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Florida's Will Muschamp atop hot-seat coaches list

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Michigan coach Brady Hoke's team suffered a big loss at home to Utah on Saturday.

We're still in September and there already is one coaching vacancy (SMU). While it's extremely unlikely another job will come open this month, there are going to be a dozen or so that come open this season -- and chances are, the jobs that come open will be on this list.

We're not saying all these guys will go, but coaches are hired to be fired and the job security of these 10 are the most tenuous among the 128 coaches in the FBS ranks. By no means, though, is this a complete list of the hot-seat coaches. These are just the guys on the hottest seats this week.

This list will be updated on a weekly basis as coaches' fortunes rise and fall.

10. Mike London, Virginia

The particulars: 20-33 in his fifth season at Virginia, including 2-2 this season.
The skinny: The Cavs already have matched last season's win total, and they have played well enough to be 3-1 or even 4-0 (the losses are to unbeaten BYU and UCLA). The defense is talented and aggressive, while the offense remains somewhat of a work-in-progress. Other than a road game at Florida State on Nov. 8, the rest of the schedule isn't overly daunting. Frankly, other than FSU, the ACC as a whole doesn't appear overly daunting, so getting a bowl bid seemingly would be mandatory if London is to keep his job.

9. Kevin Wilson, Indiana

The particulars: 12-27 in his fourth season at IU, including 2-1 this season.
The skinny: IU shocked Missouri on Saturday. The problem? That win came one week after the Hoosiers lost to Bowling Green -- at home. The defense remains a huge concern. If IU can get to a bowl, Wilson should be fine. The offense is bowl-worthy. The defense is not. It helps that the Big Ten appears mediocre overall. A win in this week's home game with Maryland, and a bowl would seem likely.

8. Tim Beckman, Illinois

The particulars: 9-19 in his third season at Illinois, including 3-1 this season.
The skinny: The Illini haven't been all that impressive in beating FCS foe Youngstown State, Western Kentucky and Texas State, but given how starved they have been for wins, they'll take them. Illinois has road games left against Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State, and the Illini aren't going to win those. It would seem to be a must for Beckman to get to a bowl to keep his job, so that means Illinois needs to come up with three wins from among this group of opponents: Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa, Penn State and Northwestern. All but Northwestern are at home.

7. Troy Calhoun, Air Force

The particulars: 51-42 in his eighth season at Air Force, including 2-1 this season.
The skinny: A 2-1 record looks good. But the wins have come over an awful FCS team (Nicholls State) and one of the worst teams in the FBS ranks (Georgia State). The Falcons play host to Boise State this week, and that will be a good gauge as to where the Falcons are in the Mountain West pecking order. Air Force has lost 15 of its past 20 games overall, with the wins coming over Army, Colgate, Georgia State, Hawaii and Nicholls State.

6. Bill Blankenship, Tulsa

The particulars: 23-19 in his fourth season at Tulsa.
The skinny: Tulsa moved from Conference USA to the AAC this season, and the campaign got off to a good start with a win over fellow AAC newcomer Tulane. Then came an expected loss to Oklahoma. But the most recent game was a 29-point beatdown at the hands for Florida Atlantic, a middle-of-the-pack team (at best) in C-USA. The Golden Hurricane gets relative FBS newcomer Texas State at home this week. It would behoove Blankenship to win that one. Tulsa won just three games last season, and while the AAC isn't that strong, a loss to Texas State might mean three wins is the ceiling this season.

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5. Norm Chow, Hawaii

The particulars: 5-23 in third season at Hawaii, including 1-3 this season.
The skinny: The lone win this season was a three-pointer over FCS foe Northern Iowa, but the Warriors' three losses were by a total of just 18 points to Pac-12 schools Colorado, Oregon State and Washington. There definitely are some winnable games remaining, but there are enough issues to make you wonder if Hawaii can even get to four wins. Would that be enough for him to keep his job?

4. Ron Turner, Florida International

The particulars: 2-14 in second season at FIU, including 1-3 this season.
The skinny: This season's win came over FCS foe Wagner, but the Panthers also lost -- for the second season in a row -- to FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman. Turner was a head-scratching hire to begin with, and it doesn't help that FIU AD Pete Garcia doesn't seem to know what he is doing (witness Garcia's refusal to grant a press pass to the Miami Herald, the only media outlet in South Florida that really cares about FIU, for the season opener against Bethune-Cookman). FIU is a member of Conference USA, and while the majority of C-USA teams are bad, FIU might be the worst of all. In short, it's going to be hard for this team to win another game this season.

3. Brady Hoke, Michigan

The particulars: 28-15 in fourth season at Michigan, including 2-2 this season.
The skinny: It's not that Michigan is 2-2 this season; it's the manner in which the Wolverines lost those games -- 31-0 to Notre Dame and 26-10 to Utah. And at no point past the first quarter of either game did anyone truly get the idea that the Wolverines could win either one. Michigan gets Minnesota in "The Big House" this week. A loss in that one and even being "a Michigan man" isn't likely to save Hoke. The Wolverines went 11-2 in Hoke's first season, but they've been on what looks to be a steady descent ever since. One potential positive: Other than contests against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, the remaining games are winnable, even as mediocre as Michigan has played.

2. Charlie Weis, Kansas

The particulars: 6-21 in his third season at Kansas, including 2-1 this season.
The skinny: KU had two winnable games this month, and the Jayhawks won both, over FCS opponent Southeast Missouri State and Central Michigan. But they were hammered by Duke and start Big 12 play this week against Texas. Another 0-9 season in Big 12 play likely would seal Weis' departure -- and given the apparent talent disparity between KU and the rest of the Big 12, an 0-9 league mark looms.

1. Will Muschamp, Florida

The particulars: 24-17 in fourth season at Florida, including 2-1 this season.
The skinny: Yes, the Gators won 11 games in 2012, Muschamp's second season. And, yes, they were hit with an inordinate amount of key injuries last season, when they finished 4-8. But Saturday's taken-to-the-woodshed loss at Alabama exposed the same offensive problems that have plagued the Gators since 2010 (Urban Meyer's last season in Gainesville) while also showing that the defense -- Muschamp's baby -- has massive holes in the secondary. The Gators are off this week, then travel to play at Tennessee on Oct. 4. Florida has owned Tennessee of late, winning nine in a row and 17 of the past 21 in the series. If the Gators don't win in Knoxville, it's easy to see the season spiraling out of control, but Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley indicated Muschamp will have the full season to prove himself before he's reevaluated.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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