The college football coaching seat has already attracted five Power Five-level coaches this season, with more to come. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports has released his updated hot seat rankings., and most of those who were in the pre-season rankings did not improve anything for themselves. At the same time, a couple of coaches managed to reduce the pressure. Auburn Brian Hars is not one of them, as he defended his job after losing 21-17 to Auburn in which the team lost a 17-0 lead.
“I mean, this is my job,” Harsin said via Auburn Undercover. “Every day (my job) is to come and make sure that I am ready and that we have prepared this football team. It doesn’t change anything and I told the team about it. … This football team deserved it. They deserve the chance to come back and prepare and be the best football team next week and that’s what we’re going to do.
“I know the guys in that room will do it. I know that our players will. I know our coaches will be too.”
Could Harsin be next? Here is Dodd’s rating on a scale of 1 to 5, with five being the hottest spot and the coach’s preseason rating in brackets.
CHILLING – DINO BUBERS, SYRACUSES: 3, START WINNING NOW (4)
A breakout over Wagner was largely expected, but the Oranges have won three of their five victories against Power Five rivals, with the other two victories against weaker teams who never instilled the slightest fear in them. Baybers should have at least brought the Oranges back into the playoffs this season, but at 5-0 it looks like he’ll do more.
CBS Sports: “The road ahead is a lot harder: NC State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Florida, Wake Forest and Boston College are still on the schedule. The Oranges are just one win away from being eligible for the draw for the first time since 2018.”
COOL – MIKE NORVELL, FL: 3, START WINNING NOW (2)
Even with the recent Wake Forest failure, Norvell has silenced the critics. He led the Seminoles to a Week 1 loss to LSU and started 4-0 ahead of the first loss of the season. The schedule isn’t getting any lighter as the trip to North Carolina State and the Clemson home fight take place in the next two weeks, but the Seminoles are more than capable of competing with anyone in the league.
CBS Sports: “He’s done a wonderful job trying to restore the culture and FSU is in no mood to make changes after quickly lashing out at Taggart. Norvell has taken the transfer portal seriously and has full faith in QB Jordan Travis, which is paying off.”
JIMBO FISHER, TEXAS A&M: 3, PRESSURE Rising (0)
It’s almost impossible for Aggie to fire Fisher. They will owe him a ransom of more than $95 million. With that said, they failed in Appalachian State and lost in Mississippi State. A&M is also a missed field goal by Arkansas, not 2-3. Fischer is the only coach on this list with a pre-season rating of 0 or 1.
CBS Sports: “ Even the big cigar makers at Texas A&M should think twice before paying the rest of a guaranteed contract that remains nine years past this season. But that’s $9 million a year for a coach who lost to Appalachian State and was eliminated from Mississippi State. That’s $9 million a year for the QB whisper, whose best QB whisper came from his previous job in the state of Florida. Jimbo’s best employment guarantee is that historic #1 recruiting class in 2022, which will start contributing in 2023. Until then, can big cigars endure a 7-5 season?”
JEFF SCOTT, USF: 3, PRESSURE Rising (3)
Scott received a vote of confidence in January as the USF signed him to a two-year extension. However, there were no results on the field. Scott, who had a lot of hype when he came from the 2020 Clemson offensive coordinator, is ranked 1-4 in the 3rd grade. He did have to deal with the challenge of his first campaign during the pandemic-affected season, but after going 2-10 with only one AAC win in 2021, the Bulls need to show some signs of life and are 1-5. Taking Florida to the wire in the Swamp was a welcome glimpse, but Scott needs to at least find a path to four or five wins.
CBS Sports: “Scott beat one FBS team (4-22). His record is 0-14 away. The former coordinator of Clemson’s joint offensive now needs to win a powerful G5 conference that has become unforgiving (Americans). USF did it. playing hard in Florida, but it had more to do with the Gators wrestling at the time.”
ANDY AVALOS, BOSE STATE: 4, START WINNING NOW (2)
In six full seasons under Harsin, Boise State won double-digit games five times, with the only time he missed was 2015, when the Broncos won nine. Avalos arrived from his position as defensive coordinator in Oregon and inherited a team that went 5-2 in 2020. In 2021, Boise State went 7-5, the lowest win total since 1998 when the Broncos won six games. A 27-10 loss at UTEP on September 23 sounded the alarm, but the Broncos smashed San Diego State in response.
CBS Sports: “What do they do well besides defense (3rd nationally, limiting opponents to 229 yards per game)? No flash, no Statue of Liberty, no commotion.”
SCOTT SUTTERFIELD, LOUISEville: 4, START WINNING NOW (3)
Saturday’s defeat at Boston College sounded the alarm in Louisville. The Cardinals entered as a sizable favorite and lost to a team that did not have a Power Five victory in September. Louisville looked to take the next step up from a minor team in the 4th grade under Satterfield along with seasoned quarterback Malik Cunningham. Currently? The Cardinals will be lucky enough to win six victories.
CBS Sports: “You don’t even have to follow Malik Cunningham closely to realize that he has a lot of Lamar Jackson in him. With that in mind, shouldn’t Louisville be better? The pressure intensified after the loss to Boston College.”
WILLY TAGGART, FLORIDA ATLANTIC: 4, START WINNING NOW (4)
After failing to hit the bowl last season, the pressure on Taggart has increased a lot. Dodd spoke about how bad things got from his days at the USF before he left for a year in Oregon before his disastrous stint in Florida.
CBS Sports: “Taggart led mediocrity for three seasons, playing 12-15. Only 10 of these victories were against FBS schools. Taggart is 2-8 in their last 10 games. was hospitalized due to training sessions with Taggart, was a coach there. Prior to this season, Taggart had been out of action for over two years since 2015. He is nine games under .500 in his career. What is the attraction?”
JAKE SPAVITAL, TX: 4, START WINNING NOW (4)
Spavital made headlines when he opted for a portal strategy for all transfers after the 2020 season. The Bobcats’ total wins have increased from two to four, but to date in 2022 they haven’t had much success.
CBS Sports: “TThe Bobcats haven’t had a winning season since 2014 and got off to a poor start in 2022 while the rest of the Sun Belt got much better. Against three worthy opponents, Texas State lost 38-14 (Nevada), 42-7 (Baylor) and 40-13 (James Madison).”
BRIAN HARSIN, AUBURN: 4, START IMPROVING NOW (4)
A burnt LSU 17-hedron fueled the fire under Harsin’s hot seat. Auburn is 3-7 in their last 10 games since last season and things have only gotten tougher from there, starting with back-to-back away games against Georgia and Ole Miss. Auburn had five home games to open the 2022 season. season and it looked like the Tigers needed to go at least 4-1 and they went 3-2. Auburn had to assess Harsin’s future after his first season, and it remains to be seen if he will see the end of his second season.
CBS Sports: “It hurts to say this: Harsin may not live to see Halloween 2nd.”