Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 2 of the college football season?
The hot seat can cool off really, really quickly. One win doesn’t secure a coaching gig, but it makes life a whole lot easier when you’re the USC head coach and come up with, say, a 2-0 start with a Pac-12 victory over Stanford.
Overall, the hot seat is 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. Chad Morris, Arkansas
The problem isn’t that Arkansas lost on the road to Ole Miss 31-17. The problem is that there doesn’t appear to be a major sign of improvement. The passing game went for 300 yards, but the first touchdown didn’t come until the fourth quarter against what appears to be the SEC’s second-worst team.
There’s a chance to improve over the next two weeks against Colorado State and San Jose State at home, but anything less than a 3-1 start – and with more from the O – will be a disaster.
4. Randy Edsall, UConn
The Huskies might have lost to Illinois, but after only two games, at least they look a lot better than they were last season. They showed off a little bit of defense in the 31-23 loss, and they battled well, and …
With three of the next four games on the road, and none of them looking winnable against Indiana, UCF and Tulane, the home date against USF in a few weeks is a must. It’s going to take a few shockers to do anything better than three wins overall.
There’s nowhere to go but up after two straight 1-11 seasons, but with independence coming up from the American Athletic Conference world, there needs to be hope that the program can start to be more than just a speed bump.
3. Tony Sanchez, UNLV
No, no, no … you don’t lose at home to a Group of Five program in Year Five.
You don’t lose to a Sun Belt team, no matter who it is, when you’re at home, and you REALLY don’t lose 43-17 at home to that Group of Five Sun Belt program.
The 43-17 loss to Arkansas State is a big, big problem considering four of the next five games are on the road. UNLV won’t be favored again until the San Jose State game in late November.
It’ll be a shocker if this isn’t a fifth-straight losing season.
2. Charlie Strong, USF
It doesn’t help that the program up I-4 continues to rock and roll.
UCF is once again on a path to get a New Year’s Six bowl game, and USF is struggling just to score with one touchdown in the first two games.
How bad is this? The Bulls were supposed to turn a corner and be more dangerous, but instead, they’re on an eight-game losing streak after starting 2018 6-0.
The run will stop next week against South Carolina State, and the wins will come with UConn among a slew of winnable games ahead, but getting to six wins is hardly a given.
1. Chris Ash, Rutgers
Just when it seemed like this was going to be a different year with a stronger offense and more hope …
Pfffffffffft. The air went out of the balloon in a hurry.
The Scarlet Knights roared back to beat UMass in Week 1, but in the Big Ten opener the two top quarterback options combined to hit 9-of-26 passes for 41 yards and two picks, the ground game came up with 84 yards, and there wasn’t any hope in the 30-0 loss.
The game against Liberty doesn’t come up until the end of October, and it’ll likely be a long and painful next five games to get there.
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