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College football coaching buzz: Hot seats, top candidates, games to watch

Geoff Collins was out at Georgia Tech after Week 4 of the 2022 college football season. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

This year's college football coaching carousel has been active early on, but not necessarily surprising.

Power 5 coaches have lost their jobs in each of the past three weeks, as Georgia Tech's Geoff Collins joined Arizona State's Herm Edwards and Nebraska's Scott Frost. But Collins, Edwards and Frost were three of the four coaches who entered the season on the hottest of seats, and widely expected to lose their jobs at some point. The fourth, Auburn's Bryan Harsin, could have joined him if Missouri had not fumbled a likely game-winning play in overtime last week at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Harsin could be out of Auburn falls to LSU on Saturday.

So while the timing of the three changes so far is notable, the names are not. This year's carousel still likely won't match a 2021-22 carousel that featured 29 total changes, 14 at Power 5 schools, and moves at three of the seven winningest programs in the sport's history. LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida, Oregon, Miami and Washington all had vacancies, and Michigan almost did.

The upcoming cycle should be quieter, or at least standard, although a surprise -- or two -- is almost guaranteed. Coaching buzz will be here to provide regular updates about coaches, scenarios and games to watch.