When it comes to situations that seem like they merit a coaching change, the two factors that consistently seem to hold back overhaul are complacency and uncertainty. Complacency is a word that coaches and ADs try to avoid and hate to say because they never want to give off the appearance that anything less than a title is unacceptable. But come on, you can't tell me that Northwestern isn't complacent with Pat Fitzgerald averaging 7 wins a year and a bowl game. But when it comes to powerhouses, the level of tolerance is much lower. For them, the biggest fear is uncertainty.
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You can see it with two of college football's best from just this season. Both LSU and Oklahoma suffered week one losses to teams that they were heavily favored over, in a fashion that made all of their fans say "Christ, not this again". Oklahoma lost to Houston in another classic flop by Big Game Bob while LSU boasted another terrible quarterback performance and failed to topple Wisconsin at Lambeu Field. For both of these teams, these both have to feel all too familiar. Over the past decade or so, Oklahoma has consistently lost games that they just have no business losing. They always seems to have so much talent and usually have more than their opponent, but there are always those one or two games every single year where they lay an egg and are out of title contention (*Note: this article was written before the Sooners were sandblasted at home by Ohio State. They are now out of title contention just 3 games into the season). For LSU, it was a familiar sight as their passing attack let down the offense and forced them to become too one dimensional. After an offseason of hyping up Brandon Harris as having taken that next step, Harris was dismal and couldn't take advantage of two highly touted players in Malachi Dupree and Travin Dural. It is absolutely staggering that LSU can't seem to develop quarterback prospects with seemingly so many of them in their recruiting grounds. Both of these early season losses have largely derailed both seasons with some much tougher games ahead.
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