After two weeks of college football action, the sportsbook, SportsLine, has updated their hot seat odds.
The state of Florida occupies the top-two spots on the list with USF’s Charlie Strong at 3/1, and Florida State’s Willie Taggart at 4/1.
At 7/1, Rutgers Scarlet Knights head man Chris Ash is third on the list. 1-1 on the season, Ash’s team opened with a 48-21 victory over UMass, but was shutout in Kinnick Stadium by the Hawkeyes, 30-0. Since taking over in 2016, Ash is 8-30 (.211%) in Piscataway. The Scarlet Knights host Boston College on Saturday (12:00PM ET, BTN).
UConn’s Randy Edsall (8/1) and Rice’s Mike Bloomgren (10/1) round out the top-five.
Ninth on the list is Illinois’ Lovie Smith. Beginning their season with victories over Akron and UConn, the Illini have had about as good of a start to the season as they could have hoped for. Redshirt junior quarterback Brandon Peters has completed 65.5% (38-58) of his passes for 390 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception.
Like Ash, Smith took over the reigns in 2016. Posting a career-best 4-8 mark a year ago, many believe Smith and his staff need to reach six wins and qualify for a bowl game in 2019. Hosting the 1-1 Eastern Michigan Eagles on Saturday, Illinois has a great opportunity to start 3-0 and be halfway to the six-win threshold.
Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt was No. 10, just behind Smith at 20/1.