When Idaho canned its head coach following a huge loss to Louisiana Tech, the seal was broken. If your season is already lost, and there's really hope for no improvement, you are on the hot seat.
Here are six coaches who could be terminated as early as Week 9, if the loss is bad enough. Some of these coaches can live to fight another year if they'll at least show some marked improvement, but it doesn't look good. (Since Frank Spaziani has already been named as the worst, his name doesn't appear here.)
1) Gene Chizik (Auburn)
2) Derek Dooley (Tennessee) (Not if he upsets South Carolina, of course.)
3) Joker Phillips (Kentucky)
4) Charlie Weis (Kansas)
5) Rich Ellerson (Army) (He's really killing that "Army Strong" mantra, isn't he?)
These coaches need to show some sort of improvement, though Chizik's job may be beyond salvation at this point. While winning a national championship buys you some time, it also emphasizes your failure if you don't come close ever again.
If these coaches don't get it together in Week 9, it's prime time for putting them on notice and finding a replacement. (Especially if the transitions are going to take place in December again like last year.)