Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 6 of the college football season?
We expand the Hot Seat Coach Rankings this week now that we’re deep into the season and the pressure is even tighter. First, the coaches that are on a true Win Or Else hot seat or they might soon get fired, and second is the list of coaches who have no fear of getting fired, but could really, really, really use a win.
Coaches On The Hot Seat: Win, Or Else
10. Charlie Strong, USF
He got the easy win he needed to have over UConn to chill things out a bit, but try this for a finishing kick … BYU, at Navy, at East Carolina, Temple, Cincinnati, Memphis and at UCF. There’s a shot USF is the underdog the rest of the way.
9. Chad Morris, Arkansas
0-10 – that’s what Morris is against SEC teams in just over a year as the head coach. A not-that-bad performance in the loss to Texas A&M might have helped, but at 2-3, his team desperately needs a win over Kentucky on the road this week. He still has Auburn, Alabama and LSU to deal with.
8. Clay Helton, USC
Going 3-2 to kick things off wasn’t all that bad considering the Trojans got by Utah, but this week against Notre Dame could be a make-or-break moment for his tenure. The Trojans can still go bowling with a loss, but that’s hardly where the bar is set.
7. Steve Addazio, Boston College
Seven-Win Steve has done a great job with the program over six-and-a-half years at the helm, but now he’s at 41-41 overall with a 3-3 start. The win over Virginia Tech to start the season is long gone, and now he gets NC State, at Clemson, at Syracuse, Florida State, at Notre Dame, at Pitt to close. He has to beat the Wolfpack at home with four of the last five games on the road.
6. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion
The father of the program has been a survivor with three losing seasons in the last four. This year’s team has been a major disappointment going 1-4 without a win over an FBS team. Now the Monarchs have to go on the road for three of their next four games.
5. Bob Davie, New Mexico
There’s a problem when your team is losing by double-digits to San Jose State, even an improved one. There’s no consistency and not enough of an offensive punch. After two straight 3-9 seasons and a 2-3 start with the wins coming over Sam Houston State and New Mexico State, there can’t be a home loss to a reeling Colorado State team this week.
4. Doug Martin, New Mexico State
It’s one of the toughest places to build a consistent winner, but he’s had just one season with more three wins in his six seasons at the helm. This year he’s off to an 0-6 start, and it’s going to take something massive just to get back to anther three-win campaign.
3. Randy Edsall, UConn
The team really has improved after a brutal 2018, but the program hasn’t beaten an FBS team since mid-October of 2017. He has lost his last 13 conference games, and now has to go on the road to deal with Tulane after getting rocked by 26 at home by USF.
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois
Last year his Illini crushed Minnesota. This year they were blown out 40-17 after getting off to a decent start. What’s next? Michigan and then Wisconsin, but there’s still a shot to do something solid with winnable games against Purdue, Rutgers and Northwestern to go. No matter what, though, this looks like it’ll be a fourth-straight losing season under Smith.
1. Tony Sanchez, UNLV
It’s halfway through his fifth year – going 17-36 so far – and there isn’t any improvement. UNLV has yet to go bowling during his tenure, he has only won four games once, and this year his Rebels have yet to beat an FBS team. What’s next? Three road games in the next four with trips to Vanderbilt and Fresno State in the next two weeks. Not even the San Jose State game looks like a win now.
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