Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 5 of the college football season?
We have our first coaching casualty of the season with Rutgers firing Chris Ash after his eight wins in just over three seasons.
The hot seat rankings after Week 5 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, but could desperately use something positive.
Coaches On The Hot Seat: Win, Or Else
5. Doug Martin, New Mexico State
And the hits just keep onnnnnn coming.
The Aggies are trying, and they’ve been able to hang around with New Mexico two weeks ago and Fresno State last week. With the loss to the Bulldogs, though, they’ve lost their last ten games against FBS teams since the 2018 midseason win over Liberty. And who’s up this week?
The Flames in the first of two games with the fellow independent for the second year in a row. With three straight road games to follow, a loss likely means an 0-9 start.
4. Mike Bobo, Colorado State
The Rams put up a nice fight against Utah State on the road, but it was a loss – the ninth straight against FBS teams going back to the 2018 midseason.
With a tough game against a rested San Diego State team up next, followed up by two road games, Bobo needs a break and come up with a good win. With road games at Fresno State and Wyoming to go, along with home dates against Air Force and Boise State, the season has to turn around now.
3. Charlie Strong, USF
Don’t … lose … at UConn.
The Bulls have a nasty slate in November and three road games in four weeks in October. After a 48-21 blowout loss to SMU, the Bulls are 1-3 with the last win over an FBS team coming in mid-October of last season against UConn. After a 7-0 start, USF is 1-9 – with the lone win coming over South Carolina State.
Again, don’t … lose … at ….
2. Randy Edsall, UConn
Just when it seemed like the Huskies were getting better – the defense has been far, far stronger than the 2018 version – they just so happened to catch UCF in a bad mood.
The 56-21 loss looked cosmetically better thanks to a late score – and wonderful to those investors who had UConn +42 – but it wasn’t remotely that close.
With Tulane and Houston up next, a loss to a reeling USF team means the next likely shot at a win is at UMass in late October.
How bad is this getting? Edsall’s last win over an FBS team came on October 21st … 2017. The Huskies are 0-for-their-last-19 against the big league ball clubs.
1. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
It’s been an absolutely stunning meteoric drop for a head coach who appeared to be on the verge of getting a major Power Five job after the 2017 season. Instead, Virginia Tech struggled through a rebuilding 2018 year, and nothing was built.
Not only did the Hokies lose to Duke, but it was a 45-10 stomping at home on a Friday night national showcase game. It took a struggle to get by Old Dominion, and a dogfight to get past Furman. With Rhode Island on the schedule – a second FCS team – it’s going to take four more wins over FBS teams just to get bowl eligible.
It’s going to take something big – like beating Miami on the road this week – to take the pressure off.
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