As the calendar turns to November, six FBS schools have already made a coaching change; five of those schools bounced their head coach immediately while one is allowing their current head coach to finish out the remainder of the season.

There are always numerous reasons for in-season move — a jump on the head coaching search is usually at the top, but with the early signing period making its debut in December of 2018, more and more schools have cited that as a reason for the hastily made move while football is still left to play.

Several seats are en fuego around the country and seven schools have already pulled the trigger. 

So while this isn't a list of who is going to replace who or who might replace who, it's a power ranking of which currently open job presents the most recruiting opportunity in its current role.

1. USC (opened Sept. 13)

A case could be made that LSU should be No. 1 given its lack of other Power 5 programs in-state, its fertile recruiting ground and other factors, but ultimately, USC is still the most attractive of the four school when it comes to recruiting opportunity. Look back at the 2014 class — Steve Sarkisian took over at USC four days after Thanksgiving and closed with future first-rounder Adoree Jackson and future Pro Bowler Juju Smith-Schuster. While SoCal-bred players never been more eager to leave the region, much of that reason has been because of the instability at USC since the 2018 season, when the Trojans went 5-7 and immediately the "Fire Clay Helton" chants started picking up. That greatly affected the 2020 class while the pandemic-impacted 2021 class allowed them to keep five-star Korey Foreman home. But if there was more stability, would Bryce Young have stuck with his commitment? Would Elias Ricks have stayed on the West Coast? Probably. So given the depth and the lack of an elite superpower in their own division, USC is in a better spot than LSU, ever so slightly, and that has more to do with USC's national brand still resonating ... consider that, to a man, current high school seniors say that Reggie Bush was their favorite college back despite most of them being in preschool when he was doing his thing with the Trojans. 

2. LSU (opened Oct. 17)

Of course, LSU's biggest obstacle has been sharing the division with Alabama, who has won a national title or two or six in the last dozen years. And that's not even taking into account current No. 1 Georgia or Florida. While it's true they don't have any other Power 5 programs in their own state to contend with, having to share a division with Alabama isn't super fun for the Tigers and with how Kirby Smart has recruited in the past few years, they aren't making it easy either. But at the end of the day, Louisiana kids have one in-state Power 5 to choose, they have an in-state program that every high school upperclassmen saw win a national title and a Heisman Trophy (in convincing fashion) and put out a slew of NFL draft picks and future stars. So LSU is right there with USC  — and maybe 1B is a better ranking.

3. TCU (opened Oct. 31) 

One of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country resides in the backyard of TCU. The DFW Metroplex alone makes TCU a desirable job and the Horned Frogs have shown that they can recruit and beat elite programs for players. Sure, the Big 12 may be completely different as we know it, with departures and arrivals, but TCU has natural advantages given its location and its commitment to football.

Under Gary Patterson, it wasn't unusual to see TCU with a number of Top247 signees. The Horned Frogs routinely finished in the top 3 in the Big 12 in recruiting: from 2016 until 2020, it finished third behind some combination of Texas and Oklahoma, before dipping to 6th in 2021. Even with Patterson's departure after so much longevity, there is a lot to like about this job, location being first foremost and ability to attract top tier players.

Given that TCU finished in the top 3 of the Big 12 for so many years and that the two teams ahead of them are both leaving the conference, its not unrealistic to think the Horned Frogs can sign the top class in the Big 12 in any given year.

4. WASHINGTON STATE (opened Oct. 18) 

The circumstances of why Nick Rolovich was terminated that could be used against Washington State in recruiting or it could be used to empower them. Who knows? What we do know is this: Washington State isn't anywhere near USC or LSU in its attractiveness nor is it down by Georgia Southern, even with nowhere near the talent in its own state. The Cougars certainly aren’t as desperate as UConn. So the Cougs find themselves right smack in the middle of these five schools.

It's a Power 5 school in a state that has produced some elite talent in the last few years, yet has only signed one in-state four-star in the last five classes and that was when Mike Leach was still the head coach. So despite having some talent in-state, given its proximity to Western Washington talent (note, it's not proximate), Washington State has hit Texas and Florida hard the last few years plus California — much harder than they've hit Washington.

Washington State his tough. It's not easy to get to, and the eastern part of Washington doesn't have the depth or talent that the western part does. But it is still a good Power 5 program that had pretty sustained success under Leach before he left for Mississippi State in January 2020. Of course, right now the Cougs have a PR battle on their hands, good or bad, when it comes to hiring their coach, but given its conference ties, it's no worse than third as it stands.

5. TEXAS TECH (opened Oct. 25) 

The firing of Matt Wells and the interim label being put on former Red Raiders quarterback Sonny Cumbie shouldn't mean that Texas Tech has their next head coach. The Kliff Kingsbury years still fresh in their memory, the Red Raiders might look to get outside of the Mike Leach/Former QB tree. Kingsbury's offenses weren't the issue. 

Texas Tech is not unlike Washington State. Its geographic location in the state doesn't make it the most accessible, though the talent pool in Texas is far larger than in Washington, so the talent should be much easier to bring in to Texas Tech for whoever is hired. The main reasons we're putting Washington State ahead of Texas Tech are two-fold: the lack of stability in the Big 12, even with some new additions. Will the conference still be seen as a "Power Conference" in the years to come? And then there's the program's instability — Leach left Washington State on his own and turned over a bowl team to Nick Rolovich, who had them playing decently well before he was let go for non-football related reasons, while Tech has now fired two coaches in a little less than three years. Wells was just 13-17 in slightly more than two seasons and recruiting in 2022 hasn't been good; the Red Raiders are 9th in the conference and 80th nationally.

6. GEORGIA SOUTHERN (opened Sept. 27)

You'd think given the talent in the state of Georgia that this would be a pretty good gig from a recruiting standpoint, and it's not bad, but it's not what, say, a G5 school in California or Texas might pull in. Still, there is enough talent in the state of Georgia that the Eagles should be able to finish in the top 2-3 in the Sun Belt recruiting rankings each year. Yet, that's only happened twice in the previous six classes: second in 2018 and first in 2016. In the last four classes, they've finished 6th (2019), 6th (2020), 4th (2021) and currently stand 7th in 2022.

Their 10-win season in 2018 was only good for a 6th place finish come signing day and when they would have seen the bump in their recruiting class, the 2020 class, it too was only 6th. So something clearly wasn't working (maybe its the quick trigger finger- before Chad Lunsford, Tyson Summers was also fired in the middle of the season). Or maybe it's the emergence of Coastal Carolina, the steady consistency of Appalachian State or the appeal of Louisiana at Billy Napier. Whatever it may be, Georgia Southern, in one of the "Big Four states," is a pretty attractive G5 job.

7. UCONN (opened Sept. 6)

Let's get down to it, in the nicest way possible — unless Jim Calhoun suddenly decides to pull a Ted Lasso and coach college football, which would require him coming out of retirement, UConn is never going to be super attractive for football recruiting. It's a basketball school in the same way that Kansas is, but without any Power 5 football affiliation (or any conference affiliation on the football field). Thankfully, there are some people old enough to remember that 11 years ago, the Huskies DID play in a BCS bowl, against Oklahoma (losing 48-20). That said, UConn does currently have the No. 77 class nationally, a year after the finished 115, which was preceded by a year where they finished 119. But will they stay in that same spot with no head coach? That remains to be seen, but buzz is hard to come by in Storrs.