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College Football's Coach on the Hot Seat Rankings: Post-Week 3 Edition

If the past few weeks of the college football season are any indication, the coaching cycle could be one of the most active in recent memory. Texas, USC and Nebraska are among the best jobs in the nation, and all three could be open by December.

Texas is clearly on the wrong track after back-to-back losses to Ole Miss and BYU. The Longhorns still have a chance to win the Big 12, but finishing 9-3 or 8-4 certainly isn’t what most expect from Texas.

USC’s offense showed signs of life against Boston College. Quarterback Cody Kessler played well in the win over the Eagles, and the Trojans’ defense continued to suffocate opponents. USC will get a challenge from Utah State this Saturday, but last week’s performance was a step in the right direction.

Although Bo Pelini has won 51 games in his Nebraska tenure, the Ohio native may be running out of time in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers’ defense struggled at the end of last season and was torched in the second half by UCLA. And Pelini certainly didn’t make any friends in Lincoln after the release of audio tapes by Deadspin on Tuesday.

An important note when reading our coach on the hot seat rankings: Outside of the top 20-25 coaches, it’s all about the pressure on a program. While some coaches – like Utah’s Kyle Whittingham and West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen – aren’t in any danger of being fired. However, both coaches need to bounce back after disappointing 2012 seasons.

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

RkCoachTeam2013 RecordAnalysis
1Mack Brown1-2Longhorns clearly in trouble.
2Paul Pasqualoni0-2Hard to find a guaranteed win on the schedule.
3Dan Enos1-2Outscored 24-0 in 2nd half against UNLV.
4Lane Kiffin2-1Can the offense show more progress?
5Don Treadwell0-2RedHawks allowing 633 yards per game in 2013.
6Bobby Hauck1-2Beat CMU in hot seat bowl in Week 3.
7Ron English1-2Can the Eagles show progress in MAC play?
8Ron Turner0-3Lost to Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. 
9Norm Chow0-2 
10Jim Grobe1-2Deacons not showing much improvement.
11Doc Holliday2-1Herd has a chance to beat Va. Tech this weekend.
12Jeff Quinn1-2 
13Bo Pelini2-1Cornhuskers still have time to right the ship.
14Charley Molnar0-3 
15Skip Holtz1-2Only win so far is against FCS opponent Lamar.
16Tony Levine2-0 
17Tim Beckman2-1Illini making progress in Beckman's second year.
18Gary Pinkel2-0 
19Kirk Ferentz2-1Win over Iowa State was huge for bowl hopes.
20Charlie Weis1-1Jayhawks have not won a road game since 2009.
21Rich Ellerson1-2 
22Dan Mullen1-2Is Mississippi State moving in wrong direction?
23Carl Pelini1-2Solid win for FAU over South Florida.
24Joey Jones2-1Jaguars have won two in a row. 
25Mike London1-1 
26Dana Holgorsen2-1Ford Childress looks like the right answer at QB.
27Rick Stockstill2-1 
28Randy Edsall3-0Impressive start so far.
29Dave Christensen2-1 
30Steve Sarkisian2-0 
31Matt Rhule0-3Bad loss for Temple against Fordham.
32P.J. Fleck0-3Recruiting well, but needs to produce on field.
33Kyle Whittingham2-1QB Travis Wilson emerging as breakout player.
34David Bailiff1-1 
35June Jones1-1 
36Kevin Wilson2-1 
37Rocky Long0-2 
38Dan McCarney2-1Solid win for Mean Green over Ball State.
39Larry Blakeney2-1 
40Kyle Flood2-1 
41George O'Leary3-0 
42Frank Beamer2-1 
43Garrick McGee0-2 
44Scott Shafer1-2Earned first career win with shutout over Wagner.
45Bobby Petrino1-2Bad loss for WKU against South Alabama.
46Tommy Tuberville2-1 
47Jim McElwain1-2 
48Bob Davie1-2 
49Sean Kugler1-1 
50Curtis Johnson2-1Tulane quietly improving under Johnson's watch.
51Rod Carey2-0 
52Paul Chryst1-1Freshmen making big impact for Panthers.
53Terry Bowden1-2Zips nearly pulled off huge upset against Michigan.
54Todd Monken0-3Unfair to blame Monken for all of USM's struggles.
55Mike Leach2-1Cougars clearly improved in Leach's second year.
56Mike Riley2-1 
57Ruffin McNeill2-1 
58Brian Polian1-2Wolf Pack dealing with a handful of injuries.
59Bill Blankenship1-2 
60Willie Taggart0-3USF and Taggart cleaning up from the Skip Holtz era.
61Dave Clawson2-1 
62Ron Caragher1-1 
63Paul Haynes1-2 
64Mark Helfrich3-0Offense continues to roll under Helfrich/Scott Frost.
65Bryan Harsin1-2 
66Dennis Franchoine2-0 
67Matt Wells2-1Chuckie Keeton is very underrated.
68Mark Richt1-1 
69Mark Dantonio3-0Did the Spartans finally find a QB?
70Bronco Mendenhall1-1 
71Dabo Swinney2-0 
72Brady Hoke3-0 
73Jimbo Fisher2-0 
74Frank Solich2-1 
75Jerry Kill3-0 
76Bob Stoops3-0 
77Al Golden2-0 
78Butch Jones2-1Volunteers still a year or two away.
79Doug Martin0-3 
80Mark Stoops1-2 
81Ken Niumatalolo2-0 
82Darrell Hazell0-3Boilermakers battled against Notre Dame.
83Trent Miles0-3Georgia State struggling in first FBS season.
84Troy Calhoun1-2 
85Paul Petrino0-3 
86Matt Campbell1-2 
87Paul Johnson2-0 
88Tim DeRuyter2-0 
89Gus Malzahn3-0 
90Bret Bielema3-0 
91Larry Fedora1-1 
92Justin Fuente0-2 
93Steve Addazio2-1 
94Dave Doeren2-0 
95Jim Mora2-0
96Sonny Dykes1-2 
97Rich Rodriguez3-0
98Todd Graham2-0
99Will Muschamp2-1
100Brian Kelly1-1
101Mike MacIntyre2-0
102Paul Rhoads0-2
103Larry Coker1-2
104Les Miles3-0
105Pete Lembo2-1
106Todd Berry2-1
107Gary Andersen2-1
108David Cutcliffe2-1
109James Franklin3-0
110Hugh Freeze3-0
111Mark Hudspeth3-0
112Kevin Sumlin2-1
113Kliff Kingsbury3-0
114Mike Gundy3-0
115Gary Patterson1-2
116Bill O'Brien2-1
117Bill Snyder2-1
118Charlie Strong3-0
119Steve Spurrier2-1 
120Chris Petersen2-1
121Art Briles2-0
122David Shaw2-0
123Pat Fitzgerald3-0
124Urban Meyer3-0
125Nick Saban2-0

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