College Football Hot Seat Rankings: Indiana's Lynch Next on Chopping Block?

Tom PerryCorrespondent INovember 16, 2010

College Football Hot Seat Rankings: Indiana's Lynch Next on Chopping Block?

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    Soon after posting the hot-seat rankings last week and placing Dan Hawkins on top, Colorado fired the embattled coach.

    So who will get the kiss of death this week?

    New Mexico's Mike Locksley is an easy target.

    It can't be Washington State's Paul Wulff after an upset of Oregon State.

    Keep reading to learn who are the top 10 coaches on the hot seat this late in the season.

10. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest

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    Last Week: NR
    2010 Record: 2-8

    Just a few years ago Jim Grobe was the toast of the ACC, as he guided Wake Forest to a conference championship.

    Now the Demon Deacons have one of the nation's worst defenses and the program has returned to its normal place at the bottom of the ACC standings.

    Grobe is an outstanding coach, but Wake Forest has dipped much lower than anyone expected. At his age, some folks have to wonder if it's not time for a change.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 0.5 (on a scale of 1-5)

9. Mack Brown, Texas

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    Last Week: 10
    2010 Record: 4-6

    Mack Brown makes it back-to-back weeks on the hot seat. This is unusual territory for the Longhorns coach.

    However, Texas is playing well below its talent pool and someone has to get the blame.

    No one really believes Brown will get the axe for the down season, but there will be some changes made this offseason to make sure this type of year doesn't happen again.

    If it does, then Brown does become more of a target.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 1.0 (on a scale of 1-5)

8. Bill Stewart, West Virginia

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    Last Week: 3
    2010 Record: 6-3

    Bill Stewart has this great overall record and the Mountaineers have a winning record this season following a blowout win over Cincinnati this weekend.

    What everyone still remembers are two inexcusable losses to Syracuse and Connecticut a few weeks back.

    So instead of waiting to play Pittsburgh for the Big East championship in a couple weeks, the Mountaineers are fighting and scratching to stay in the race.

    WVU also needs some help to win the title even if the Mountaineers don't lose again.

    None of this is good news for Stewart.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 1.5 (on a scale of 1-5)

7. Paul Wulff, Washington State

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    Last Week: 4
    2010 Record: 2-9

    Washington State's 31-14 romp at Oregon State may be all Paul Wulff needed to save his job.

    The former Cougar has not had many wins to celebrate since taking over in Pullman, Wash., but there are many people near the program who really believe he's made some big strides with the program — even if it doesn't show in the "W" column.

    It's impossible to take him off the hot seat yet, but climbing out of the top five is a big step for Wulff and his team.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 2.0 (on a scale of 1-5)

6. Ron Zook, Illinois

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    Last Week: NR
    2010 Record: 5-5

    Just when it looks like Ron Zook is free and clear of the chopping block, he goes out and loses a triple-overtime heart-breaker to Michigan and follows that up with an unforgivable loss to Minnesota.

    Zook still has a chance to save his job. All he has to do is win one of his final two games against Northwestern or Fresno State.

    The reason Zook moves up so far on the list after being absent for so long is because of the loss to Minnesota — a team that had yet to win a Big Ten game this season.

    This loss might cost Illinois a winning season.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 2.5 (on a scale of 1-5)

5. Dwayne Walker, New Mexico State

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    Last Week: 6
    2010 Record: 2-8

    Dwayne Walker knew what he was getting in to when he was hired by New Mexico State following the 2008 season.

    Still, it's not clear how much of an improvement he's made since taking over.

    A 41-20 loss to Louisiana Tech is the Aggies second consecutive defeat, and it's unlikely they'll upset Nevada or Hawaii in the final two games of 2010.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 3.0 (on a scale of 1-5)

4. Ricky Bustle, Louisiana-Lafayette

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    Last Week: NR
    2010 Record: 2-8

    No one can argue that Ricky Bustle isn't trying to win, even though the Ragin' Cajuns lost their sixth game in a row, losing 24-23 at Florida Atlantic.

    The Cajuns had a chance to tie the game after Blaine Gautier's 43-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Wolfe with 1:45 left, but Bustle chose to go for the win and went for two.

    The attempt failed and so did the ensuing onside kick.

    Still, six straight losses are not sitting well.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 4.0 (on a scale of 1-5)

3. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State

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    Last Week: 9
    2010 Record: 4-6

    Dennis Erickson is a good guy and he probably doesn't deserve his fate.

    The Sun Devils must upset UCLA and Arizona to even finish .500, and they still wouldn't earn a bowl berth.

    Arizona State has been so close this year with near-misses against Wisconsin, Oregon, Oregon State, USC and Stanford.

    But all anyone will remember is that they were all losses. And the good-guy thing only goes so far.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 4.5 (on a scale of 1-5)

2. Mike Locksley, New Mexico

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    Last Week: 2
    2010 Record: 1-9

    One week after getting his first win of 2010, Mike Locksley's team returned to form and lost to Air Force 48-23.

    It seems like New Mexico would follow the lead of Minnesota and Colorado and begin the transition from Locksley to a new coach now.

    But paying off his contract may prove too costly for the small program.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 5.0 (on a scale of 1-5)

1. Bill Lynch, Indiana

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    Last Week: 5
    2010 Record: 4-6

    Bill Lynch is another one of the nice-guy coaches who just doesn't win enough games.

    Wisconsin didn't make it any easier on Lynch either, by putting up 83 points on the Hoosiers Saturday.

    How unlucky is Indiana this year? The Hoosiers don't even get to play Minnesota, which would likely be a Big Ten victory.

    Lynch knew entering the season he was on a short leash. Now he needs upset wins over Penn State and Purdue for even a 50/50 shot at surviving.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 6.0 (on a scale of 1-5)