12 coaches under the most pressure to make the 12-team playoff in 2024

Which FBS coaches are under the most pressure heading into the 2024 season with expectations that they will lead their programs to the new 12-team College Football Playoffs?

Dec 2, 2023; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart.
Dec 2, 2023; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Ryan Day

Dec 29, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day.
Dec 29, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day. / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

Despite Ohio State winning the National Championship in 2014 and appearing in the CFPs seven total times, very few of them came under Ryan Day.

Since taking over the Buckeye’s program in 2018, OSU has only made it to the playoffs three times (2019, 2020, and 2022). The team has also lost to Michigan again and again and again.

Falling short of winning the Big Ten title as well as losing to their ultimate rival on repeated occasions has not looked good on Day’s resume thus far.

Only scoring 3 points and losing to Missouri in the Cotton Bowl to end the 2023 season also didn’t sit well with Buckeye fans.

He has had the star players and the Heisman candidates so a lack of skill can’t be the issue here. He now brought on long-time NFL coach Bill O’Brien to be his offensive coordinator, possibly waving the white flag that play calling isn’t Day’s forte.

With 12 spots available, if Day can’t take his team back to the playoffs – and probably a few rounds deep – he may need to look at job postings sooner than expected.

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