What happens if Penn State Football misses the 12-team playoff in 2024?

The College Football Playoff has been around since 2014 and is expanding to 12 teams in 2024, so what if Penn State still doesn't make the playoffs?

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Ole Miss v Penn State
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Ole Miss v Penn State / Todd Kirkland/GettyImages
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The College Football Playoff has been around since 2014 and is expanding to 12 teams in 2024, so what if Penn State still doesn't make the playoffs?

2023 was said to be the year that Penn State finally got over the hump and best Ohio State and/or Michigan to win the Big Ten and go to their first CFP, but the fans were let down again.

Penn State ended the 2023 season 10-3 with a loss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to #11 Ole Miss.

The off-season has already brought some Penn State fans hope for the 2024 season.

Penn State has recently added former five-stars, wide receiver Julian Fleming and offensive lineman Nolan Rucci, who were also both former number one player's in Pennsylvania.

Penn State isn't finished as they have their eyes locked on A.J Harris, a cornerback from the Georgia Bulldogs.

Not only has Penn State gotten some talent in the transfer portal and their recruiting class, they have also brought on a new offensive and defensive coordinator.

Okay, so Penn State fans will be hyped again for the football season and for good reason as the CFP is now 12 teams instead of 4.

This means that Penn State can go 10-2 and most likely make the CFP, but what if they don't?

What if Penn State goes 10-2 or 9-3 and miss the CFP?

Penn State 2024 schedule is:

Aug. 28 West Virginia (A)

Sept. 7 Bowling Green (H)

Sept. 21 Kent State (H)

Sept. 28 Illinois (H)

Oct. 5 UCLA (H)

Oct. 12 USC (A)

Oct. 26 Wisconsin (A)

Nov. 2 Ohio State (H)

Nov. 9 Washington (H)

Nov. 16 Purdue (A)

Nov. 23 Minnesota (A)

Nov. 30 Maryland (H)

Although Penn State handled West Virginia in Happy Valley in 2023, Penn State will most likely be headed into Morgantown, West Virginia to face a ranked West Virginia team.

Penn State will have to be on its A game all season long because one slip up could lead to them missing the CFP.

If Penn State misses the 12-team CFP James Franklin should be fired.

James Franklin continues to take Penn State to a New Year's Six Bowl and 10 win seasons, but has struggled against Michigan, Ohio State, and top-10 teams.

Penn State fans have gotten restless, especially with the recruits/talent Franklin brings to State College.

Penn State will look to start fresh, firing Franklin after missing the 12 team playoff is a great start.

Penn State seems to be a coach away and with the two new coordinators 2024 seems to be the new "this is our year" for Penn State fans.

So what happens after you fire James Franklin? Penn State would begin to look for a new leader.

Penn State is an attractive job; NIL opportunities for recruits, large alumni = large donations, 107,000 fans every home game, the White Out, history of winning, etc.

Who wouldn't want to coach at Penn State?