Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 11 of the college football season?
Kansas is getting rid of David Beaty, and Louisville is launching Bobby Petrino?
So who else has to be concerned?
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 might catch a It’s Just Year Two break, but the team is so, so bad.
The Huskies managed to beat Rhode Island in a 56-49 firefight, but that’s been it.
The defense isn’t just dead last in the country. It’s dead last by a ridiculous margin.
Oregon State has the second-worst D in college football, allowing 543 yards per game. UConn is giving up 624.
The Beavers are giving up 45.1 points per game, and just five teams other than UConn are allowing 40 points or more. The Huskies are giving up more than 49.1 points per game.
UConn has allowed 111 points in the last two games. Michigan has given up 129 points all year.
There’s a little bit of hope with East Carolina up next, but with Temple to close things out, it’ll take something amazing to not finish 1-11.
4. Bob Davie, New Mexico
Start with the controversy this offseason and the suspension. It was sort of a miracle that he kept the gig to begin with coming off a 3-9 season.
He lost his starting quarterback early on, and the Lobos have had to deal with a slew of the better teams in the Mountain West, but still, going 3-7 with five straight losses isn’t okay.
The wins? Incarnate Word, a New Mexico State team that’s 3-7, and a UNLV team that just won its third game of the season. Even if they take out Boise State and Wyoming to close things out, it’s still a 5-7 season, and it’ll be the sixth season in seven years without a bowl appearance.
3. Chris Ash, Rutgers
It’s just not working.
He’s fighting the good fight with the impossible task of trying to make Rutgers football a thing in a division with Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, but there’s no positive identity.
If you’re going to be bad, at least be bad and fun.
The team keeps fighting, and it’s been competitive, but it also hasn’t scores more than 17 points since the opener against Texas State. That’s nine straight games of dull, boring offense.
Just 7-27 now in three years, it’s going to take a miracle win over Penn State or Michigan State to avoid the program’s worst season since going 1-11 in 2002.
2. Larry Fedora, North Carolina
The Tar Heels are playing okay, and they’re competitive, but they’re not winning.
Going back to the loss to Duke late in 2016, and Fedora has gone 5-21, including six straight losses this season after beating Pitt.
There will be a win over Western Carolina next week, and winning a rivalry game against a team like NC State would be nice, but the program needs a defense again.
1. Clay Helton, USC
He’s always been the likable guy that everyone wanted to see succeed, and this was supposed to be a rebuilding season after winning the Pac-12 title last year, but …
There’s no such thing as a rebuilding season at USC.
It’s not fair, and again, the guy JUST won a Pac-12 title. But winning Pac-12 championships is supposed to be a given. That’s cute, but if you’re not in the College Football Playoff chase at USC, you’re not getting the job done as the head coach.
He’s got a high school senior at quarterback, a banged up defense, and a whole slew of new parts trying to mesh together. But after losing three of the last four games, and with a horrible second half in the 15-14 loss to Cal, 5-5 doesn’t cut it.
Here’s the positive. UCLA, Notre Dame.
This has been an awful season, but beat the Bruins, and ruin Notre Dame’s season, and all of a sudden, everything changes.
Lose both, get kicked off the bus.
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