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

Herm Edwards lost his job as coach of Arizona State following a Week 3 home loss to Eastern Michigan. USA Today Sports

The speed and scope of this year's college football coaching carousel might not rival its predecessor's, but potential scenarios are already taking shape.

Embattled Power 5 coaches have lost their jobs on each of the past two Sundays. Arizona State parted ways with Herm Edwards hours after a home loss to Eastern Michigan, confirming once again that the only thing that truly triggers coaching changes is what happens between the lines. Nebraska, meanwhile, has hired a search firm (Collegiate Sports Associates) to assist in its effort to replace Scott Frost, fired Sept. 11 after a 1-2 start.

The timing of the two changes so far is notable, but 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.