As we approach the start of the 2018 college football season, it's time to start wondering about what head coaches might be on the hot seat. Who's in need of a big season in order to keep their jobs?
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum answered that question during an appearance on SportsCenter on Sunday.
Finebaum, who's recently re-signed with the Worldwide Leader, named a prominent SEC head coach.
The ESPN analyst believes LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is in need of a big season.
"I’ll spare the Vanderbilt fans, but I think the one (coach) people are wondering about is Ed Orgeron,” Finebaum said, per 247Sports. “Remember he took over for Les Miles two years ago after four games. He had a pretty good season, not great. He got the job after Tom Herman left the LSU faithful at the altar. Last year, there were some pretty good things, but there were some terrible things — like losing to Troy, another loss to Alabama which has been expected now since 2011, so a bad season.
"Vegas has him right now at the 7-win mark. That would be a problem.”
The schedule isn't going to help much. LSU opens the season with multiple very losable games.
Finebaum thinks this could be an issue.
"I think everyone knows the schedule. Miami first and then Auburn third," Finebaum said earlier this month. "I think the question then becomes, ‘Should LSU lose both of those, can you even get a thermometer to measure the hot seat?’ Because I think you could start seeing similarities to what we had two years ago when Les Miles lost the first game against Wisconsin."
LSU and Miami are set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 2. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T.