Heated Affairs: Pac-12 football coaches on the hot seatby Scott Terrell on Oct. 25, 2011, under Sports
From the Arizona Wildcats’ perspective the only negative from the UCLA win – well, besides the fight and the mostly-naked guy – was pushing Bruin coach Rick Neuheisel to the edge of his increasingly hot seat.
Is it too late for Neuheisel to save his job or will UA athletic director Greg Byrne have competition in finding a football coach to work in the Pac-12?
You’ll notice in last week’s hot seat discussion that the Bruins didn’t need to beat Arizona to get to six wins. They still don’t.
Jeff Tedford and Cal got the win they needed against Utah (in convincing fashion, no less) but Mike Riley and the Beavers decided not to follow the Cheap Seats script. OSU dominated Washington State leaving the Cougars and Paul Wulff a long way from even five wins.
Here is the revised best-case scenario as well as each team’s best chance at an upset (that doesn’t detract from the best-case scenario). I even table-ified it for you (progress!):
|Team||Remaining Wins||Final Record||Upset?|
|UCLA||Cal, at Utah, Colo||6-6||at USC|
|Cal||WSU, OSU||6-6||at ASU|
Basically, when it comes to the hot seat squads, root for the home team unless Utah is involved.
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Everybody has played at least seven games so bowl tickets are starting to get punched. Behold, the bubble:
Oregon got win #6 and is officially In. Colorado became the first Pac-12 team to clinch a losing season so the Buffaloes are Out.
Cal slid ahead of Utah since the Bears now have four wins and the Utes don’t have any more non-conference games to win.
We just spelled out how UCLA can still go bowling but the rest of the world isn’t as confident about Slick Rick’s chances.
Does Arizona have a bowl pulse after routing UCLA? Check back with me Saturday night at about, oh, 11 p.m.
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