It’s a fact of life that first impressions on a person are the strongest. When dealing with the likes of a college football fan base, first impressions are even stronger.
Even for some coaches that have been with their respective schools for an extended amount of time, week one sets the mood of the season. Right off the bat, a loss can be detrimental to any football team. Whether that team is a bottom-dweller of the Big East or an SEC defending champion trying to repeat it’s success, no one is safe from the week one collapse.
Some programs, like Boise State, face their toughest (or only) opponent in their opener. In this case, losing week one would throw up the flag with an entire slate of games to go.
For other programs, like Tennessee and South Florida, getting through week one with a victory is the only thought on their minds. Winning games against Division 1-AA teams means very little in the BCS rankings. Instead, a loss would send them into a Michigan-like downfall (think Appalachian State) and ruin any hope of making the bowl game expected of them.
Whether were talking about Derek Dooley making his big-time college football debut or Chris Peterson finally getting his chance to show the nation why his team deserves a shot at the hardware, here are ten coaches that need to win in week one.