Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure going into the college football season?
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You know how this works.
Every head coach is on some sort of a hot seat. It might not mean the coach is about to get fired after a bad game or five, but it means there’s a whole lot of pressure to deal with.
Yeah, that’s how we usually do the Hot Seat Coach Rankings during the season … not now.
Yes, DJ Durkin and Urban Meyer are on a special sort of a hot seat, but they’re not on this.
These are the ones who really, really, really have to win this year, or else, starting with …
5. Also Receiving Votes
Just label this as the catch-all category. All of these coaches really do have to win this season, but they didn’t quite have what it took to get into the top four.
Mike Jinks, Bowling Green: 6-18 overall, there has to be a defense at some point.
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech: He belongs in the top four, going 30-33 with three losing seasons in five years. He’s never finished higher than fifth in the Big 12.
Brad Lambert, Charlotte: It’s been tough to get this going, but the team isn’t getting much better, going 7-29 in three years of FCS play, and just 4-20 in Conference USA.
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt: It’s not fair to ever dog a coach at Vanderbilt, but he’s had four straight losing seasons with just six SEC wins.
Mike McIntyre, Colorado: Great two years ago in the 10-4 season, he has won 15 games in the other four years combined.
Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina: 3-9, 3-9. One more 3-9, and he’s 3-and-out.
Mike Neu, Ball State: His team was hammered by injuries in key spots, but even with that, going 6-18 overall and 1-15 in the MAC means he needs to rock.
Barry Odom, Missouri: He turned things around late last year, but he can’t afford a clunker of a losing campaign.
Kalani Sitake, BYU: It’s one thing to go from 9-4 to 4-9 in one year. It’s another to do that and be boring offensively … at BYU.
Lovie Smith, Illinois: The youth movement of last year had better pay off … fast.
Everett Withers, Texas State: He’s recruiting well, but he’s also 4-20 in two years.
But here are the four under the most pressure.