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

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

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

Rk Coach Team 2013 Record Analysis
1 Ron English 1-8 Only two wins over FBS teams in last two years.
2 Mike London 2-7 2-10 finish appears likely for Cavaliers.
3 Charlie Weis 2-6 Jayhawks likely headed for winless Big 12 season.
4 Norm Chow 0-8 Warriors have allowed at least 30 points in every game.
5 Charley Molnar 1-8 Minutemen had no answer for Jordan Lynch.
6 Ron Turner 1-7  
7 Tim Beckman 3-5 Fighting Illini's struggles in Big Ten play continue.
8 Dan Enos 3-5 CMU has been off since Oct. 19.
9 Bo Pelini 6-2 Hail Mary TD a job saver for Pelini?
10 Todd Monken 0-8  
11 Garrick McGee 2-6 Blazers play Marshall and ECU in back-to-back games.
12 Dana Holgorsen 4-5 Win over TCU was huge for bowl hopes.
13 Kevin Wilson 3-5 Hoosiers need upset to play in a bowl.
14 Bobby Hauck 5-4  
15 Doc Holliday 5-3  
16 Dave Christensen 4-4 Will defensive coordinator change help?
17 Mack Brown 6-2
18 Skip Holtz 3-5
19 P.J. Fleck 1-8
20 Sean Kugler 1-7
21 Doug Martin 1-8
22 June Jones 3-5  
23 Dan Mullen 4-4 Five turnovers too much to overcome.
24 Rich Ellerson 3-6
25 Bill Blankenship 2-6  
26 Randy Edsall 5-3
27 Will Muschamp 4-4 Will the Gators make a bowl game?
28 Bob Davie 2-6 Davie needs time to rebuild at New Mexico.
29 Paul Petrino 1-8
30 Paul Haynes 2-8 Disappointing year for Golden Flashes.
31 Joey Jones 3-5 All five losses have been by a touchdown or less.
32 Brian Polian 3-6
33 Troy Calhoun 2-7
34 Jim Grobe 4-5 WR Michael Campanaro a big loss for Wake.
35 Kirk Ferentz 5-4
36 Bobby Petrino 5-4  
37 Rick Stockstill 5-4  
38 Jeff Quinn 6-2
39 Kyle Flood 5-3 Good rebound game by QB Gary Nova.
40 Matt Rhule 1-8 Temple playing better in recent weeks.
41 Rocky Long 4-4
42 Terry Bowden 3-7 Zips making slow progress under Bowden.
43 Darrell Hazell 1-7
44 Tony Levine 7-1
45 Bret Bielema 3-6
46 Dave Doeren 3-5
47 Mike Leach 4-5
48 Trent Miles 0-9 GSU making progress in Miles' first season.
49 Sonny Dykes 1-8  
50 Paul Chryst 4-4 Panthers have to protect QB Tom Savage better.
51 Willie Taggart 2-6 Bulls have found a QB in Mike White.
52 Bryan Harsin 4-4 Red Wolves still in mix for bowl.
53 Jim McElwain 4-5  
54 Ron Caragher 5-3
55 Scott Shafer 4-4 Bowl hopes still alive with win over Wake Forest.
56 David Bailiff 6-3
57 Brady Hoke 6-2 Wolverines simply dominated by Michigan State.
58 Mark Stoops 2-6  
59 Dennis Franchoine 6-3
60 Justin Fuente 1-6
61 Larry Fedora 3-5 Tar Heels in good position to make bowl game.
62 Matt Wells 5-4  
63 Paul Rhoads 1-7
64 Larry Blakeney 5-4
65 Paul Johnson 6-3
66 Steve Sarkisian 5-3
67 Frank Beamer 6-3 Hokies need win over Miami to stay in Coastal mix.
68 Kyle Whittingham 4-4
69 Mark Richt 5-3
70 Butch Jones 4-5
71 Ruffin McNeill 6-2
72 George O'Leary 6-1
73 Frank Solich 6-2
74 Jerry Kill 7-2 Kill and Claeys have Golden Gophers on a roll.
75 Ken Niumatalolo 4-4
76 Dabo Swinney 8-1
77 Mike MacIntyre 3-5 Buffaloes more competitive under MacIntyre.
78 Tommy Tuberville 6-2
79 Dave Clawson 5-3
80 Dan McCarney 6-3
81 Curtis Johnson 6-3
82 Larry Coker 4-5 Coker doing a great job of building UTSA.
83 Bob Stoops 7-1
84 Matt Campbell 5-3
85 Todd Berry 5-4  
86 Brian Kelly 7-2
87 Rod Carey 9-0
88 Mark Helfrich 8-0
89 Al Golden 7-1
90 Rich Rodriguez 6-2
91 Todd Graham 6-2
92 Jim Mora 6-2
93 Mike Riley 6-3
94 Bronco Mendenhall 6-2
95 Steve Addazio 4-4
96 Gary Pinkel 8-1
97 Les Miles 7-2
98 James Franklin 4-4
99 Mark Dantonio 8-1
100 Hugh Freeze 5-3
101 Tim DeRuyter 8-0
102 Gary Andersen 6-2
103 Gus Malzahn 8-1
104 Pat Fitzgerald 4-5 Injuries taking a toll on the Wildcats.
105 Gary Patterson 3-6
106 David Cutcliffe 6-2
107 Mike Gundy 7-1
108 Pete Lembo 8-1
109 Mark Hudspeth 6-2
110 Bill O'Brien 5-3
111 Jimbo Fisher 8-0
112 Kevin Sumlin 7-2
113 Bill Snyder 4-4 Wildcats seem to be putting the pieces together.
114 Charlie Strong 7-1
115 Steve Spurrier 7-2
116 Chris Petersen 6-3
117 David Shaw 7-1
118 Kliff Kingsbury 7-2
119 Art Briles 7-0
120 Urban Meyer 9-0
121 Nick Saban 8-0
NR Ed Orgeron 3-1
NR T.J. Weist 0-3
NR Mike Bath 0-3
NR Brian Wright 1-0 FAU could finish 6-6 this year.

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