of leeway to see if anything can start to turn around, but this is the SEC’s worst team by a mile.
NOTHING is working.
Not only have the Tigers lost their last three games by a combined score of 117 to 30, but they were at home. Now they have to go to Kentucky and Georgia – they’ll be 1-5 before getting a break against Idaho and UConn.
2. Gary Andersen, Oregon State
There was a week off from the pain.
With the worst team in the Pac-12, Oregon State has allowed 190 points over the first four games, getting blown out badly in all three battles against the FBSers.
This can all change around in a hurry with one big win, but with Washington, at USC, Colorado, and Stanford up next before finishing up with three road games in the final four, this isn’t about to get any better.
1. Sean Kugler, UTEP
It stinks, because he’s what you want in your football coach.
He’s changed around the APR and the way the program handles schoolwork, but you don’t get blown out by Rice, and you can’t get annihilated by New Mexico State 41-14.
UTEP has lost its first four games of the season by a combined score of 191-51, with the 31-14 blasting at home by Rice qualifying as the team’s close call. UAB is the only game left against a team that didn’t go bowling last year.