2017 College Football Hot Seat Rankings: 15 coaches who should now be nervous

Yes, it's the first week of October and the silly season has already begun.

UTEP's Sean Kugler became the first coaching casualty of the season when he resigned Sunday. There promises to more openings, including some of the most sought-after jobs in the country.

If the likes of Notre Dame, UCLA, Tennessee, LSU and Texas A&M come open, we're talking about some of the most high-profile searches in recent years.

We got a reminder Saturday when Tennessee got skunked by Georgia and LSU lost at home to Troy. What used to be patience now causes coaches to look over their shoulders.

Given the rapidly changing landscape, I wanted to reshuffle my original set of Hot Seat Rankings from the summer. 

A reminder of our ranking system …

Rating Status / What it means Now Preseason

5

Win or be fired

2

2

4

Start improving immediately

10

4

3

Pressure is mounting

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15

2

All good ... for now

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31

1

Safe and secure

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66

0

Untouchable

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12

Below you will find a new ranking of the 15 coaches with the hottest seats in college football along with two coaches whose seats have cooled down considerably after the first month of the season. Click here for a look at where all 130 FBS coaches ranked to begin the season.

Coaches on the hot seat (15)

Coaches who took themselves off the hot seat (2)

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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