27 CFB Head Coaches Facing MUST WIN Games in Week 5 That Have Coaches + Teams That Need To Take It To the Limit!
Tom Herman, Texas vs. Iowa State – Tom Herman may have built up some goodwill in taking USC into overtime at the LA Coliseum, but a loss to Iowa State on the road this week would toss all that goodwill into the dumpster and thus it is vital for Herman to keep things rolling with a win over a much less talented Cyclones team. Looking at the rest of the Texas schedule after ISU….
At West Virginia
….we see several…maybe 4 more…potential losses for Texas AFTER the Iowa State game so this is a MUST WIN Game for Herman and the Longhorns!
Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Illinois – The best thing about Mike Riley’s current situation at Nebraska is that he and his staff know exactly what they need to do which was described to us by a Nebraska-alum as….
“Competitive in Big Ten West division which probably means 10+ wins”
…and with that in mind and the Huskers now at 2 – 2 on the season and these games left to be played…
At Penn State
….all Mike Riley has to do is WIN OUT which of course makes this week’s game against Illinois a MUST WIN Game!
As for Mike Riley having the expectation of winning 10 games in his third season at Nebraska if one looks back at Riley’s first two seasons in Lincoln the Huskers could have EASILY won 10+ games in each of the last two seasons and after all this is still Nebraska we are talking about here…right?
Lovie Smith, Illinois vs. Nebraska – In his second season at Illinois head coach Lovie Smith has posted records of…
Overall: 5 – 10
Big Ten: 2 – 7
…..and one would think that sooner or later Lovie is going to have show some improvement in the Illini and what better place than in a MUST WIN Game against Nebraska at home on Friday night? Give ‘em Hell Lovie!
Kalani Sitake, BYU vs. Utah State – We are not quite sure what has gone wrong with BYU football from head coach Kalani Sitake’s first year to second year, beyond the BYU offense being a Total Disaster, but the Cougars are headed towards a critical game against Utah State on Friday night that BYU just flat-out CANNOT LOSE and the reason is the rest of BYU’s 2017 schedule after the Utah State game:
At Mississippi State
At East Carolina
San Jose State
At Fresno State
Dang…now at 1 – 3 with a loss to Utah State in this spot we doubt BYU could get to 6 wins in 2017 so…YES…Utah State is a MUST WIN Game for Kalani Sitake and his Cougars!
Matt Wells, Utah State vs. BYU – On Friday, October 16, 2015 Utah State beat Boise State to move to 4 – 2 on the season but since that win over the Broncos in 2015 Matt Wells and his Utah State football team have posted a record of…
7 – 16
…and we haven’t a Damn Clue why the Aggies have struggled so since October 2015!
Could there be something going on inside the Utah State football program or in the personal life of head coach Matt Wells…or something else we don’t know anything about? Who the Hell knows…but for Damn sure we know Utah State has played some…
Way Damn Below Average Football
…since October 2015 and now at 2 – 2 on the 2017 season they face a MUST WIN Game against BYU on Friday night mainly because of what the Aggies have left after the game against the Cougars:
At New Mexico
At Air Force
We believe that Matt Wells needs to win 6…maybe 7…games in 2017 to return to coach at Utah State in 2018 and with BYU + the games above still to be played with a loss to the Cougars on Friday night it is going to be very hard for the Aggies to win even 6 games in 2017 so Coach Hard Matt Wells….Coach Hard Son!
Gary Andersen, Oregon State vs. Washington – In his first two seasons as the head coach at Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen posted records of…
2015: 2 – 10
2016: 4 – 8
….and Andersen needs to keep things rolling in Corvallis BUT now at 1 – 3 on the 2017 season there is little room for more losses if OSU hopes to hit their 4 win mark from last season!
No…it will not easy for Oregon State to beat Washington on Saturday….BUT…it is a MUST WIN Game for Gary Andersen and Oregon State!
Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Georgia – If there ANY head coach in college football that needs some PR advice it is Vols HC Butch Jones who has shot himself in the feet so many times in the last few years at Tennessee that we are surprised he has any feet left to put shoes on! Here’s a pro tip for Butch Jones when it comes to items in the news…
When you highlight the issue and use terms like “Fake News” it causes folks that had no interest in the issue to start paying attention to the issue Son!
Butch Jones could learn a thing or two about the importance of using humor and straight-forwardness when in a pressure situation such as Jones now finds himself in at Tennessee and with a loss to Georgia this week at Neyland Stadium it would Jones’ ass onto a one-way trip to the center of the solar system where you know what is located…
Let’s look at who the Vols have left to play in 2017 now at 3 – 1 on the season….
Now you can see why Georgia is a MUST WIN Game for Butch Jones and the Vols because a loss in this spot and 7 wins will be a tough mark to reach and Jones needs at least 7 wins in 2017 to return as the Vols coach in 2018!
Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Mississippi State – Talk about a coach that is one loss from a Total Meltdown it is Gus Malzahn at Auburn who is working in an AU Athletic Department that is melting down around him and his football team and a loss to Mississippi State at home on Saturday and we are talking about a raging prairie fire on The Plains of Auburn that will make the fires in the American West this past Summer look like a small campfire!
Let’s look at the rest of Auburn’s schedule in 2017 now at 3 – 1 on the year:
At Texas A&M
Gus Malzahn needs at least 8 wins in 2017 and a winning record in SEC play to turn to coach the Auburn Tigers in 2017 and with a loss to Mississippi State on Saturday we don’t see any way in Hell either of those marks are hit so…YEP…this is a MUST WIN Game for Gus and the Tigers!
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State – Amazingly Kliff Kingsbury has Texas Tech at 3 – 0 after wins over Eastern Washington, Arizona State and Houston and now Kingsbury must keep the Red Raiders rolling as they start Big 12 Conference play if he hopes to hang onto his job and that means beating Oklahoma State on Saturday because with these games left…
At West Virginia
…somehow Kingsbury needs to win AT LEAST 3 more games and beating the Cowboys on Saturday would almost guarantee 6 wins for Tech in 2017.
Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina vs. South Florida – Scottie Montgomery got a important win on Sunday but beating UConn isn’t much of a big deal these days under returned head coach Randy Edsall and Montgomery must keep things rolling if he hopes to be the head coach at ECU in 2018.
Here is what ECU has left on their schedule:
Hell….East Carolina might not win another game in 2017 so EVERY game is a MUST WIN Game for Scottie Montgomery and his Pirates!
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame vs. Miami (OH) – Brian Kelly has the Irish off to the start he had to have of 3 – 1 after 4 games with only a loss to undefeated Georgia at home and Kelly MUST keep things rolling in South Bend because he needs 10+ wins in 2017 to return to coach Notre Dame in 2018 and that means he only has room for ONE more loss among these games:
At North Carolina
Notre Dame has MORE talent than EVERY team left on their schedule save the USC Trojans so the Irish should only lose one more game…right?
Jim McElwain, Florida vs. Vanderbilt – Jim McElwain has either sold his soul to the Devil or he is the Luckiest Damn Bastard to coach in college football in a Helluva long time and let’s all see if Jimmy can keep the luck….or sold soul thing…rolling into Week 5 against Vanderbilt in The Swamp.
Florida is 2 – 1 on the season and still has to play games against…
At South Carolina
To stay of the Hot Seat Jim McElwain needs at least 8 wins in 2017 and that means winning 6 of your last games 8 games Jimmy so…YES…Vanderbilt is a MUST WIN Game for the Gators!
Ed Orgeron, LSU vs. Troy – The calculus for Ed Orgeron at LSU is very simple…Coach O cannot lose to any team the Tigers are supposed to beat and looking at the rest of LSU’s 2017 schedule…
At Ole Miss
…we see No Damn Reason why LSU loses more than twice the rest of the season so…YES…Troy is a MUST WIN Game for Coach O and the Tigers!
Larry Fedora, North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech – Larry Fedora is now moving into the very dangerous…
Launching His Ass Onto the Hot Seat Territory
…after 1 – 3 start to the 2017 season and with these games still left to be played:
At Georgia Tech
At Virginia Tech
At NC State
Hell….lose to Georgia Tech Larry Fedora and your ass is going to be on the Hot Seat Son!
Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. New Mexico State – We don’t give New Mexico State much of a chance to beat Arkansas in Fayetteville on Saturday BUT if NMSU did beat the Razorbacks on Saturday we fully expect that Bret Bielema would be fired right after the game along with Arkansas AD Jeff Long so…YES…this is a MUST WIN Game for the Big Boy and his Chief Enabler in Northwest Arkansas!
Now at 1 – 2 on the season what do the Hogs have left in 2017:
New Mexico State
At South Carolina
At Ole Miss
Damn…how many games will Bielema win in his FIFTH season at Arkansas?
6….maybe 7 games…YEP that’s Arkansas Football folks!
Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. Central Michigan – It seems it’s just a matter of “when” Steve Addazio will get run out of Boston College BUT a loss to Central Michigan at home on Saturday to the already 1 – 3 Eagles would speed up “when” of the firing that’s for Damn sure!
How many games can Boston College really win in 2017?
3…maybe 4 games tops?
Mark Whipple, UMass vs. Ohio – Mark Whipple’s UMass team played well against Tennessee in Knoxville, but can they keep things rolling against Ohio on Saturday before facing a brutal schedule to finish the 2017 season?
At Mississippi State
Hell…if you can play Tennessee into the 4 th quarter then you should be able to beat EVERY team left on the UMass schedule…right?
Matt Rhule, Baylor vs. Kansas State – Even playing pretty well against Oklahoma the first year head coach at Baylor Matt Rhule has a Total Disaster brewing in Waco with an 0 – 4 record on the board and still having to play games against:
At Kansas State
At Oklahoma State
Baylor can probably win…1…maybe 2…maybe 3…games in 2017 but even 3 wins would be nothing short of an EPIC meltdown for Baylor Football from where it was just a couple of years ago!
Lance Leipold, Buffalo vs. Kent State – After a big win over FAU and Lane Kiffin in Week 4 Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold needs to keep things rolling Week 5 with a win at Kent State as they get the MAC Conference schedule going!
Paul Haynes, Kent State vs. Buffalo – Paul Haynes is now in his FIFTH season coaching the Kent State Golden Flashes and he has posted records of…
Overall: 13 – 38
MAC: 8 – 23
…and one would think that anything less than 6 wins in 2017 and the Haynes-era at Kent State will come to an end in late November which makes the 1 – 3 Flashes facing a MUST WIN Game over Buffalo on Saturday.
Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. Stanford – Todd Graham needing 8+ wins in 2017 to return to coach the Aztecs in 2018 got a MUST WIN over Oregon at home last week and now at 2 – 2 Graham MUST keep things rolling by beating Stanford on The Farm.
Can Arizona State win 6 of their last 8 games to save Todd Graham’s job?
At Oregon State
We would say…Not A Chance In Hell!
David Shaw, Stanford vs. Arizona State – David Shaw got his MUST WIN over UCLA in Week 4 and now here comes another MUST WIN Game on The Farm against Arizona State for the 2 – 2 Cardinal.
The expectations for Stanford Football are now 10+ wins a season and with two losses on the board that means The Cardinal needs to win out against…
At Oregon State
At Washington State
That’s doesn’t look to hard to us…after all this is still Stanford Football….right?
Sean Kugler, UTEP vs. Army – Sean Kugler is now in his FIFTH season as the head coach at UTEP and has posted records of…
Overall: 18 – 35
CUSA: 11 – 21
….and one can only wonder how long Kugler can survive especially considering a losing season in 2017 would be his THIRD straight losing season at the school. YES….beating Army is Very Damn Important and is a MUST WIN Game for Kugler and Miners!
Mark Stoops, Kentucky vs. Eastern Michigan – We cannot imagine Mark Stoops Kentucky team losing to Eastern Michigan at home BUT if for some reason the Wildcats didn’t show up against EMU…and that is the only way UK could lose this game…not showing up….and Kentucky lost this game Mark Stoops’ rear-end will be launched back onto the…
…in a major way! Don’t lose to Eastern Michigan Son!
Lane Kiffin, FAU vs. Middle Tennessee – For all those folks that knew all those points the Alabama offense was scoring when Lane Kiffin was the offensive coordinator at Bama was because Bozo the Clown could have coached the Incredibly-Rich in Talent Alabama football team to a Helluva lot of points they are like us not surprised to see Kiffin back on the Hot Seat for the first time since his ass got run by USC at the Los Angeles International Airport in September 2013.
After the loss to Buffalo Kiffin’s FAU team is now 1 – 3 on the season and still has to play games against….
At Old Dominion
At Western Kentucky
At La. Tech
….and if the Owls lose to Middle Tennessee on Saturday we foresee Kiffin’s ass being on the Hot Seat for the foreseeable future!
YES….Middle Tennessee is a MUST WIN Game for Lane Kiffin and FAU!
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina – Life is really simple of Kevin Sumlin and his A&M coaching staff right now…they need 10 wins on the board after they play LSU on November 25 and now at 3 – 1 here is what the Aggies have left to play in 2017:
At Ole Miss
Hell….lose to Alabama and win the rest of your games and Kevin Sumlin is in GREAT shape in College Station…that’s no problem….right Kevin?
Coach those Aggies up Son!
Will Muschamp, South Carolina vs. Texas A&M – Will Muschamp did a nice job getting his rear-end off the Hot Seat last season…BUT…lose to Texas A&M on Saturday to drop to 3 – 2 in 2017 with these games left to be played…
At Texas A&M
…and we foresee the Hot Seat in Muschamp’s future if he can’t get back to at least 6 wins this season!
Jim Mora, UCLA vs. Colorado – With a $10M plus buyout if fired at the end of the year there are lots of folks that believe UCLA head coach Jim Mora is un-fireable, but we have been told by UCLA-alum friends that if the Bruins 2017 season “falls to pieces” Jim Mora’s ass will be “run right out of Westwood” and with that in mind UCLA now at 2 – 2 on the season and these games left to be played…
…if the Bruins lose to Colorado in the Rose Bowl on Saturday we see No Damn Chance for UCLA to win 6+ games in 2017 and we have to think with a 2 nd straight losing season BIG buyout or not the Jim Mora-era in Westwood will end shortly after Thanksgiving of this year!