College Football Coaching Hot Seat & Betting Tracker Week 13
With a scant few weekends remaining in the regular season, college football bettors who wagered on season victory totals fall into three categories: Those who have won, those who have lost and those who will be hanging on until the very end.
Of the 129 FBS teams that FanDuel Sportsbook offered college football futures totals on back in July — every program at the NCAA’s top level save Rutgers, due to its location in New Jersey — 33 have already gone over entering Week 13, the penultimate weekend of the season. Another 34 are guaranteed to finish under. That leaves 62 still in the balance, though 11 of those can finish only with a push at best.
USC, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, LSU and Temple all went over their season totals with wins this past weekend. At the other end of the spectrum, South Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State, Texas Tech and Duke all suffered losses that guaranteed them to finish under. Not even the heavy hitters are immune from the drama: Alabama and Georgia, both 9-1 and with totals of 11, can only push at best.
But for nearly half of all FBS teams, winners and losers will still be decided over the next two weeks. Some of those programs walking the tightrope have more than season totals at stake. Here are the coaches on the hottest seats entering Week 13, and how upcoming games will affect their fortunes — and yours.
College Football Coaches on the Hot Seat
|Coach||O/U wins||Trend||Week 13|
| Barry Odom |
| Mike Locksley |
|Chip Kelly |
| Jeremy Pruitt |
| Dino Babers |
| Jim Harbaugh |
O/U win totals set preseason by 888sport
Barry Odom, Missouri (warmer)
Why it’s warm: The Tigers have lost four straight and fallen to .500 despite fielding what was supposed to be one of Odom’s better teams.
Season total: 6.5
Next game: vs. Tennessee
Betting impact: After opening 5-1, Missouri isn’t just losing games, but losing badly — gagging against SEC bottom-feeders and getting blown out by the league’s elite. No wonder the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week opined about Odom’s future at Mizzou. Exceeding that total now requires winning out, which means finding a way against rejuvenated Tennessee (+4) this weekend before closing against awful Arkansas.
Mike Locksley, Maryland (warmer)
Why it’s warm: What started as a promising debut season for Locksley turned sour in a hurry, and the Terps sit at 3-7 after suffering one blowout loss after another
Season total: 4.5
Next game: vs. Nebraska
Betting impact: Let’s be honest: Nobody is canning Locksley after one season, given the mess he had to clean up. And yet, losing a combined 163-31 in his last three games isn’t pretty. The Terps have to win out to exceed a meager total, and on paper both games look winnable — home against Nebraska (-5), and at Michigan State. Then again, this team lost 40-14 to Purdue.
Chip Kelly, UCLA (warmer)
Why it’s warm: The Bruins are just 7-15 in their second season under the former Oregon mastermind.
Season total: 5.5
Next game: at USC
Betting impact: The Bruins’ modest three-game win streak came to a harsh end at Utah last weekend, meaning UCLA (4-6) has to sweep its final two outings to hit the over and clinch bowl eligibility. Beating Cal on Nov. 30 in two weeks is one thing — beating USC on Saturday is quite another. The Trojans (-13) have won four of five to go over their total of 6.5, a nice finishing kick even if it’s not enough to save Clay Helton’s job.
Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee (cooler)
Jeremy Pruitt could match the same amount of SEC wins as Butch Jones did in his best season at Tennessee (2015). He could also defeat South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and Vanderbilt in the same season, something Butch Jones only did once in his 5 years with the #Vols.— Landon Raby (@lambo_raby10) November 12, 2019
Why it’s warm: Pruitt is still flirting with a second losing record in as many seasons at the helm of a program that’s under the impression it belongs among the national elite.
Season total: 6.5
Next game: at Missouri
Betting impact: The Vols clawed back to .500 thanks to a comeback at Kentucky two weeks ago that has Big Orange envisioning bowl eligibility and bettors seeing dollar signs. Tennessee still has to win out to go over the total and toward that end the crucial game is Saturday at Missouri (-4), which has lost four straight. Get that one and the Vols go for a once-unthinkable seventh victory at home against the Commodores.
Dino Babers, Syracuse (cooler)
Why it’s warm: A preseason Top 25 program has plummeted to 4-6 overall and a miserable 1-5 in the ACC.
Season total: 5
Next game: at Louisville
Betting impact: Though the Orange started the season in the AP poll, bookmakers clearly knew something given that low season total. Syracuse salvaged a shot at going over by hammering Duke last weekend for its lone ACC win so far but the Orange must run the table against Louisville (-8.5) and Wake Forest. Both opponents are far better and odds seem long.
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (cooler)
Why it’s warm: Wolverines fans are already worried about next weekend’s game, given Harbaugh’s 0-4 record against Ohio State.
Season total: 9.5
Next game: at Indiana
Betting impact: The Wolverines finally looked the part of a ranked team last weekend, trouncing Michigan State to keep over hopes intact. Now, everyone from Detroit to Mackinaw City is thinking about the big showdown against the Buckeyes on Nov. 30. But Michigan has to win out to get over that total, which first means handling pesky Indiana (+8), which pushed Penn State into the fourth quarter last week.