1. Mike Locksley—Mike Locksley is 2-20 (.091) in two seasons. How has he not been canned already? University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs needs to be dismissed as well. Krebs (1) forced out Rocky Long, the most successful head coach in New Mexico football history, (2) hired deadbeat Mike Locksley, and (3) refuses to get rid of Locksley. Three strikes and you’re out.
2. Dennis Erickson—Dennis Erickson’s teams have not beat a single team with a winning record over the past three seasons. Even if 4-6 Arizona State wins out and gets to .500 by beating UCLA and Arizona, it cannot go to a bowl because two of its wins were against FCS schools! Dennis Erickson is done, stick a fork in him.
3. Paul Wulff—Wazzu did something amazing Saturday: They beat an FBS team for the first time since November 22nd, 2008. Washington State gave Oregon State a pretty good 31-14 licking on the road. For this, I’ll drop Paul Wulff down one spot this week. The Cougars have a three week bye before the 103rd installment of the Apple Cup. If the Cougars can beat the Huskies on December 4th, Wulff still has a very, very, very slight chance of keeping his job as head coach. If he loses, he will surely be fired.
4. Neil Callaway—Neil Callaway is 14-32 in almost four years in Birmingham. All four campaigns have been losing seasons. Even if the Blazers can finish out with wins over Memphis and Rice, they will still only be 5-7.
5. Bob Toledo—Bob Toledo is 13-33 in his fourth season at Tulane. At 4-6 the Green Wave still have a very slim chance at going to the postseason, but they’d have to beat UCF and Marshall. More than likely, Toledo will have his fourth straight losing season in New Orleans.
6. Ron Zook—Two weeks ago, Illinois was 5-3 and all three losses came to ranked teams. It looked like Zook had the Illini back on track and they’d would be bowl eligible with a win over Michigan. The defense did not show up, and they lost 65-67 in three overtimes. The following week, the Illini lost 34-38 to the worst team in the Big Ten, Minnesota. The Illini are 5-5, reeling, and desperate to get bowl-eligible.
7. Bill Lynch—Lynch has not won a Big Ten game this season and is 5-25 in conference games. Indiana is a hard place to develop a winning football program. Football takes the backseat to basketball. Lynch has brought in better recruits and did take Iowa and Northwestern to the wire this season, but the Hoosiers may still hit the reset button.
8. David Bailiff—When your athletic director gives you a vote of confidence, you know you are on the hot seat. Since going 10-3 and winning the Texas Bowl in 2008, the Owls have lost 18 of their last 22 games. Welcome to the hot seat David Bailiff.
9. Ron English—Eastern Michigan is a tough place to coach. Ron English is 1-21 with two games to play in his second season with the Eagles. English has a chance of sticking around for a third year considering two seasons isn’t long enough to rebuild a program.
10. Mark Richt—Should one subpar season in a decade of dominance justify firing a coach? Probably not, but some Georgia fans think so. Georgia plays in-state rival Georgia Tech at home on November 27th. If the Bulldogs can get the win, they will be .500 and going to their tenth straight bowl game under Mark Richt. If they win that bowl game, they will have their tenth straight winning season under Mark Richt.
Waiting list: Rickey Bustle, DeWayne Walker, Steve Fairchild, Stan Parrish, Randy Shannon
Fired: Dan Hawkins
Off the hot seat: Mike Sherman, Rich Rodriguez
We will revisit On The Hot Seat after Week 13.