Winning in college football is critical if you're a head coach, but if you're leading the charge of an SEC program, it's imperative. Failure to tally enough notches in the win column and you could find yourself atop the following 2018 SEC head coach hot seat list.
For successful coaches like Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, the odds of them being the first conference coach to receive a pink slip are slim (50-1). For others roaming the sidelines at programs like LSU and Vanderbilt, however, it's a whole different story.
- Ed Orgeron – LSU (2.25-1): How is it possible to be on the hot seat despite a 15-6 mark over two years? Try losing at night, in Death Valley, to a Sun Belt opponent. Last year's 24-21 stunner to Troy and yet another anemic passing attack (84th nationally) are just a few reasons Orgeron has the hottest of chairs this year. Opening the 2018 campaign with showdowns versus Miami and Auburn won't help either.
- Barry Odom – Missouri (2.5-1): I have a hard time believing Missouri is going to can a head coach it just gave a two-year extension to this past December.
- Derek Mason – Vanderbilt (5-1): Vandy has been patient with Mason despite an 18-31 record, including just 6-26 in the conference. His best mark came in 2016 when the Commodores went 6-7 and lost the Independence Bowl.
- Matt Luke – Ole Miss (6-1): Despite a respectable 6-6 record in his first season in Oxford, Luke finds himself on the hot seat right out of the gate.
- Mark Stoops – Kentucky (7-1): This one is ridiculous. Stoops has taken a basketball-first school to respectability, including winning records and bowl appearances the past two seasons.
2018 SEC Coaching Hot Seats Odds
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