Coach O can start to feel more at home in the LSU head coaching office.
That’s according to a forecast by ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach, who made 15 predictions for the rest of the season in his column posted on Wednesday morning.
Schlabach predicted Ed Orgeron will become the full-time coach in Baton Rogue after the school kicks the tires on Houston’s Tom Hermann and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher.
Schlabach goes on:
If the Tigers can keep defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and bring in a high-profile offensive coordinator, Orgeron might be in line to get the job. He’s a Louisiana native and a relentless recruiter who is well liked by high school coaches in the state. Plus, he’d probably come cheap compared to more established coaches, and finances have to be a concern for a cash-strapped university, especially after Miles was paid a buyout of at least $10 million.
Orgeron took over on an interim basis for the Tigers after the school fired Les Miles last month.
Among Schlabach’s other predictions is a less surprising one involving Alabama: The Tide will continue to roll.
Schlabach said there’s no stopping Alabama this season, as Nick Saban’s crew will top Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 9.
This is his fastest and most athletic defense — how else to explain 11 non-offensive touchdowns in seven games — and freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has transformed the way Alabama plays offensively. The scariest part: I think Alabama is just now starting to heat up.
But all the success means the Bama coaching tree will be picked, leading Lane Kiffin to another shot at a head coaching gig, although probably not one as prestigious as his former jobs at Tennessee and USC, Schlabach says.
He has done an admirable job rehabilitating his image, and he might have to be willing to take a springboard job to a bigger program to prove how much he has matured.