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CFB Hot Seat Watch: Will Muschamp's Gators continue to reel

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Will Muschamp's Gators have lost eight of their last 10 SEC games, including Saturday's 42-13 loss to Mizzou.

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Florida's Will Muschamp went into the season on perhaps the hottest seat among coaches, and it has gotten even hotter for Muschamp after Saturday's debacle against Missouri. The Gators are off this weekend, and given that Florida AD Jeremy Foley is fond of the "if something must be done eventually, it must be done immediately" maxim, it seems as if this would be a good time to fire Muschamp. Foley fired Ron Zook in midseason in 2004 -- and the program was a Ferrari then compared to what it's like right now, which is an on-fire dumpster being pushed around by folks wearing blindfolds near some gas pumps.

Meanwhile, we're barely into mid-October, and there already are four coaching vacancies (Buffalo, Kansas, SMU, and Troy).

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By no means 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.

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The particulars: SMU's June Jones resigned Sept. 8, Kansas' Charlie Weis was fired Sept. 28, Troy coach Larry Blakeney announced Oct. 5 that he will retire at the end of the season and Buffalo's Jeff Quinn was fired Oct. 13.

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10. Tony Levine, Houston

The particulars: 18-15 in his third season at Houston, including 4-3 this season.
The skinny: Houston looks to have a good shot at getting to eight wins -- which, considering the Cougars' talent level relative to the rest of the AAC, should be expected. Still, there's no question the program has slipped under Levine's watch. The Cougars went 13-1 in 2012 under then-coach Kevin Sumlin. When Sumlin left for Texas A&M, Levine was promoted. If the Cougars finish with at least seven wins, Levine should be safe.

9. Al Golden, Miami

The particulars: 26-18 in his fourth season at Miami, including 4-3 this season.
The skinny: The Hurricanes still have what looks to be a legitimate shot at getting to eight wins. But if they max out at six or seven, things could be dicey for Golden. Miami hasn't won double-digit games since 2003 and won't this season unless it wins out, including its bowl game. Given that Miami's fan support is a mile wide but an inch deep, a few more losses will means tens of thousands of calls for Golden's scalp.

8. Larry Fedora, North Carolina

The particulars: 18-14 in his third season at UNC, including 3-4 this season.
The skinny: The Tar Heels' defense was shredded again Saturday, but this time the offense bailed it out. UNC beat Georgia Tech, 48-43, and still is in the hunt in the ACC Coastal. Truthfully, though, the reason the Heels are in the hunt is that the division is mediocre. UNC finished with a flourish last season and could do so again this season. NCAA issues linger because of an academic scandal that preceded Fedora's tenure, and that actually could end up saving him.

7. Paul Petrino, Idaho

The particulars: 2-17 in his second season at Idaho, including 1-6 this season.
The skinny: He seemed to be a bad cultural fit when he was hired, and the Vandals got just their second win in his tenure Saturday over New Mexico State. That snapped a 13-game losing streak, which had been the longest such streak currently in the nation. To be fair, Petrino took over a reeling program, and as bad as the Vandals seem to be, there still are two more eminently winnable games this season.

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6. Kevin Wilson, Indiana

The particulars: 13-30 in his fourth season at IU, including 3-4 this season.
The skinny: The Hoosiers' offense is in trouble. Starting QB Nate Sudfeld is out for the season with a shoulder injury, and backup Chris Covington also has been lost for the season with a knee injury. That means true freshman Zander Diamont, who was supposed to redshirt, is the guy the rest of the way. The defense already was a huge concern. Other than a trip to Ohio State, the remaining schedule isn't that daunting. At the same time, considering the quarterback situation, IU could finish 3-9. The question seems to be whether the injuries to the top two quarterbacks is enough of an excuse for Wilson to keep his job.

5. Norm Chow, Hawaii

The particulars: 6-23 in his third season at Hawaii, including 2-3 this season.
The skinny: The Warriors were off this weekend. There definitely are some winnable games remaining, but there are enough issues to make you wonder if Hawaii can get to four wins. Would that be enough for Chow to keep his job? Chow is dealing with pressing personal issues, as well; his wife suffered a brain aneurysm earlier this month.

4. Tim Beckman, Illinois

The particulars: 9-22 in his third season at Illinois, including 3-4 this season.
The skinny: The Illini were off this weekend -- a good thing, considering their defense is in shambles. The three wins have come over FCS foe Youngstown State, Western Kentucky, and Texas State. It would seem to be a must for Beckman to get to a bowl to keep his job, so that means Illinois must come up with three more wins from among this group of opponents: Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Penn State. It seems more likely the Illini win zero or one than they win three more.

3. Bill Blankenship, Tulsa

The particulars: 23-23 in his fourth season at Tulsa, including 1-6 this season.
The skinny: Tulsa dropped its sixth in a row Saturday, blowing a 20-point halftime lead and losing to South Florida, 38-30; that's the most points USF had scored in 38 games, since Sept. 24, 2011. Two wins looks to be the ceiling for Tulsa this season. The Golden Hurricane have fallen a long way in a short time -- at least eight wins per season eight times in 10 seasons from 2003-12. Blankenship is a Tulsa alum, but that might not save him.

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2. Brady Hoke, Michigan

The particulars: 29-17 in his fourth season at Michigan, including 3-4 this season.
The skinny: Michigan was off this weekend, but now must travel to play "little brother" Michigan State, which has won five of the past six in the series. The Wolverines went 11-2 in Hoke's first season, but they've been on a steady descent ever since. As with the No. 1 guy on this list, it seems a matter of "when" and not "if" he will be let go.

1. Will Muschamp, Florida

The particulars: 25-19 in his fourth season at Florida, including 3-3 this season.
The skinny: Man, if his seat was hot before, it is absolutely scorching after the Gators were embarrassed, 42-13, by Missouri on Saturday night -- and on homecoming, no less. The offense remains a disaster, and Muschamp and his staff don't seem to have a clue how to fix it. Florida has lost eight of its past 10 SEC games and 12 of its past 19 overall.

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