When you combine top-tier recruiting, a storied history and recent success, you’ve got a cocktail that spawns very high expectations.
And when you’ve got your eye on a championship each and every year, you’ve got a coach that is constantly under pressure to over-achieve.
The irony associated with of some of the best head-coaching jobs in college football is that where there exists a delicious spotlight, there is always invariably the glare of overwhelming expectations.
And these are high hopes that can send a guy from the top of the world to the hot seat in a single season.
The following slideshow celebrates this rather fraught mentality and pinpoints nine college football coaches that need 10 wins in 2013 to keep their jobs.
In each case, these gridiron leaders need to be in the championship conversation from a divisional and conference standpoint in 2013, and then they need to have their hats in the ring for the BCS.
If not, 2013 could be their last season at their current post, and even if they do push their luck into 2014, they’ll be fighting for their jobs with each and every win.