A report from CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd started circulating Thursday afternoon that Franklin would be the top target for the Aggies for their head coaching position in 2018.
Franklin now leads the No. 3 Nittany Lions as they make a run at a second consecutive Big Ten championship and potential berth in the College Football Playoff.
Sumlin, whose 4-2 Aggies have finished with a record of 8-5 in each of the last three seasons was placed firmly on the hotseat this summer when Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward called out his football coach on "The Paul Finebaum Show". On the hot seat only a little over a year ago, Franklin is now the toast of college football. That "win now" mentality was compounded after the Aggies lost to UCLA after leading 44-10 to open the year.
But because of the way Texas A&M has played in recent weeks, the Aggies might not be getting rid of Sumlin this winter.
There are certain to be other schools that will be going after Franklin after the season.
Moreover, despite a rough start to the season, Texas A&M sits at third in the SEC West through six games after an admirable eight-point loss against Alabama.
In August, Franklin signed a new three-year contract extension worth almost $20 million and runs through the 2022 season.
If they can navigate that SEC slate with just one loss, they'd be 9-3 heading into bowl season.
A Penn State spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment.