Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 0 and before Week 1 of the college football season?
Being on the hot seat isn’t just about a guy potentially being fired. It’s also about needing a really, really big win just to keep everyone from talking about a coach being on the hot seat.
It’s about pressure. Which ten coaches are going to be feeling it if they don’t win … NOW.
The hot seat rankings are done in two ways. First, the five coaches who need a win for job security, and then the five coaches who aren’t in any real danger of being fired – yet – but could desperately use something positive.
Coaches On The Hot Seat: Win, Or Else
5. Bob Davie, New Mexico
33-54 coming into the season, this is Davie’s eighth year with the program with just two winning campaigns. Of the eight, he has won just four games or fewer six times, coming off two straight 3-9 seasons. With Sam Houston State, New Mexico State, Liberty, and San Jose State in the first five games – and just one game against 2018 bowl teams in the first seven dates – he needs a hot start.
4. Chris Ash, Rutgers
It’s no fun being the head coach in a division with Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, but Ash needs to come up with wins against the other parts of the schedule. More than that, the team needs to be more interesting, the offense has to be better, and there has to be a sign that things are pointing up after a 7-29 run in three years and coming off a 1-11 2018 campaign. The Scarlet Knights start out against UMass, but they have to go to Iowa and Michigan in the first four weeks.
– Rutgers vs. UMass Game Preview, Prediction
3. Brent Brennan, San Jose State
It’s arguably the toughest head coaching job in college football – it’s almost impossible to consistently win at San Jose State. Brennan hasn’t had much luck trying to rebuild the program with a 3-22 start and a 1-11 2018 season. With Northern Colorado and Tulsa to start, going 2-0 is a must considering the Spartans might not be favored against anyone else the rest of the way.
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois
This hasn’t worked out according to plan, but to be fair, Smith has only had three years to come up with a total overhaul of a program that needed a reboot. Going 9-27 wasn’t how this was supposed to go, but he has a slew of good young players in place, a decent transfer quarterback in Michigan’s Brandon Peters to start the season, and a favorable schedule to make this a bowl-or-bust run. The Illini have to be 3-0 going into the Nebraska game, starting out against Akron, UConn and Eastern Michigan.
– Illinois vs. Akron Game Preview, Prediction
1. Randy Edsall, UConn
It’s not just about wins and losses … but it sort of is. With UConn going into the world of independence next season, Edsall needs to show that he’s the one to lead the way during the chance and the redo of the football program.
He was handed a bad situation when he took over, but he’s just 4-20 in the last two years with a 1-11 2018 season. UConn starts out against Wagner, Illinois and Indiana – three teams that didn’t go bowling last year. There has to be a sign that things are on the upswing.
– UConn vs. Wagner Game Preview, Prediction