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Top Five College Football Coaches with Something to Prove in 2022

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Top Five College Football Coaches with Something to Prove in 2022

Every school has had a coach where they just didn’t work out, with names like Mike Shula (Alabama) and Ron Zook (Florida) coming to mind. One more underwhelming season from these five men, and they are looking for new jobs. Here are my top five coaches in college football who have their contracts on the line.

1. Scott Frost, Nebraska

Man, I think Scott Frost wishes he was still in Orlando right now. Coming off an undefeated 2017-2018 season with UCF, Frost left for his alma mater, Nebraska. Some thought he was going to be one of the elite coaches in the Big 12. But his tenure in Lincoln has been rather disappointing, evident by a 3-9 campaign last season. However, some bright spots include the addition of Casey Thompson from Texas, plus, for what it’s worth, all of the Cornhuskers’ losses last season were by single digits. So, it’s not like they got blown out every game, they just couldn’t finish in the clutch. I think Frost has the coaching potential to spark this team and get them bowl eligible again.

2. Steve Sarkisian, Texas

Sarkisian was brought to Texas to bring them back. As one of the game’s elite offensive-minded coaches, he seemed to have everything going well in Austin. Well, we thought they were going to be back, until the Oklahoma game. I’ll let the Arkansas game slide, it was Week 2 and the Razorbacks were clearly better. But against the Sooners, the wheels came off. Up by 21 points at the end of the first quarter, Texas was on cruise control. The 66-yard run by Caleb Williams turned the tide though, and Oklahoma eventually tied the game. Then, only needing a FG, Kennedy Brooks breaks a run and wins it in the final seconds. Texas fans were sad — they thought this was the year they were back. After the loss to the Sooners, it all just started to snowball. Sarkisian lost six games in a row, notably losing to Kansas on a 2-point conversion in the final seconds. Yes, that’s how bad of a season it was.

Now, that all changes.

I think that with Quinn Ewers transferring into the program, Sarkisian has a new energy surrounding the Horns. Back against the wall, program life on the line, I think he gets it done vs Oklahoma in one of the most anticipated matches of the season and wins the Big 12. (I will gladly accept all slander if this goes horribly wrong)

3. Mike Norvell, Florida State

Mike Norvell’s tenure at FSU has been interesting. He went 5-7 last season but should have made a bowl. Yes, he beat Miami, but with six seconds left vs Jacksonville State, this happened. It was the most embarrassing loss for FSU in maybe two decades. He has shown bright spots as coach of the Seminoles, but also some dull moments. They had some good games, fighting Notre Dame until the end, ultimately losing by a field goal, 41-38. McKenzie Milton appeared in that game for the first time since 2018, a special moment for CFB fans all over. Their last game of the season, Florida State lost to Florida in Gainesville on a pathetic onside kick attempt. Next season could be different, though. I think Norvell has the recruits and talent to turn this program around, he just has to execute.

4. Herm Edwards, Arizona State

Herm Edwards came into Arizona State looking for a revamp of the program. He has had sucess at the school, but only to a certain extent. His best season was 8-5, a mark he has hit twice: 2019 and 2021. Problem being, he’s had allegations against him for a while in terms of recruiting violations. He also had his starting QB, Jayden Daniels, leave the program for LSU, causing distress among the Sun Devil players. I feel like he has to get minimum 10 wins this season to not get fired — ASU is tired of being mediocre.

5. Bryan Harsin, Auburn

Bryan Harsin was one defensive stop and 1:27 seconds away from toppling rival Alabama. Similar to Tom Brady, Bryce Young goes 97 yards for a game-tying drive and would go onto win in 4OT. A disappointing season for Auburn, going 6-7. They lost their bowl game in a thriller to Houston, 17-13. Harsin came into the program as one of the elite Group of Five coaches. Malzhan’s departure for UCF stung Auburn fans, and Harsin isn’t doing as well as they’d hoped. The football season was a mess, but so was the offseason. He was supposedly having an affair with his assistant. Former Auburn DT Lee Hunter also had some words to say about Harsin before transferring to UCF and Gus Malzhan. I personally don’t think Harsin can turn it around, he has too much surrounding the program, and Boise State is very different than SEC football.

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