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Analyst Predicts These 5 Coaches Are The Most Likely To Be Fired

Bobby Petrino wearing a headset on the field for the Cardinals.

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 24: Bobby Petrino the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals watches the action against the Boston College Eagles at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Over the last few years, the coaching carousel has started pretty early. So far, we've only had one coach fired, Bowling Green's Mike Jinks.

None of the Power Five jobs have opened up yet. That won't be the case for long.

Inevitably, at least a few premier jobs will become available. Some think that Urban Meyer will step away from Ohio State after the season, which is about as big as it gets, but there's also plenty of speculation about guys like Gus Malzahn at Auburn and Clay Helton at USC.

Citing the coach and school financial situations, Pete Thamel predicted the fates of many of the college football coaches on the hot seat.

Beaty addressed 10 coaches overall, and while he rarely went as far as to say that any given coach is definitely gone, five definitely stand out as the most likely firings.

The Yahoo Sports writer says Louisville "projects as the highest-profile opening," and that the school will likely move on from Bobby Petrino.

"New athletic director Vince Tyra will figure out a way to find the money, which will be thorny as Petrino’s $14 million has no offset. The good news is that it would cost Louisville “only” $3 million to buy out Brohm from his deal after Dec. 5."

The other most likely firings...

Larry Fedora at North Carolina: "North Carolina doesn’t want to fire him, but may have to. This will be a test of how much Carolina cares about football."

D.J. Durkin at Maryland: "Hard to project when you don’t know who will be in charge. Other than Durkin not returning, there’s an aura of mystery around the Terps right now."

Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech: "There’s a strong feeling in the industry that this opens, as Johnson’s program has gone stale."

And, of course, David Beaty at Kansas: "This one is a matter of when, as Long may want a jumpstart to give his new coach a chance to scramble a signing class together."

That list obviously leaves off Chris Ash, who Thamel posits may be saved by Rutgers' rough financial situation, and a few other big names. The full Yahoo Sports piece goes into far more detail, and addresses the coaches who Thamel expects to keep their jobs.