Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 4 of the college football season?
Being on the hot seat isn’t just about potentially being fired. It’s also about needing a really, really big win just to keep the pitchforks and torches away.
The hot seat rankings are done two ways. First, the five coaches who are in huge trouble and need a win for job security, and then the five coaches who won’t get canned, but could use something positive … fast.
The plus side? One win changes around the perceptions in a big, big hurry.
Coaches On The Hot Seat: Win, Or Else
5. Randy Edsall, UConn
He’ll get a whole lot more time to try building the program back up to where he had it in the late 2000s, but this just isn’t working.
By comparison, this is Year Two for Luke Fickell at Cincinnati, and his Bearcats just rimrocked the Huskies 49-7. Now UConn is 1-4 this season with the lone win coming against Rhode Island.
Edsall’s team is dead last in total defense by a mile – giving up 120 more yards per game than the second-worst D, Oregon State – and there’s not a whole lot of promise the rest of the way. There will be a win at some point, but it won’t come against Memphis or USF over the next two weeks.
4. Chris Ash, Rutgers
To be fair, the Scarlet Knights weren’t awful against Indiana. There was a fight in the 24-17 loss, but it was yet another loss, setting up a key game against Illinois up next. The Fighting Illini have had two weeks off, but at home, this might be the last real chance to get a second win on the season.
It’s one thing to be bad, but Rutgers is still bad and boring. Only Central Michigan and UTEP are averaging fewer points per game.
3. Chuck Martin, Miami University
This is a stunningly disappointing season.
Martin can coach. He took Grand Valley State to a 74-7 record with two national championships, but after the shootout loss to Western Michigan, MU is 17-37 in Martin’s era and 1-4 on the season.
It’s all about the record. The RedHawks played well in the losses to the Broncos and Marshall, but losing to Cincinnati and Minnesota by a combined score of 47-3 hurts.
Three of the next four games are on the road with dates at Akron, Army and Buffalo, There’s a chance that five of the last seven games are against teams that will go bowling, so unless there’s a whole lot of luck, it’ll be a fifth straight losing season.
2. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt
Yeah, UCF is a terrific Group of Five program, and it’s obviously good enough to hang with just about anyone, but still …
If you’re Pitt, and you’re looking to make a statement of some sort, you don’t lost 45-14 to a Group of Five program.
The Panthers have a win over Georgia Tech for the only win over a Power Five program, but the loss to North Carolina two weeks ago was a gut punch. With the final the final seven games against likely bowl teams – including dates at Notre Dame and Miami, and with Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Duke still to play, a losing season is all but certain.
1. Mike Jinks, Bowling Green
Bowling Green wasn’t going to beat Georgia Tech, but losing 63-17 doesn’t help the overall cause.
There’s a 42-35 win over Eastern Kentucky on the books, but that’s it. The other four losses were all double-digit uggos, and now 16 of the 22 losses so far have been by ten points or more.
With at Toledo, Western Michigan, and at Ohio up next, the Falcons will almost certainly be 1-7 and be ensured of a losing season before getting to winnable Kent State and Central Michigan games.