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9 College Football Coaches On The Hot Seat After Week 3

After three weeks of college football, these are the coaches whose seats are hottest based on the early season results.

Last week, eight coaches crashed the list after Week 2. A pair of them have been left off after Week 3.

Rich Rodriguez's Arizona Wildcats looked like a Pac-12 team playing a Conference USA team, blasting UTEP 63-16. Brian Kelly is still feeling plenty of heat, but after a 49-20 rivalry win over Boston College, featuring 515 rushing yards, he's definitely down this list.

You can revisit Week 2's rankings here. After this past weekend, here are the Week 3 hot seat rankings.

9. Butch Jones - Tennessee (Last Week: NR)

2017: 2-1 (last week: 26-20 loss at Florida)
2016: 9-4 (4-4 SEC)
Career: 82-49, 32-22 at Tennessee (14-19 SEC)

Jones appeared on this list after Week 1, but dropped off last week after a 2-0 start. Saturday's loss to Florida wasn't exactly unforgivable, but some of the individual coaching decisions left a ton to be desired.

Running back John Kelly, the brightest spot for the Vols offense this season, has been spectacular. On Saturday, he ran for 141 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He also caught six passes for an additional 96 yards, tops on the team by 50 yards. Yet, on two trips inside Florida's 10 yard line on the day, Kelly did not receive a carry, and was thrown to three times, which resulted in two incompletions and one catch for -1 yards.

This was always going to be a bit of a rebuild after Tennessee's loss of a ton of senior talent from last year's team, a fact that could wind up saving Jones for at least another year, but when you have a bellcow back, you may want to use him near the end zone, especially in a key game in a very winnable division against a rival.

8. Barry Odom - Missouri (Last Week: NR)

2017: 1-2 (last week: 38-3 loss vs. Purdue)
2016: 4-8 (2-6 SEC)
Career: 5-10 (2-7 SEC)

When a long tenured coach like Gary Pinkel steps down, it is extremely tempting to promote a popular coach from the staff to replace him.

That can work out. Lincoln Riley seems to be doing just fine down at Oklahoma, although it is admittedly a bit early to make a true judgment there, even after a win at Ohio State.

However, even with the built in familiarity and chemistry with the roster, hiring from within isn't always the right move. Barry Odom is just 15 games into his tenure at Missouri, but things are kind of a mess.

The former Missouri defensive coordinator helms a program with a really rough defense. The Tigers are surrendering 36.3 points per game so far this year, 113th in FBS. The offense, on the other hand, has looked explosive at time. It averaged over 500 yards per game last season, and is just shy of that number in 2017. The points have not translated this season, though. After a 72-point opener against FCS opponent Southwest Missouri State, Mizzou was held to 13 points by South Carolina, and three points by Purdue, both losses at home against teams that aren't exactly powerhouses.

7. Steve Addazio - Boston College (Last Week: 5)

2017: 1-2 (last week: 49-20 loss vs. Notre Dame)
2016: 7-6 (2-6 ACC)
Career: 38-40, 25-29 at Boston College (10-22 ACC)

The bright news for Boston College is that there may be some life at quarterback. Freshman Anthony Brown has plenty of development to go, but he looks like he might turn into something. Boston College certainly isn't bringing him along slowly, allowing him to throw 40 times against the Fighting Irish. He completed 24 of those throws for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and two picks. Not great numbers, but considering how awful the BC offense has been in recent years, there are reasons for hope.

Addazio's defense has usually been the bright spot during his tenure with the Eagles, but outside of star defensive end Harold Landry, that side of the ball seems to be dipping as the offense climbs a bit. After giving up 34 points to Wake Forest, Notre Dame scored 49 points during its trip to Chestnut Hill, running wild for 515 total yards. Landry, usually as consistent a performer as you'll find in the ACC, was effectively neutralized, and recorded one tackle. That's not a great development for Addazio, who will need to spur a few big upsets to claw back to bowl eligibility with the remaining slate.

6. David Beaty (Last week: 7)

2017: 1-2 (last week: 42-30 loss at Ohio)
2016: 2-10 (1-8 Big 12)
Career: 3-24 (1-17 Big 12)

Another week, another bad, bad loss for Kansas. After dropping one to Central Michigan in Week 2, Kansas hosted another MAC team in Week 3: the Ohio Bobcats. The result was largely the same.

As I wrote last week, Beaty took over a pretty brutal situation, and there are some positive signs in recruiting that may give some glints of hope that he could slowly turn things around. 3-24 is tough to overcome though. A 1-17 Big 12 record is even harder, even if the good memories of that win over (a very bad) Texas are worth something.

There are intangible signs of progress that can happen in college football, even with very bad teams. Admittedly without taking a deep look at game film, it doesn't appear that the Jayhawks are showing them.

5. Kevin Sumlin - Texas A&M (Last Week: 2)2017: 2-1 (45-21 win over Louisiana)
2016: 8-5 (4-4 SEC)
Career: 81-39, 46-22 at Texas A&M (21-19 SEC)

Texas A&M struggled early in its game against the Ragin' Cajuns. The Aggies actually trailed 21-14 into the third quarter, but managed to shut Louisiana out in the second half.

Kellen Mond had his best game as an Aggie, completing over 60-percent of his passes, and throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. His continued development will be key in whether Sumlin will be around for the 2018 season.

After a strong second half and a relatively comfortable win, Sumlin moves down this list a bit. He is far from safe, though.

4. Todd Graham - Arizona State (Last Week: 6)

2017: 1-2 (last week: 52-45 loss at Texas Tech)
2016: 5-7 (2-7 Pac-12)
Career: 89-57, 40-28 at Arizona State (25-20 Pac-12)

Arizona landed a very necessary win last week. Arizona State did not. In an expected shootout, the Sun Devils fell to Kliff Kingsbury, another former placeholder on this hot seat rankings list, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road.

Arizona State only beat New Mexico State by six points, lost to San Diego State (which, to be fair, looks great) and Texas Tech, and now enters Pac-12 play against a pretty grueling gauntlet. Graham's next five games: vs. Oregon, at Stanford, vs. Washington, and at Utah.


3. Tyson Summers - Georgia Southern (Last Week: 1)

2017: 0-2 (last week: Bye)
2016: 5-7 (4-4 Sun Belt)
Career: 5-9 (4-4 Sun Belt)

The good news for Summers is that his team just had a bye. There was no actual way for Georgia Southern to lose on Saturday, and the Eagles did not manage to still do so.

That fact that does not absolve Summers for the start to his tenure at Georgia Southern, of course. And things don't get radically easier, with a trip to scrappy Indiana coming up on Saturday. The game against the Hoosiers does give GS a prime opportunity to land a signature win and take a lot of pressure off of its head coach. However, if the team continues to struggle, upcoming games against Arkansas State and Troy won't be very forgiving.

2. Scottie Montgomery - ECU (Last Week: 3)

2017: 0-3 (last week: 64-17 loss to West Virginia)
2016: 3-9 (1-7 AAC)
Career: 3-12 (1-7 AAC)

Three weeks, and three blowout losses for ECU, once one of the stronger small conference programs. ECU actually had a pulse early against Virginia Tech. The Pirates extended a lead to 17-7 with a Jake Verity field goal with 2:34 left in the first quarter.

They lost 64-17.

Virginia Tech is a good program, so the shame here isn't losing the game. It is surrendering 57 unanswered points at home after losing by 20 to an FCS team and 36 the week before to another Power Five. The fact that this is only year two for Montgomery is the only real saving grace here.

1. Mike Riley - Nebraska (Last Week: NR)2017: 1-2 (last week: 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois)
2016: 9-4 (6-3 Big Ten)
Career: 109-93, 16-13 at Nebraska (9-8 Big Ten)

Nebraska's first two games of the season—a narrow home victory against Arkansas State and a loss to Oregon—gave cause for concern, but it was easy enough to keep him completely off the list. Arkansas State is a strong Group of Five team, and Nebraska still pulled out that win, and the Huskers fought admirably to get way back into the game in Eugene, after being run off the field early on.

Throw in the revelation that Riley had received an extension through 2020, albeit one without a raise, and it seems like he was in decent shape.

After Saturday's loss to Northern Illinois, that no longer appears to be the case.

Nebraska had not dropped a game to a Group of Five school since September 11, 2004, when it fell to Southern Miss (not counting its 2015 loss to BYU, which is often not grouped in with schools from the five non-power conferences as an independent). NIU isn't a particularly good Group of Five program either. Head coach Rod Carey has struggled to maintain the level set by Jerry Kill and Dave Doeren, slipping from double-digit win seasons in 2013 and 2014 to 8-6 in 2015, and 5-7 last season. It isn't crazy to think he may wind up on the hot seat himself, although a win over Nebraska definitely helps.

Now, Nebraska looks like it may be in serious trouble with Big Ten play ahead. With additional pressure being placed on athletic director Shawn Eichorst, a sub-.500 season for Nebraska could mean Riley is gone.