Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 6 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. Mike Neu, Ball State
There was an excuse last season – his main offensive stars were hurt. In Year Three under Neu, the Cardinals have gone 8-22 in just over two years and started out this season 2-4. They got Northern Illinois at home, lost, and now they have just one win over an FBS team – Kent State – on the year. With four of the last six games on the road, next week’s date at Central Michigan – one of the winnable road dates – is vital.
4. Everett Withers, Texas State
It was a home game against a scuffling Louisiana team coming off a stomping at Alabama. Instead, the Bobcats lost 42-27, and now they have a short week to prepare for a rested Georgia Southern and its option attack on Thursday night. TXST hasn’t beaten an FBS team this year in the 1-4 start, and now Withers is 5-23 in his first 29 games.
3. Randy Edsall, UConn
It’s not like this is the Memphis of last year. The Tigers were coming off a 16-point loss to Tulane, there wasn’t a great win to point to, and it’s a bit of a rebuilding year. And …
They just obliterated UConn 55-14.
It’s not just the losses; it’s the blowout losses in a 4-13 start in Round Two of the Edsall era. The Huskies have yet to beat an FBS team this year, losing their five games by a total of 273 to 66, or 54.6 to 13.2. The closest game against an FBS team was the 51-21 loss at Syracuse, and now UConn has to to to USF.
2. Chris Ash, Rutgers
You don’t lose back-to-back-to-back home games to Buffalo, Indiana and Illinois, especially coming off the blowout loss to Kansas. And now, Ash is 7-23 in his first 30 games.
In the preseason, Scarlet Knight fans could’ve reasonably have hoped for a 3-2 start going into the Maryland game, or even 4-1. Now Rutgers is 1-4 with at Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, and at Michigan State to go after the trip to Maryland and hosting Northwestern. 1-11, is possible, and it’ll be a stretch to – at best – get to 3-9 now.
1. Mike Jinks, Bowling Green
At 7-23 overall so far in his two-plus years, Jinks could desperately used a little luck.
The Falcons got destroyed 52-36 by Toledo, which wouldn’t be that big of a deal except that they still haven’t beaten an FBS team, they barely beat Eastern Kentucky, and they’ve been obliterated by double digits in each of the five losses.
To be fair, Bowling Green should’ve lost four of those five games – the Miami University loss the exception – but things aren’t about to ease up with Western Michigan and at Ohio to follow.