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Bowl projections heading into Week 5

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Bowl projections heading into Week 5

Did Wisconsin's upset of Michigan State affect how our experts see the bowl matchups shaping up?

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Ed Orgeron living in the moment at LSU

With Les Miles out, LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron brings a lifetime love and knowledge of Louisiana to the job -- even if it may be temporary.

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Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas A&M leads the SEC in rushing through four weeks, averaging 269.3 yards per game and 7.04 yards per carry. Since joining the SEC, the Aggies are 28-1 in games they rush for 180 yards or more and they're 12-15 in games they rush for fewer than 180.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino was asked about the LSU opening with Les Miles out during his weekly press conference Monday and reiterated his commitment to the Cards. "I'm not interested in going anywhere," Petrino said. "I'm very fortunate to be the head coach at the University of Louisville, very happy about that, very glad I have the support of our athletic director Tom Jurich. We feel like we've got everything going in the right direction. This is the job I want. This is where I'm going to be."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

LSU quarterback Danny Etling said his face "has seen better days" after he lost his helmet and was then walloped by linebacker Tre Williams in Saturday night's 18-13 loss at Auburn. Etling's nose was bloodied and he had to have a cut above his left eye glued shut before returning to the game. Williams was ejected from the game after a replay review. "You should have seen my fourth-grade picture'" Etling said. "I was a nerd."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

One of my favorite moments with Les Miles was this summer when we talked about racial issues consuming our country. I asked him what concern he had about how society saw his players once they left his locker room. He paused, looked me right in the eye, sighed and said "That's a great question." He looked down and I could feel how emotional that question made him because he hadn't really thought about it before and I could hear worry in his voice. "Good men look good men the same way and it's irrespective of who they are, it's irrespective of race, creed, color, religious preference. It's just good people recognize differences in our society, the pluralistic advantageous of our society and they give to that." He showed me how much empathy he had for his players and complete strangers. He truly hurt for them and with them. Earlier in the day he had this to say: "I feel like our society's the same and you need everybody. If you look to see change and if you watch the representation of our country on live TV, you realize that change is necessary. You need to be respectful of their life and their opinion and who they are. You need compassion for people."

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was offered a scholarship by LSU, reacted to the news of Les Miles getting fired. "I was kind of upset because he's been there since I really followed LSU and since I've been been following college football. He's a great coach, and he's going to find somewhere else to go."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he's not had contact with LSU, which fired Les Miles yesterday. "I'm not talking about LSU," said Fisher, who was rumored as a target last season when Miles' status was in limbo. He said he thinks midseason firings put the integrity of the game in jeopardy, and that it's a product of too much focus on the playoff. "Are you saying the season is over if you can't get into the playoff?"

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama DB Tony Brown and DL Johnny Dwight will return from suspension this week against Kentucky. "They've done all the things that they needed to do," Nick Saban said. "We're very happy to have them back." Brown, a former five-star recruit, had 16 tackles, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble last year.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

The ACC has four teams ranked in the Top 14, including two in the Top 5 -- helping boost the league's overall strength. At the end of last season, the league ranked No. 5 in the ESPN Stats & Information conference power rankings. Today, the league is No. 3 through four weeks, with only four points separating the Top 3.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Orgeron said he'll have someone in press box whose duties will solely focus on clock management and late-game scenarios. The Tigers lost 18-13 at Auburn on Saturday after their winning touchdown was disallowed because they snapped the ball after time expired. "We're going to work hard on it at practice. Hopefully, we can do a better job."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

LSU athletics director Joe Alleva declined to answer a reporter's question about paying Les Miles a buyout of more than $10 million at a time when the university's budget is being drastically reduced by the state legislature. An LSU spokesman said Monday was "Orgeron's news conference."

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Orgeron promises to "flip the script" at LSU, making a series of small changes from the Les Miles era that he hopes will make a difference. Tweaking the offense is probably the biggest change. Another: "Less time on the practice field, more time in the meeting room," Orgeron said.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Orgeron said he's learned a lot since he went 10-25 as Ole Miss' head coach from 2005-07. "I was full speed ahead," Orgeron said. "I was coaching the defensive line. I was coaching the receivers and quarterbacks, and I don't know anything about it. I wanted to do it my way." Orgeron said he will delegate a lot more responsibilities as LSU's interim coach. "There are some things I know how to do and some things I don't know how to do."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Bobby Petrino was asked about his name coming up as a possible candidate at LSU and said, "I'm not interested in going anywhere. ... We feel like we have everything going in the right direction."

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron promises to run a more creative offense with Steve Ensminger replacing Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator. "We're going to spread the ball out a little bit," Orgeron said, adding that he plans to have "short, easy throws for the quarterback and move the ball downfield."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Orgeron said he'll make changes to LSU's offense, which ranks 119th in passing among 128 FBS teams. Orgeron said the Tigers will still run the ball a lot, but will use quick, short passes to move the ball down the field. "I want to see our players win again," he said. "I want to see them happy."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Orgeron said linebackers Bradley Dale Peveto will move from defense to solely special teams. "We're starting a new season--one game at a time," Orgeron said. "Whatever happened in the past doesn't matter. We're going to have fun again."

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's praise for Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was effusive. "He's got to be the best player in college football right now," Chryst said. Chryst noted Peppers' ability to impact the game in three phases and said he is a natural at all three.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

"Coach O" takes the podium as LSU's interim coach. "What's up fellas?" Orgeron said. "It's a great day at LSU." Orgeron said tweaks will be made to the staff. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is associate head coach; Steve Ensminger is OC and QBs coach and Pete Jenkins is returning as DL coach. "We spent all morning trying to figure out how to turn this thing around," Orgeron said.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

LSU athletics director Joe Alleva introduced Ed Orgeron as the Tigers' interim coach on Monday, one day after longtime coach Les Miles was fired after a 2-2 start. Orgeron, 55, was USC's interim coach in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired. The Trojans went 6-2 under his watch with quarterback Cody Kessler running the offense. It figures to be more difficult at LSU, which has five games left against ranked does, including a Nov. 5 home game against No. 1 Alabama.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

A day after LSU fires Les Miles, Nick Saban calls Miles one of his more respected colleagues. "I kind of hate it that a man wins a national championships, wins two SEC titles and doesn't make it through the season. It is what it is, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for Les Miles and what he was able to accomplish there."

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon landed a commitment from the nation's No. 217 overall prospect, athlete Jaylon Redd. Redd has the ability to play cornerback or receiver in college and gives the Ducks another speedy athlete on that roster. He is the fourth ESPN 300 prospect to commit to Oregon in this class, joining cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, tight end Tre' McKitty and defensive end Langi Tuifua. It's also another recruiting victory in Southern California, as the Ducks now have five commitments from that area.