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Hot Seat Week 3: Bryan Harsin under pressure after Penn State dominates Auburn

Here’s a look at the coaches feeling the heat after Week 3.

San Jose State v Auburn
Head coach Bryan Harsin of the Auburn Tigers prior to their game against the San Jose State Spartans at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Auburn, Alabama.
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We are three weeks through the 2022 college football season and several programs are already starting to show they are on shaky ground. There’s still a long way to go this season, but the college football landscape is starting to look ripe for change at key schools. Here’s a look at which coaches should be feeling the heat this year.

Bryan Harsin, Auburn

Harsin shockingly survived a tumultuous summer at Auburn but a 41-12 home defeat against Penn State might be the beginning of the end. The Tigers haven’t noticeably improved since Guz Malzahn departed, and the SEC schedule doesn’t get any easier with Texas A&M, LSU and Alabama in the division. If Harsin doesn’t get some wins, he could be shown the door at the end of the season.

Scott Satterfield, Louisville

Quarterback Malik Cunningham did all he could in Louisville’s loss to Florida State Friday. This was a matchup of two programs fighting to get back to relevance in the ACC. The Seminoles have partially achieved that, while Satterfield has to address yet another close loss after a blown lead. Scott Frost was done in by losing close with Nebraska so it looks like Satterfield is slowing creeping towards unemployment.

Karl Dorrell, Colorado

The Buffaloes might not have the resources to go elsewhere, but Dorrell hasn’t delivered in the non-conference portion of the schedule. Colorado has failed to remain competitive with the likes of TCU, Air Force and Minnesota. The only way Dorrell survives is if the administration doesn’t put the money together to make a switch.

Honorable mentions

  • Northwestern won’t make a move but at some point Pat Fitzgerald’s non-conference losses have to be frustrating. It’s hard to see a guy rally the troops and deliver a win against Nebraska in Week 0 before dropping games against Duke and Southern Illinois. The Wildcats are linked to Fitzgerald for a long time, so they seem to be alright with this product. It’s hard to imagine anyone else is though.
  • Jeff Scott got his South Florida team to give in-state big boys Florida a tough game, but moral victories won’t cut it in Year 3. Next week’s game against Louisville is huge for both programs and could determine if a coach keeps his job.