Houston Nutt tops 'Hot Seat Index'

Updated: October 18, 2011, 7:53 PM ET
By Ryan McGee

You gotta love our multimedia world.

One year ago I wrote a coaches' hot-seat blog that garnered more than a little attention down here in my neck of the woods. Why? Because I live in Charlotte, a.k.a. Chapel Hill South, and I had then-North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis listed No. 1 when it came to seats of heat. Just below Davis I listed my four guys who were "warming up." The first in that lineup was Dan Hawkins, then the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.

Last week I had the honor of being on "The Experts" on ESPNU. And who was on the panel with me? Davis and Hawkins, both now TV analysts. Thankfully, neither one of them had Googled me + themselves.

Now we're back for more, as I rank my six-pack of hot-seat coaches here at the midway point of the 2011 season. Just a couple of weeks ago I would have had New Mexico's Mike Locksley, Tulane's Bob Toledo, and Arizona's Mike Stoops on this list, but they are already gone. Who has taken their place in this game of high-temperature musical chairs? Grab some oven mitts and check out the midseason "Hot Seat Index."

6. Mike Riley, Oregon State Beavers

Career record: 70-59 (1-5 in 2011)
Heat index (out of five): 3

Riley's second stint in Corvallis has been a good one, with five bowl wins in six trips. But last year was a disappointing 5-7 and this year is already worse. When Pete Carroll left USC for the NFL, Riley leveraged rumors that he might head south into a contract extension through 2019. The odds of him finishing out that deal are growing slimmer by the week.

Game that could save/cost Riley his job: @ Cal, Nov. 12. A road win over the Bears would help keep the Beavers out of last place in the Pac-12 North division.