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Chasin' the Devil: Is the next Texas or USC coach on this list?

At this pace, 10 jobs will be open by the end of the month.

The coaching carousel has turned into more of a Gravitron, churning out USC and UConn openings before October hit.

No coach in this week's "Chasing the Devil" rankings are on the proverbial hot seat. In fact, a few might garner plenty of suitors in the next two months, including the NFL.

Will one of these 11 be clutching a podium in front of a USC or Texas fan base come December? Hard to tell, but their agents might get calls.

A tough win over Wisconsin gives Ohio State's Urban Meyer a slight cushion at the top over Oregon's Mark Helfrich, whose Ducks are relentless. Georgia's Mark Richt makes a move back into the top five after a short hiatus. Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy is out after a sluggish effort at West Virginia, but Oklahoma's Bob Stoops is repping for the Big 12 this week. Washington's Steve Sarkisian is steadily climbing, but will his run last?

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9.5
Urban Meyer, Ohio State -- Beating Wisconsin -- arguably the country's best two-loss team -- will be a springboard for the Buckeyes. You could tell Meyer wasn't thrilled with his team the first month. Give Braxton Miller a second full game, on a national stage against Northwestern, and he'll deliver. He wants his Heisman spot back.
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9.0
Mark Helfrich, Oregon -- Oregon defeated Cal under a monsoon Saturday night in Autzen Stadium, and that's exactly what this season has been for opponents playing the Ducks. Colorado's next, and that won't be much prettier, but the Ducks must get through Washington, UCLA and Stanford by early November.
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8.5
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State -- The Fighting Addazios knocked around FSU early on Saturday. The Chasing the Devil board likes it. Keeps Jimbo on edge. He'll need an edge to handle Maryland, which is showing it belongs in Randy Edsall's second season. No FSU players in the national top 100 in sacks. Who's the next Bjoern Werner?
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8.0
Dabo Swinney, Clemson -- After Syracuse and Boston College, which should result in Clemson wins, Swinney welcomes FSU to town. If Clemson wins, this will be Tajh Boyd's Heisman declaration. It will also be Swinney's third straight win over a top 10 team. What's the line in that Beck song, 'Things are gonna change, I can feel it'? That's what Tigers fans are saying to their 'Clemsoning' critics.
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7.5
Mark Richt, Georgia -- Emotional win for Richt over LSU in a Saturday thriller, but no emotion needed for putting Richt back in the top 10, where he belongs and where he started the season. Going 3-1 in a September gauntlet against three top 10 teams? Bulldogs will take it. All Georgia's title hopes are still intact, especially with that stout offensive line that had its way with LSU.
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7.0
Les Miles, LSU -- Miles needs his trusty D-coordinator, John Chavis, to catch up that defense. Everyone knew the secondary would be young, but the defensive line got zero pressure on Georgia's Aaron Murray. Must be a concern for Miles, whose offense is good enough to apply serious pressure on Alabama and Texas A&M. My guess is they'll get it corrected.
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6.5
David Shaw, Stanford -- Slowly creeping up the rankings, Shaw cruised to convincing conference wins over Arizona State and Washington. Shaw might be the first coach USC calls about its opening, just to test the water. That water is Cardinal, and it flows through the Silicon Valley.
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6.0
Steve Sarkisian, Washington -- The season's first month couldn't have gone better for Sark, who has two quality wins (three if you count Illinois), the Pac-12's most accurate passer (Keith Price, 72.3 percent) and the league's leading rusher (Bishop Sankey, 607 yards). But let's see if he can stay on this list with a road game at Stanford this week.
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5.5
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M -- A&M's defense is young and is giving up young scores (49 to Bama, 33 to Arkansas), but if that talent can grow up in a hurry, perhaps A&M still can make the case as the nation's best one-loss team. Perhaps that late-November trip to Baton Rouge will settle that. Two losses and Johnny Manziel buzz goes quiet. One loss and Johnny Signature lives.
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5.0
Al Golden, Miami -- Miami has gone untested since knocking off Florida in early September. Luckily, sneaky-good Georgia Tech comes to Sun Life Stadium on Saturday. Miami's potential is obvious, but how good can the passing game be on days Duke Johnson is bottled up? Golden will figure it out.
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5.0
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma -- Knock Notre Dame's down year if you wish, but beating the Irish in South Bend counts as a quality win for the Big 12. Clearly Oklahoma's defense has upgraded in year two under coordinator Mike Stoops. The Big 12 is wide open, and Blake Bell's poise could make it not so open.

Burned by the Devil: Thought UNC's Larry Fedora would be climbing the rankings this season. But with three losses, including giving up 55 to ECU, Fedora must work the skills that got him to UNC.

Next Devils up: Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Art Briles, Baylor; Charlie Strong, Louisville; Jim Mora, UCLA; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; George O'Leary, UCF; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina.

 
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