2020 Hot Seat Rankings: 11 college football coaches with their jobs on the line this season

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Front and center, coaches. This your annual roll call, as unpleasant as it may be. The annual Hot Seat Rankings are upon us. (Actually, upon you.)

It figures to be a slow season for college football coaching turnover. Nearly one-fifth of the 130 FBS programs changed coaches (22) after the 2019 campaign, and most of them actually waited until the offseason to do it. That doesn’t mean there won’t be turnover, but considering the coronavirus pandemic may delay the season or even make teams less enthusiastic about executing massive buyouts, it may be less than we have seen in recent years.

The 11 coaches listed below are either in a “win now” situation … or they are getting close to it. They range from college football superpowers to Power Five programs still looking to climb to the top of the mountain in their respective conferences. Winning still trumps all, particularly in these days of unprecedented spending (and, at times, unprecedented debt).

The good news: Security has seldom been, well, more secure. A total of 67 coaches (52%) were rated 0 or 1 this year — either “untouchable” or at least “safe and secure” in their roles. The last time coaches were so snug in their jobs was 2017 when 78 of them were 0s or 1s. 

Nevertheless, the Hot Seat Rankings can be fickle: Nebraska’s Scott Frost went from 0-5, and Texas’ Tom Herman went from 1-4. Such is the coaching life. They are far from alone, however, as there’s always room on the Hot Seat.

Below is our ratings key. Here’s how the 130 FBS coaches sort out. There are 11 on the proverbial hot seat entering the season with another 12 starting to feel the heat.

Rating What it means Coaches

5

Win or be fired

6

4

Start improving now

5

3

Pressure is mounting

12

2

All good … for now

40

1

Safe and secure

43

0

Untouchable

24

That leads us to the annual Hot Seat Rankings and the 11 Power Five coaches that need to figure out a way to cool things down before 2020 comes to a close. Check out our complete set of 2020 Hot Seat Rankings for ratings of all 130 FBS coaches entering the season.

Check out the full set of 2020 Hot Seat Rankings for all 130 FBS programs.

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