Jimbo Fisher has gone from sparring with Nick Saban over NIL deals to fighting for his job in just six short months.
The Aggies opened the season ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 and viewed as a potential title contender. However, Texas A&M has stumbled to a 3-5 record that leaves have stumbled to a 3-5 record that leaves the program battling just to become bowl-eligible.
After opening their SEC schedule with a come-from-behind win at Arkansas, the Aggies have suffered four consecutive defeats. After the latest — a 31-28 setback at bitter rival Ole Miss — Fisher has been installed as the +200 favorite by SportsBetting.ag to be the next FBS coach fired this season.
Texas A&M suffered its first loss of the season at home in shocking fashion to Appalachian State. The Aggies appeared to put the wheels back on the wagon with wins over Miami and Arkansas before the four-game skid, with the past three losses coming by a combined 13 points.
Complicating matters is the massive 10-year contract extension Fisher signed last year. If Texas A&M were to fire Fisher after the 2022 season, the school would be on the hook for nearly $86 million.
His fate in College Station could be determined by the Aggies’ final three SEC games — at home versus Florida this Saturday followed by a road game against Auburn, which just fired its coach, Bryan Harsin, and the regular-season finale against LSU on Nov. 26.
The next-shortest odds to be the next coach fired belong to South Florida’s Jeff Scott at +350 and Stanford’s David Shaw at +500.
Next Coach Fired Odds
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M (+200)
Jeff Scott, South Florida (+350)
David Shaw, Stanford (+500)
Steve Sarkisian, Texas (+700)
Justin Wilcox, Cal (+750)
Jedd Fisch, Arizona (+800)
Jeff Haley, Boston College (+900)
Neal Brown, West Virginia (+900)
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (+1200)
Ken Niumatalolo, Navy (+1600)
Mel Tucker, Michigan State (+2500)
Mario Cristobal, Miami (+3300)
Brent Venables, Oklahoma (+5000)
Harsin became the sixth Power 5 coach fired this season on Monday. He followed Scott Frost (Nebraska), Herm Edwards (Arizona State), Geoff Collins (Georgia Tech), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin) and Karl Dorrell (Colorado).
–Field Level Media