College Football Coaching Hot Seat: Odds on Who's Fired Next

John PattonContributor IOctober 15, 2011

College Football Coaching Hot Seat: Odds on Who's Fired Next

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    With all the good there is in college football, in order to maintain balance, there is equal parts bad. And often, the most unfortunate part of the game is an ever-revolving coaching carousel.

    Teams that are viewed as underachievers can see a shake-up at the top.

    Earlier this week, Arizona relieved Mike Stoops of his duties after the Wildcats got off to a 1-5 start (0-4 in the Pac-12).

    Who might need to see his club reverse its fortunes to hop off the hot seat?

    Here is a look at five. (Note that the odds listed are pure speculation.)

Luke Fickell

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    A former Ohio State player, Fickell was hired as the Buckeyes' coach on an interim basis after Jim Tressel was fired.

    With OSU opening 3-3 (0-2 in the Big Ten) and suffering a second-half collapse in a 34-27 loss at Nebraska on Oct. 8, the Buckeyes have been a disappointment.

    That said, Ohio State has been in every game except for a 24-6 loss at Miami on Sept. 17, and if the Buckeyes are able to defeat unbeaten Illinois this weekend, it will be a huge plus for Fickell.

    Odds: 20-1

Mark Richt

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    It certainly seems unfair to say a coach who has his team 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference (with the two losses to undefeated Boise State and 2010 SEC East winner South Carolina), but Bulldogs' fans are itching for a lot more than annual trips to bowls like the Outback and Citrus.

    In recent years Richt has signed many of the nation's top recruits. Unfortunately for him, the production hasn't matched the publicity and four different SEC teams not named "Georgia" (Florida, Alabama, Louisiana State and Auburn) have captured the last five BCS national championships.

    Odds: 25-1

Houston Nutt

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    Entering Saturday's game against Alabama, Mississippi was 2-3 (0-2 in the Southeastern Conference).

    In fairness, the Rebels lost their very talented starting tailback, Brandon Bolden, to an injury before the season even started.

    Still, this is a team that lost 30-7 at Vanderbilt and entered the weekend ranked 108th nationally in average passing yards, 99th in average rushing yards and 92nd in average points scored.

    Odds: 10-1

Rick Neuheisel

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    When he was hired, there was a lot of hope at UCLA that Rick Neuheisel could bring his alma mater back to prominence.

    So far, it hasn't happened, and this season has been up and down.

    The Bruins have opened 3-3, but do sit 2-1 in the Pac-10 heading in to what should be a victory next Thursday night at Arizona.

    UCLA could be bowl-bound, but will that be enough?

    Odds: 10-1

Frank Spaziani

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    Off this Saturday, Boston College entered the weekend 1-5 (0-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference).

    The Eagles rank 91st or below nationally in average passing yards, rushing yards and points scored, and their only victory came against Massachusetts.

    Odds: 6-1