1. Tom Herman, HC #13 Houston: 10-0. Last time: 3 (+2)
Down 34-14 to Justin Fuente's Memphis Tigers, the Cougars rallied in the fourth quarter to pull off the win and move to 10-0. Undeniably, the man in charge of the sole remaining playoff-buster deserves the #1 spot.
Likely destination: Probably not the B1G with some of the big-time P5 jobs available.
4. Ken Niumatalolo, HC #19 Navy: 8-1. Last time: 8 (+4)
Blew away Memphis and SMU to remain undefeated in the American. The West Division will be decided by the matchup against Houston in two weeks. I have him below Fuente on the basis of the unusual offense and that it seems unlikely that he'll leave Navy, but this is the best of his 7 seasons as the head coach there. Along the way, he coached Keenan Reynolds, who has now scored more rushing touchdowns than anyone else to ever play FBS football.
Likely destination: I feel like he isn't leaving
5. Matt Campbell, HC Toledo: 8-1, 2-0 against P5 teams. Last time: 7 (+2)
Defeated Central Michigan in another Tuesday Night MACtion game 28-23. Would probably have 9 wins if not for a cancelled game against Stony Brook in Week 1. Toledo currently owns the MAC East, but will have to go through BGSU and WMU to finish the job.
Likely destination: All signs point to a Midwestern gig. He's only 35, so I wouldn't be terribly surprised if he stays in Toledo. His whole life has taken place in Ohio.
11. Willie Fritz, HC Georgia Southern: 7-2. Last time: 12 (+1)
The Eagles have rolled the last two weeks through a weak Sun Belt schedule. Could they troll Georgia between the hedges this weekend? Florida sure hopes so.
Likely destination: Wouldn't this guy in the SEC be fun?
12. Brock Spack, HC Illinois State: 8-2. Last time: 11 (-1)
Split the two tough matchups I mentioned, losing at SDSU and dominating SIU. Now tied atop the MVFC with North Dakota State, who is incredibly not on their regular season schedule. I wonder what the tiebreakers are? Either way, Spack has built a program that is tied with NDSU for the division lead, and that is very impressive.
Likely destination: Mustache University at West Lafayette
17. Bill Cubit, Illinois interim HC: 5-5, 2-4 against the Big Ten. Last time: 19 (+2)
I just struggle so much to put Illinois into context this season. This is an interim head coach, and yet here we sit at 5-5. We've not had a losing record once this season. By all means this is more successful an interim season than I expected. And yet, Cubit simply can't be retained. He's not moving us forward, he's merely keeping this season afloat. Seems like a hell of a guy, sells tickets on the quad, seems to really have the respect of his players. But the asinine playcalling and the fact that our offense is now at its worst under him in the third year we've been running his system are among the factors that disqualify him from the permanent job. We had a special teams coach who coached terrible special teams, a defensive coach who coached terrible defenses, and now we have an offensive coach coaching a terrible offense. Thank you for all you've done to make this season worth watching, Bill. No hard feelings.
Likely destination: He should become a Champaign-Urbana townie. I'd buy him a drink at the Icehouse.
18. Rick Stockstill, HC MTSU: 5-5, 1-3 against this list. Last time: 18 (-)
Beat Marshall and Florida Atlantic to improve to 5-5 on the year. I don't think he's really going anywhere though
Likely destination: MTSU
19. Mike Locksley, Maryland interim HC: 0-4. Last time: 19 (-1).
So close to beating Wisconsin with the Wrestleback Offense! Not quite as effective against Michigan State.
Likely destination: Has not yet punched anything, including his ticket to an HC gig.
- Illinois (Tim Beckman fired)
- Maryland (Randy Edsall fired)
MinnesotaRetiring Jerry Kill replaced by Tracy Claeys
- USC (Steve Sarkisian fired)
- South Carolina (Steve Spurrier retired midseason)
- Miami (Al Golden fired)
- Virginia Tech (Frank Beamer to retire)
- Missouri (Gary Pinkel to retire)
Other FBS Jobs:
- Hawaii (Norm Chow fired)
- North Texas (Dan McCarney fired)
- UCF (George O'Leary resigned)
- Louisiana-Monroe (Todd Berry fired)
Jobs With Potential/Rumored Availability:
Power 5 Jobs:
- Iowa State (Paul Rhoads 2-10 last year, 3-7 this year, 32-53 in year 7)
- Virginia (Mike London 5-7 last year, 3-7 this year, 26-45 in year 6)
- Rutgers (Kyle Flood 8-5 last year, 3-7 this year, 25-21 in year 4, very very bad at discreetly greasing professors)
- Syracuse (Scott Shafer 3-9 last year, 3-7 this year, 13-22 in year 3)
- Auburn (Gus Malzahn 8-5 last year, 5-5 this year, 25-12 in year 3. They moved pretty fast on Gene Chizik...)
- Colorado (Mike MacIntyre 2-10 last year, 4-7 this year, 10-25 in year 3. However, 4 wins at Colorado can be interpreted as progress)
- Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson 11-3 last year, 3-6 this year, 61-41 in year 8...but he won 11 games last year)
- Texas (Charlie Strong 6-7 last year, 4-6 this year, 10-13 in year 2, Texas changed AD's during this football season...but they beat Oklahoma)
- Indiana (Kevin Wilson 4-8 last year, 4-6 this year, 18-40 in year 5, coaches the best 4-win team in the country, has had some shit luck)
- Purdue (Darrell Hazell 3-9 last year, 2-8 this year, 6-28 in year 3...people seem to believe the administration won't move on)
- Georgia (Mark Richt 10-3 last year, 7-3 this year, 143-51 in year 15. Rumors are strong on this one)
- Kansas State (Bill Snyder is seventy-six years old.)
- Boston College (Steve Addazio 7-6 last year, 3-7 this year, 17-19 in year 3)
Other FBS Jobs:
- Kent State (Paul Haynes 2-9 last year, 3-7 this year, 9-24 in year 3)
- Tulane (Curtis Johnson 3-9 last year, 3-7 this year, 15-32 in year 4)