College Football's Coach on the Hot Seat Rankings: Post-Week 10 Edition

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Mike London ranks as the No. 1 BCS coach on the hot seat.

College Football's Coach on the Hot Seat Rankings: Post-Week 10 Edition

College football’s coach on the hot seat carousel took an odd turn last week, as FAU’s Carl Pelini resigned over illegal drug use. Pelini’s resignation was the fourth coaching change of 2013, and the first since Miami (Ohio) parted ways with Don Treadwell.

Pelini’s dismissal certainly won’t be the last opening of 2013, but the carousel has been surprisingly quiet. But with several high-profile jobs hanging in the balance, December could see several changes among BCS jobs.

Eastern Michigan’s Ron English ranks as the No. 1 coach in Athlon’s hot seat rankings after Week 10. English has perhaps the toughest job in college football, but the Eagles have failed to make much progress under his watch.

Virginia’s Mike London ranks as the top coach from a BCS conference in this week’s hot seat watch. London has received the vote of confidence from his athletic director, but can he survive a 2-10 record? The Cavaliers made a bowl and finished 8-5 in London’s second season (2011). However, Virginia is just 6-15 over the last two years and is likely headed for a 2-10 finish.

After a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass to beat Northwestern, Nebraska’s Bo Pelini slides down the hot seat rankings this week. Was the win over the Wildcats enough to save Pelini’s job? It’s possible, but let’s consider the Cornhuskers’ remaining schedule: at Michigan, Michigan State, at Penn State and Iowa. Getting to 8-4 or 9-3 should be enough for Pelini to save his job. However, a 7-5 or 6-6 finish would spell trouble.

Each week, we will take a look at the hot seat/pressure on a program for all 125 coaches. Some new coaches will rank high due to poor performances but aren't in any danger of losing their job.

And another important note when reading our coach on the hot seat rankings: Outside of the top 10-15 coaches, it’s all about the pressure on a program. While some coaches – like Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and Indiana's Kevin Wilson – aren’t in any danger of being fired. However, both coaches need to continue to show the program is headed in the right direction.

Ranking All 125 CFB Coaches on Hot Seat/Pressure on Program to Win in 2013

RkCoachTeam2013 RecordAnalysis
1Ron English1-8Only two wins over FBS teams in last two years.
2Mike London2-72-10 finish appears likely for Cavaliers.
3Charlie Weis2-6Jayhawks likely headed for winless Big 12 season.
4Norm Chow0-8Warriors have allowed at least 30 points in every game.
5Charley Molnar1-8Minutemen had no answer for Jordan Lynch.
6Ron Turner1-7 
7Tim Beckman3-5Fighting Illini's struggles in Big Ten play continue.
8Dan Enos3-5CMU has been off since Oct. 19.
9Bo Pelini6-2Hail Mary TD a job saver for Pelini?
10Todd Monken0-8 
11Garrick McGee2-6Blazers play Marshall and ECU in back-to-back games.
12Dana Holgorsen4-5Win over TCU was huge for bowl hopes.
13Kevin Wilson3-5Hoosiers need upset to play in a bowl.
14Bobby Hauck5-4 
15Doc Holliday5-3 
16Dave Christensen4-4Will defensive coordinator change help?
17Mack Brown6-2
18Skip Holtz3-5
19P.J. Fleck1-8
20Sean Kugler1-7
21Doug Martin1-8
22June Jones3-5 
23Dan Mullen4-4Five turnovers too much to overcome.
24Rich Ellerson3-6
25Bill Blankenship2-6 
26Randy Edsall5-3
27Will Muschamp4-4Will the Gators make a bowl game?
28Bob Davie2-6Davie needs time to rebuild at New Mexico.
29Paul Petrino1-8
30Paul Haynes2-8Disappointing year for Golden Flashes.
31Joey Jones3-5All five losses have been by a touchdown or less.
32Brian Polian3-6
33Troy Calhoun2-7
34Jim Grobe4-5WR Michael Campanaro a big loss for Wake.
35Kirk Ferentz5-4
36Bobby Petrino5-4 
37Rick Stockstill5-4 
38Jeff Quinn6-2
39Kyle Flood5-3Good rebound game by QB Gary Nova.
40Matt Rhule1-8Temple playing better in recent weeks.
41Rocky Long4-4
42Terry Bowden3-7Zips making slow progress under Bowden.
43Darrell Hazell1-7
44Tony Levine7-1
45Bret Bielema3-6
46Dave Doeren3-5
47Mike Leach4-5
48Trent Miles0-9GSU making progress in Miles' first season.
49Sonny Dykes1-8 
50Paul Chryst4-4Panthers have to protect QB Tom Savage better.
51Willie Taggart2-6Bulls have found a QB in Mike White.
52Bryan Harsin4-4Red Wolves still in mix for bowl.
53Jim McElwain4-5 
54Ron Caragher5-3
55Scott Shafer4-4Bowl hopes still alive with win over Wake Forest.
56David Bailiff6-3
57Brady Hoke6-2Wolverines simply dominated by Michigan State.
58Mark Stoops2-6 
59Dennis Franchoine6-3
60Justin Fuente1-6
61Larry Fedora3-5Tar Heels in good position to make bowl game.
62Matt Wells5-4 
63Paul Rhoads1-7
64Larry Blakeney5-4
65Paul Johnson6-3
66Steve Sarkisian5-3
67Frank Beamer6-3Hokies need win over Miami to stay in Coastal mix.
68Kyle Whittingham4-4
69Mark Richt5-3
70Butch Jones4-5
71Ruffin McNeill6-2
72George O'Leary6-1
73Frank Solich6-2
74Jerry Kill7-2Kill and Claeys have Golden Gophers on a roll.
75Ken Niumatalolo4-4
76Dabo Swinney8-1
77Mike MacIntyre3-5Buffaloes more competitive under MacIntyre.
78Tommy Tuberville6-2
79Dave Clawson5-3
80Dan McCarney6-3
81Curtis Johnson6-3
82Larry Coker4-5Coker doing a great job of building UTSA.
83Bob Stoops7-1
84Matt Campbell5-3
85Todd Berry5-4 
86Brian Kelly7-2
87Rod Carey9-0
88Mark Helfrich8-0
89Al Golden7-1
90Rich Rodriguez6-2
91Todd Graham6-2
92Jim Mora6-2
93Mike Riley6-3
94Bronco Mendenhall6-2
95Steve Addazio4-4
96Gary Pinkel8-1
97Les Miles7-2
98James Franklin4-4
99Mark Dantonio8-1
100Hugh Freeze5-3
101Tim DeRuyter8-0
102Gary Andersen6-2
103Gus Malzahn8-1
104Pat Fitzgerald4-5Injuries taking a toll on the Wildcats.
105Gary Patterson3-6
106David Cutcliffe6-2
107Mike Gundy7-1
108Pete Lembo8-1
109Mark Hudspeth6-2
110Bill O'Brien5-3
111Jimbo Fisher8-0
112Kevin Sumlin7-2
113Bill Snyder4-4Wildcats seem to be putting the pieces together.
114Charlie Strong7-1
115Steve Spurrier7-2
116Chris Petersen6-3
117David Shaw7-1
118Kliff Kingsbury7-2
119Art Briles7-0
120Urban Meyer9-0
121Nick Saban8-0
NREd Orgeron3-1
NRT.J. Weist0-3
NRMike Bath0-3
NRBrian Wright1-0FAU could finish 6-6 this year.

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