Hot Seat Coach Rankings For Every Power Five Team: 21 For 2021 College Football Topics, No. 14

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Hot Seat Coach Rankings For Every Power Five Team: 21 For 2021 College Football Topics, No. 14

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Hot Seat Coach Rankings For Every Power Five Team: 21 For 2021 College Football Topics, No. 14

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Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Coach Rankings 2021

12. Kyle Whittingham, Utah

Could the Utes lose him to a bigger gig? That’s far more of a worry than for Utah fans than any sort of a hot seat situation. With a great team returning, Whittingham continues to keep the program rolling among the best in the Pac-12.
Record With Team
: 134-66
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 12, 2019: 9, 2018: 7
Utah Preview | Schedule

11. Jedd Fisch, Arizona

There’s no pressure whatsoever in a building year. Everything has to start over, the Wildcats need to generate a defense, and the offense has to find its playmakers after a disastrous 2020. Fisch has done everything right with the media, and now he needs time to put it all together.
Record With Team
: 0-0
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: NA, 2019: NA, 2018: NA
Arizona Preview | Schedule

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10. David Shaw, Stanford

The Cardinal quietly came up with a 4-2 2020 season with a four-game winning streak to close it out. He’s been so brilliant outside of a clunker of a 2019 that he’s safe for at least another year no matter what. If Stanford doesn’t want him, there are a slew of NFL teams that do.
Record With Team
: 90-36
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 9, 2019: 11, 2018: 12
Stanford Preview | Schedule

9. Mario Cristobal, Oregon

Two Pac-12 championships in a row will buy him time no matter what, but with the talent he’s amassing and the expectations growing, it’s time to turn the corner. A recruiting machine, Cristobal has the program on the verge of something truly special.
Record With Team
: 25-10
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 11, 2019: 4, 2018: 2
Oregon Preview | Schedule

8. Justin Wilcox, Cal

Blow off the 1-3 2020 season because just about everything in the Pac-12 campaign was weird. He’s a hot head coach with the defensive chops, but he needs a third winning season in four years to show forward progress. 
Record With Team
: 21-21
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 7, 2019: 8, 2018: 6
Cal Preview | Schedule

7. Jimmy Lake, Washington

There wasn’t any grace period last season considering what Lake inherited and the continuity from the Chris Petersen era, and he came up big – the Huskies would’ve played for the Pac-12 title if they were healthy. The expectations don’t slip a bit.
Record With Team
: 3-1
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 5, 2019: NA, 2018: NA
Washington Preview | Schedule

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6. Karl Dorrell, Colorado

Dorrell had the pressure on to produce considering there weren’t too many fans jumping up and down over the hire – the dream was to get former Buff star Eric Bieniemy – and under the trying circumstances he went 4-1 in the Pac-12 before a bowl loss to Texas. The bar is set a little higher now, but he has some breathing room for a season of revamping.
Record With Team
: 4-2
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 4, 2019: NA, 2018: NA
Colorado Preview | Schedule

5. Jonathan Smith, Oregon State

Yeah, the Beavers are more entertaining and more competitive, and beating Oregon last season was a big plus, but three straight losing seasons are three straight losing seasons. Yeah, going 2-5 in 2020 wasn’t okay, but again, the team put up a fight.
Record With Team
: 9-22
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 6, 2019: 5, 2018: 3
OSU Preview | Schedule

4. Nick Rolovich, Washington State

Year One gets blown off because of the COVID-19 season, but the offense has to become a factor again after sputtering in three blowout losses. He’s supposed to be the guy who knows how to wing it all over the yard – let’s go.
Record With Team
: 1-3
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 10, 2019: NA, 2018: NA
Wazzu Preview | Schedule

3. Herm Edwards, Arizona State

The Sun Devils have been fine under Edwards, but he wasn’t hired for the program to be just okay. There have been a few splashy wins, but there hasn’t been any consistency and now there’s a recruiting controversy to deal with. On the field, with the team Edwards has in place, the expectations should be set at Pac-12 South title or bust.
Record With Team
: 17-13
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 8, 2019: 6, 2018: 1
ASU Preview | Schedule

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2. Clay Helton, USC

Has everyone chilled out on him yet? The hope was to get Urban Meyer, but that wasn’t happening and Helton stuck around after a disastrous 2018 and underwhelming 2019. Last year wasn’t easy, but the Trojans got to the Pac-12 Championship with a shot at going unbeaten. Even with the 2020 success, anything less than another Pac-12 South title might bring the change so many Trojan fans have been waiting for.
Record With Team
: 45-23
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 1, 2019: 1, 2018: 4
USC Preview | Schedule

1. Chip Kelly, UCLA

It took a little while, but the Bruins started to look the part in 2020. It’s been a wildly disappointing three years overall, but Kelly appears to finally have the right pieces in place to start producing. Anything less than a winning season and bowl appearance will be a disaster.
Record With Team
: 10-21
Pac-12 Preseason Hot Seat Rankings
2020: 2, 2019: 2, 2018: 9
UCLA Preview | Schedule

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