Coaching changes are a way of life in college football, but this past year was unprecedented. Programs like Oklahoma, USC, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Miami, Virginia Tech and Washington were all searching for new coaches at one point or another.

As a result, at least 28 FBS head coaches will be roaming a different sideline in 2022.

Plenty of head coaches will be safe next season because their teams are performing well, they've already bolted for another place, or a combination of both. That doesn't mean everybody has a free pass, though.

Pressure will mount for some coaches if their teams don't perform next season, including some big names. 

Middle Tennessee's Rick Stockstill and North Texas' Seth Littrell just missed this list, but they could easily be included if their teams are no-shows. While Stanford's David Shaw warranted consideration, it's just hard to see the Cardinal parting with him.

Here's a look at which coaches could find themselves on the hot seat next season.

 

Tim Albin, Ohio Bobcats

Ohio hoped to cause a quiet splash when it tabbed little-known Tim Albin to be its new head coach before the 2021 season. 

If things don't change, the hire is looking more like a belly-buster.

Ohio promoted Albin from offensive coordinator when longtime coach Frank Solich unexpectedly retired. The only other head coaching gig that Albin ever had was for NAIA Northwestern Oklahoma State from 1997-99. He led them to a 13-0 record his final season before being hired by Solich, who was then at Nebraska.

Solich had a high level of success with the Bobcats, compiling a 115-82 record and 11 bowl appearances over 16 years. During that time, he had only two losing seasons.

Ohio tumbled to a 3-9 record in the MAC this past season, finishing 10th in the conference scoring offense and ninth in total offense. They weren't much better defensively, finishing eighth in points allowed. 

Ohio has quality facilities, especially for the MAC, and a strong dedication to the program. If Albin doesn't show major signs of improvement before long, he'll likely have a short leash.

 

Dino Babers, Syracuse Orange

Not long ago, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers was lauded as a brilliant offensive mind and an up-and-coming coach.

He looked to be on the fast track to rebuilding the Orange's woebegone program following a 10-3 season in 2018 that culminated with a Camping World Bowl win over West Virginia. But things have turned blue for the Orange ever since.

After going 5-7 in 2019, Syracuse bottomed out with a 1-10 record in 2020. The Orange went 5-7 this past season, marking their third straight year without a bowl appearance and their fifth losing season in six years under Babers.

Babers signed an extension following that 10-win season in 2018, but his buyout is presumably diminishing each year. If Syracuse doesn't take a major step forward next season, he might be on his way out.

"We all know what the expectations are for 2022," Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack told reporters in November. "We need to win more games. We want to play that 13th game."

Running back Sean Tucker looks like a strong building block for the future, but can Syracuse overcome losing so many transfers over the past few years? Is Babers the guy to sustain relevance at a place that hasn't seen it in a long time?

Going 5-7 wasn't terrible this past year, but it needs to be the first step back toward relevance rather than treading water just below mediocrity. Babers likely needs to make a bowl game in 2022 to keep his job.

 

Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

One of the most unenviable jobs in the nation fell to Geoff Collins when he left Temple to return home and take over Georgia Tech following the 2018 season.

The Conyers, Georgia, native was building a strong resume at Temple. But the Yellow Jackets pegged him to take over for retiring coach Paul Johnson, who ran a triple-option attack. Collins had to fit players recruited to run that archaic system into his own philosophy and ultimately flip the roster.

It hasn't gone well.

Despite putting together some strong recruiting classes that drew national headlines when led by guys like running back Jahmyr Gibbs (who has since transferred to Alabama) and quarterback Jeff Sims, the on-field results haven't been there.

In Collins' three years at the helm, the Ramblin' Wreck have largely wrecked, going 3-9, 3-7 and 3-9, respectively. Bouts of inconsistency cause them to battle quality opponents one week, then get blown out the next week.

Recruiting slogans, fancy words and swagger are all nice to build support around a program and get recruits to listen. But if the wins don't eventually come, all of that fades.

There needs to be some semblance of hope at Georgia Tech, and that hasn't come yet. If Collins is more than just a transition coach, he needs to start proving it.

 

Karl Dorrell, Colorado Buffaloes

When Karl Dorrell became the newest head coach at Colorado, the Buffaloes were in turmoil.

Mel Tucker had just bolted for the green (uniforms and money) of Michigan State, causing them to scramble to find somebody who could lead the program that Tucker looked well on his way to building through quality recruiting. Suddenly, Boulder was a happening place to be for a college football player.

After going 4-2 in an abbreviated 2020 season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado hoped to build on that brief success with a strong 2021. Instead, the Buffs fell flat, finishing 4-8 and missing a bowl game.

Plagued with horrendous quarterback issues and injuries, Colorado couldn't muster an offense. It now must replace star runner Jarek Broussard, who has entered the transfer portal, per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. While a No. 47-ranked recruiting class isn't great, it's the fourth-best in a down Pac-12, so that's a positive.

Dorrell has a history of being a decent coach, compiling a 35-27 record in his previous stop at UCLA. But how long are the Buffaloes going to wait?

They experienced a glimmer of success with Tucker at the helm, so they know it's possible to recapture some of the glory of the 1980s and '90s. If Dorrell stumbles again in 2022, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the administration go in a different direction.