No. 13 LSU

When it comes to SEC football, I have a soft spot for LSU. Alabama is either good or miserable. Florida was OK with Spurrier, but has become kind of boring. Tennessee wasn’t all that interesting even when Phillip Fulmer had it going. Georgia hardly ever smiles. Auburn could give you whiplash.

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You could go down the line; they’re so dadgum serious in the land of hurricanes and sweet tea.

Not LSU. Win or lose, the Tigers always seem to be entertaining. Les ``the Mad Hatter’’ Miles is gone. But Ed Orgeron, who replaced him in late September, is a Bayou native who will test the axiom that ``You can’t go home.’’

He already has the first three words down. He told the media, ``You can’t go to practice.’'[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

By the way, Wikipedia lists Orgeron’s coaching tree as having two branches: USC coach Clay Helton and disgraced Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.

I love Wikipedia.

Future Oregeron coaching-tree candidates include LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who has been brought in from Pitt to give the Bayou Tigers’ attack an air of clever unpredictability, as opposed to what Miles’ offense ran. With Leonard Fournette gone, Derrius Guice now becomes the No. 1 ballcarrier, a role he handled well when Fournette was limited by an ankle injury. Senior QB Danny Etling returns to try and give LSU offensive balance.

Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, a Miles holdover, will pull down $1.8 million, making him college football’s highest-paid assistant, for training Bayou Tigers to pull down opponents. Aranda, you may recall, was hired away from Wisconsin by Miles for the 2016 season. He received a guarantted deal worth $1.3 million a year, about three times what the Badgers were paying.

And we think the money in the Big Ten is over the top.

What you may not know is that Aranda and Houston coach Tom Herman were roommates at Cal Lutheran, an NAIA powerhouse.

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