As we’ve seen in recent years, job security can sometimes hinge on the result of a single game. Lane Kiffin at USC and Will Muschamp at Florida come to mind.
The following Power 5 coaches are not on the hot seat. Some do not feel even close to it. But they’ll want to win these pivotal games in 2016 to remain in good standing with their fans and administrators.
1. Butch Jones, Tennessee
Pivotal game: vs. Florida (Sept. 24)
It’s a painful stat every Tennessee fan knows all too well: The Volunteers have lost 11 in a row to Florida, going back to 2004. That includes the Gators’ great escape last season, when they scored late on fourth-and-14 to break the Vols' hearts and continue the streak.