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Vegas is rolling with the Tide

The latest Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook odds to win this season's College Football Playoff national championship favor Alabama once again, giving the Crimson Tide a 5 to 2 chance to take their fifth national title since 2009.

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Dave Aranda on LSU's upcoming season

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda joins Matt Moscona on After Further Review to talk about the Tigers' upcoming season and what to expect from this year's defense.

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Schools with tiger mascots form consortium

Auburn, Clemson, LSU and Missouri are part of the newly formed U.S. Tiger University Consortium -- named for the mascots they share -- whose primary focus will be research and awareness.

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Teams who could crash the CFP party: LSU

Ed Orgeron is in his first full year for the Tigers, and he has the talent in Baton Rogue to make a run at the SEC and CFB playoff.

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LSU to finish with tough slate

Ed Orgeron's first full season at the helm features an imbalanced schedule. LSU opens the season with just one SEC matchup in its first five games -- against a Mississippi State team that went 6-7 a year ago -- before closing with six tough conference opponents.

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Orgeron brings energy to LSU (1:40)
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Orgeron: Expectations for LSU, Derrius Guice

LSU coach Ed Orgeron gives his takes on having the interim tag removed with the Tigers, Derrius Guice's potential, the strength of the SEC and more.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Orgeron's recruiting philosophy for LSU is rather simple. Pluck away a few out-of-state blue-chippers. And keep the best players in Louisiana from leaving. "We keep the good players, we can win a championship. That's the formula." Easier said than done. The competition for Louisiana players has heightened, especially via a bitter rival. In each of the last seven years, Alabama has landed at least one top five Louisiana recruit, including eventual All-Americans Landon Collins and Cam Robinson. "It's tough when you let your best player out of state and he goes and plays for Alabama and they come beat you. So we have to reverse that. In order to do that, we either have to get the best players first or beat Alabama. I don't know which is going to come first. I hope they both come first."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Orgeron's earliest memory of watching LSU came in 1971 when he was 10 years old. The Tigers were playing Notre Dame. "Ronnie Estay, who's from Larose, Louisiana (also Orgeron's hometown) had three stops on the goal line. He had about 17 tackles and was just going nuts. We were watching it on TV and you could feel the electricity in the air." LSU defeated the Irish 28-8, and Orgeron was hooked on the Tigers. "It was kinda like, wow, to be part of something like that...."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Orgeron said he "loved" being at USC and was hoping to flip his interim status into the head job. "It was a great fit, I thought, but there was something missing." Now that he's the head man at LSU, the Larose, Louisiana, native seems to have found just what was missing. "When I came home, to get into the stadium and feel like you're connected to 102,000 people, I never felt that anywhere else. I feel connected to everybody. I speak their language. I think it's what Louisiana needed. LSU means so much to the Louisiana people. They want to be connected, they want to be represented. I think that's what I've brought."

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The Orgeron effect

Under former head coach Les Miles, LSU's offense was ineffective and lacked explosive playmaking. However, once Ed Orgeron took over for Miles midway through last season, the Tigers' offense exploded.

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Orgeron confident in LSU's changes (1:14)
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Key named to Butkus Award watch list

LB Arden Key was named to the Butkus Award watch list Monday. The award is given to the nation's top linebacker. Last year as a sophomore, Key broke LSU's single-season record for sacks with 12 in only 11 games.

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Best DB groups in college football: LSU

The Tigers lose two first-round draft picks but have eight defensive backs that Phil Steele rates 16th or higher coming out of high school.

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Key, Toliver headline Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list

LSU LB Arden Key and DB Kevin Toliver were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list on Thursday. The award goes to the nation's top defensive standout. Last season, Key recorded 55 total tackles, including 12.5 for a loss and 11 sacks. Toliver finished with 20 total tackles.

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Funniest moments from SEC Media Days (3:24)
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Best of Media Days: SEC players (2:17)
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Best of Media Days: SEC coaches (2:27)
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Clapp makes Outland Trophy watch list

LSU C Will Clapp was named to the Outland Trophy watch list on Thursday. The award is given to the nation's top interior lineman. Clapp started 11 games at left guard last season and now is entrenched as the team's starting center.

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Who has most to prove on LSU?

Head coach Ed Orgeron wants a dynamic offense, but the only way that will happen is if QB Danny Etling takes a big step forward this year.

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Running backs are a 'healthy' position in SEC (2:14)
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McElwain on UF's 'big ball games and great rivalries' (2:35)
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Harris previews Gators' biggest games this season (2:04)
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McElwain jokes about LSU vs. Florida homecoming game (1:02)

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