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Hot Seat Week 6: How many collapses will David Shaw survive?

Change could be coming soon at Stanford and Auburn.

Oregon State v Stanford
Head coach David Shaw of the Stanford Cardinal looks on from the sidelines against the Oregon State Beavers during the third quarter at Stanford Stadium on October 08, 2022 in Stanford, California.
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There have already been several prominent programs in college football making changes at the head coaching position, with Wisconsin being one of the relative surprises in that particular category. The Badgers made this move earlier than many expected and it could set a trend for schools looking to raise their perceived ceilings in the NIL era. Here’s some coaches which could be next in line as the college football calendar heads into Week 7.

David Shaw, Stanford

At some point, the consistency Shaw showed early in his tenure won’t be enough. The Cardinal collapsed in the fourth quarter against Oregon State, giving up 18 points in a 28-27 loss. If Stanford hopes to compete in this new age of college football, it can’t lean on the previous model for success. Shaw has to adapt, and right now it’s not looking too good for him.

Bryan Harsin, Auburn

I’m genuinely curious as to what Auburn is waiting for with Harsin. There’s no turnaround coming here, which was clear in the second half of the contest against Georgia. The Tigers held firm for three quarters before getting absolutely smoked by Stetson Bennett on a touchdown run which opened the floodgates for the Bulldogs. Things are likely going to keep getting worse as the Tigers face a dangerous Ole Miss team next week.

Jeff Scott, South Florida

Moral victories don’t cut it in Year 3. Scott’s USF team had a chance to spring one of the upsets of the season against Cincinnati but completely dropped the ball in the second half in a 28-24 loss. The situation is not going to get much better for USF, and Scott should be on the way out soon.

Honorable mentions

  • Neal Brown had the week off as the Mountaineers gear up for the final stretch of their schedule. If West Virginia lays another egg Thursday against Baylor, it could be curtains for Brown.
  • Scott Satterfield survived another week as Louisville handled Virginia despite missing Malik Cunningham. However, the fact there are already conversations about him being out don’t bode well for his future with the program.
  • He’s not going to get fired this season, but it is worth noting the horrendous start Brent Venables has gotten off to on the defensive side at Oklahoma. Losing 49-0 to Texas is not something which will be easily forgiven. If he doesn’t have a big season next year, there will be conversations about making a move ahead of Oklahoma’s transition to the SEC.