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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11. Lane Kiffin

Dec 30, 2023; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin.
Dec 30, 2023; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin. / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

In a similar boat to Drinkwitz, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin needs to prove that his success in 2023 wasn’t just a fluke.

Also finishing 11-2, the Rebels only lost to Alabama and Georgia during the regular season.

The team’s biggest wins came against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl as well as Tulane, LSU, Auburn, and Arkansas during regular season play.

Next season will also be Kiffin’s fifth year leading the program and he has continuously fallen just short of success until this past year.

If he isn’t able to push his team into a top-12 spot by the end of the regular season, Kiffin better hope that his resume looks appealing to other programs across the country.