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Unless occupied by Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney, no head coaching job is ever safe in college football. That being said, whether it's due to a run of mediocrity, failing to meet expectations, butting heads with the athletic department, or just plain bad performances on the field, there are a few coaches across the college football landscape that could be out of a job by season's end - or sooner - if they can't make improvements.
Here are five coaches on the hot seat heading into the 2019 college football season.
1. Kirby Smart, Georgia
It's hard to believe that Smart, who's led Georgia to a National Championship game and two top-10 CFP Poll finishes in three years, is a hot seat candidate, but there's an argument to be made. Smart has been the mirror image of his predecessor, Mark Richt, in his short time with the Bulldogs and unless he brings a National Championship to Athens next season (drastic, I know), he could be fired once the season is over.
2. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
Jim Harbaugh's teams have consistently been among nation's best throughout his tenure at Michigan, but they've failed to win when it matters most. Despite an impressive 38-14 record in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh has won just one bowl game and has yet to beat Ohio State in four years with the Wolverines. No matter how many wins Michigan can get in 2019, another loss to the Buckeyes could seal Harbaugh's fate.
3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Malzahn was seemingly on the rise after leading Auburn to a 12-2 record and a spot in the 2013 BCS title game in his first year at the helm. However, the Tigers have floundered in mediocrity ever since, recording just one other 10-win season and a 2-3 bowl record in the five years following their title game appearance. Making it to the College Football Playoff would go a long way for Malzahn, but anything less than a 10-win season could see him out the door.
4. Barry Odom, Missouri
Odom's Missouri teams have been steadily trending upward since he took the helm in 2016, but he still might be out of a job next year if Mizzou can't take the next step forward. Despite just one losing season to his name, Odom owns a 19-19 record has gone 0-2 in bowl games in his three years with the Tigers. Finishing the year with a 10-win season would go a long way, but another bowl loss could see Odom in the unemployment line by the end of the season.
5. Willie Taggart, Florida State
Big things were expected of Willie Taggart when he was hired by Florida State to replace Jimbo Fisher last year. Unfortunately, the first-year coach failed to live up to expectations by leading the Noles to a dismal 5-7 record in 2018. Taggart will have to prove to everyone that last season was a first-year fluke, but if his team stumbles to yet another losing record in 2019, he could be out of a job sooner rather than later.
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