College football coaching hot seats: Who's under pressure in 2020?

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The 2019 coaching cycle went pretty much as expected: quiet overall with a few surprises, but no major domino effect in the Power 5.

The highest-profile coach on the hottest seat before the season, USC's Clay Helton, surprisingly kept his job. Only nine Power 5 schools made changes (seven firings and Washington's Chris Petersen chose to step down, while Baylor's Matt Rhule left for the Carolina Panthers job), and no coaches have made moves from one power conference to another. The market trend right now is internal promotions -- all four College Football Playoff coaches this year were promoted to their jobs. Washington's Jimmy Lake, Memphis' Ryan Silverfield and Appalachian State's Shawn Clark all moved up.

There should be substantially more action this coming year. Helton once again occupies the nation's hottest seat, but he's not alone, as other coaches from the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 also enter win-or-else seasons.

Rather than a national hot-seat list, I'm going to follow the league-by-league format I introduced last season. Here's a look at the coaches who need to win the most in the Power 5 leagues, as well as a section for the Group of 5.