Hot Seat Coaching Rankings After Week 7
Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 7 of the college football season?
Coach Hot Seat Rankings
UTEP’s Sean Kugler? Gone. Gary Andersen? Done, and paying Oregon State to leave. So who now are the ones in the most desperate need of a huge win?
It’s always amazing how fast this all changes. Bast Washington at home, and all is groovy. Beat Florida and come back to beat Auburn, and you’re still the LSU coach for the foreseeable future. Clunk against Alabama or Ohio State, and everyone wants you gone.
15. Lovie Smith, Illinois
You don’t lose to Rutgers at home. You don’t lose to Rutgers on the road. You don’t lose to Rutgers. This is a building program will lots of freshmen, but no, you … don’t … lose … to … Rutgers.
14. Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina
After getting destroyed by UCF, ECU had better handle a punchless BYU or there probably won’t be a win the rest of the season. 1-11 isn’t okay at a program that should be competing for the American Athletic title.
13. Mike Jinks, Bowling Green
Back to the losing ways after beating Miami University two weeks ago, the Falcons have one possible shot at a win – at Kent State on Halloween. The offense is getting better, but this miserable season isn’t getting any better.
12. Paul Haynes, Kent State
Yeah, Kent State just beat Miami University for the first win over an FBS team this year, but the O scored just 17 points against a team that doesn’t have any pop. Take it and run, but Haynes needs to come up with at least two more wins in the final five games to provide a little hope.
11. Jim McElwain, Florida
This could get ugly in a hurry if the Gators don’t go bowling – and they might not after two straight tough losses at home.
Granted, losing to LSU and Texas A&M in close battles isn’t all that bad, but with Georgia, at South Carolina, and Florida State still to play, the Gators have to win one of them – and win at Missouri and bat UAB – just to get to a bowl.
10. Kalani Sitake, BYU
There’s absolutely nothing happening. NOTHING. The Cougars didn’t even show up in the 35-10 loss at Mississippi State. But now the easy part of the schedule kicks in.
This might change fast with East Carolina and San Jose State up next, but winning at Fresno State is hardly a lock, and UNLV is feisty. Lose one more game, and BYU isn’t going bowling.
9. Mark Whipple, UMass
Alright, UMass. Just get a win.
The team has been competitive, but it’s 0-6. Fine, but after several weeks off, lose to a winless Georgia Southern team at home, and the season really will be over.
8. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt
Remember when Pitt beat Clemson and Penn State last season? Good times. This year, the Panthers are 2-5 with the only wins over Rice and Youngstown State. There’s a winnable game coming up in a few weeks against North Carolina, but with at Duke, Virginia, at Virginia Tech and Miami still to play, this won’t be a bowl season, and it could be a 2-10 run.
7. David Bailiff, Rice
Has the offense found anything positive after two weeks off? The Owls have scored more than 12 points just once this season. And now with UAB looking strong, the date at Old Dominion might be the only winnable game left. Even going 3-9 might not be good enough.
6. Barry Odom, Missouri
At least there’s a sign of life. There’s no shame in losing at Georgia, and the offense has perked up over the last few weeks. However, going 0-5 in in FBS play so far isn’t okay and getting blown out week after week isn’t fun.
Lose to Idaho and/or Connecticut over the next two weeks, and then there will really be a problem.
5. Jim Mora Jr., UCLA
That was a fun two weeks to bask in the win over Colorado while it lasted. Getting ripped apart by Arizona now means the Bruins have to win three of their final six games to go bowling.
Oregon, at Washington, at Utah, Arizona State, at USC, Cal – where are those three wins going to come from?
But UCLA is supposed to be competing for Pac-12 titles and not merely be fighting to to bowling.
4. Mike Riley, Nebraska
Scott Frost, do you like your office chair squishy or hard?
Riley is a great guy and everyone wants him to succeed, but getting blasted by Wisconsin and Ohio State at home by a combined score of 104-31 shows just how far the program has to go. And now, with three road games in the next four, and Northwestern and Iowa coming to Lincoln, getting to six wins isn’t a guarantee in any way.
3. Bret Bielema, Arkansas
Blow off the loss to Alabama – that’s Alabama. 41-9 doesn’t matter.
But with the only win over an FBS team coming to New Mexico State, and with an 0-3 start in SEC play with Auburn up next and at Ole Miss to follow, Bielema needs a real win over a decent team.
There are enough winnable games left to be in the hunt for a bowl game, but it’ll be a dogfight.
2. Butch Jones, Tennessee
Losing two in a row will put any SEC coach on a hot seat. Losing two in a row at home without scoring a touchdown – losing to Georgia and South Carolina 56-9 – is a whole other issue.
Remember, Tennessee scored just 17 points against UMass the game before the last two disasters, and struggled just to get to 20 in the loss to Florida.
And now comes the trip to Alabama followed up by a date at Kentucky.
Lose those two, and there will be a very real chance the Vols don’t go bowling.
1. David Beaty, Kansas
Iowa State 45, Kansas 0.
106 yards. That’s now many Kansas gained. 44 through the air, 62 on the ground.
The defense wasn’t all that bad, but the offense did absolutely nothing in yet another game. And now the Jayhawks have lost their last two games by a combined score of 110 to 19 with TCU up next.
There might be hope for a win with Baylor coming to town in a few weeks, but this isn’t going to get any better.