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David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU coach Ed Orgeron does not expect to have filled his staff in time for the Tigers' Dec. 31 bowl game against Louisville, but he does anticipate junior running back Leonard Fournette playing in the game. "If an injury prevents him, it prevents him. But I think if he's well, he's ready to go, he's going to play." A lingering ankle injury prevented Fournette from playing in four games, including the regular-season finale against Texas A&M.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Bobby Petrino says he'd be in favor of an expanded playoff as long as it doesn't add more games for the student-athletes, which would mean doing away with conference championship games.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Much less Heisman politicking from Bobby Petrino than Dabo Swinney. Petrino says he'd like to see Lamar Jackson win the award based on the numbers. "He's got a great resume and his total body of work. Nobody can argue with the number of yards and touchdowns. I'm wishing him the best."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has talked with Georgia State about its coaching vacancy, according to a source. Lindsey, a candidate for the Southern Miss job last year, also likely would be in the mix at Troy if Neal Brown leaves for another job (Cincinnati possible).

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Bobby Petrino doesn't have an issue with being passed in the rankings by FSU. "You've got to play well at the end of the year and we know we didn't finish the way we wanted to. We'll just have to live with how we performed late in the season."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton didn't bite when asked if he expected to be in the Rose Bowl after finishing behind Colorado in the Pac-12 South standings. "It's another group's job to decide where you fall," he said, "and you hope you've done enough to put yourself in a good light and have the opportunity at a Rose Bowl.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State coach James Franklin said some players during the Selection Show showed some disappointment over not getting into the College Football Playoff, "but 99 percent of the guys in there were excited."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is perfectly fine with the College Football Playoff field at four teams. "We have the best sport out there because every game truly matters," Swinney said. "If we keep expanding, the season will get watered down and we become the NFL."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU was a playoff darkhorse in August. The Horned Frogs, at 6-6, are headed to the Liberty bowl to face Georgia after four straight home defeats. On Saturday, in a 30-6 home loss to Kansas State, TCU's streak of 41 straight games with a sack -- tied for the longest nationally and second longest in Big 12 history -- came to an end. Some soul-searching ahead for coach Gary Patterson's program.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimbo Fisher doubts Florida State star safety Derwin James will play against Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl, but he said he'll talk to James about playing soon.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

No doubt the most intriguing non-New Year's Six bowl involving an SEC team, to me, is the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: LSU vs. Louisville. Seeing QB Lamar Jackson go up against the LSU defense should be fun to watch.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama coach Nick Saban said that former UW coach Steve Sarkisian, who's currently an Alabama offensive analyst, will have the same role in planning for the Huskies that he would for any other game. Says that the only insight into Washington is knowledge of the players he might've recruited.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban said he doesn't see having former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian on staff as an analyst as an advantage, pointing out that it's been a while since he was there. Beyond having some knowledge of players from recruiting "He'll have the same role in this game he's had in every other game," Saban said.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington coach Chris Peterson says, "The time change will be the least of our problems against Alabama."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State's trip to the National Funding Holiday Bowl will be the Cougars' most prestigious bowl appearance since 2003, when they also went to San Diego. The Cougars beat then-No. 5 Texas 28-20 in that game, which was remembered, oddly, for the performance of punter Kyle Basler, who won defensive MVP honors.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor's lead-up to the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Dec. 27 against Boise State, looks set to rate as one of the strangest in postseason history. Interim coach Jim Grobe is on his way out. Some of the assistants figure to get new jobs this month. A coaching hire, presumably, will serve as the priority for program that needs desperately to recruit. As for the players, it's safe to wonder about their motivation level after six straight losses.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville was somehow passed over by FSU for the Capital One Orange Bowl but the Lamar Jackson-LSU front seven matchup in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl will be a ton of fun to watch. Jackson accounted for an ACC record 51 total touchdowns this season. LSU allowed just 16 touchdowns all season

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville ended up in Florida for its bowl game, though it's not preferred Miami. Rather, the Cards will take on LSU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Louisville used its bowl win over Texas A&M last year to propel its 2016 season. Will a second straight bowl win over an SEC team do the same for 2017?

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

The Outback Bowl loves Florida and Iowa (this will be the third time they've played each other). I guess what the bowl doesn't like is offense. Florida ranks 115th in total offense and 110th in scoring. Iowa ranks 77th in scoring and 120th in total offense. My goodness these defenses will feast

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU was a playoff darkhorse in August. The Horned Frogs, at 6-6, are headed to the Liberty bowl to face Georgia after four straight home defeats. On Saturday, in a 30-6 home loss to Kansas, TCU's streak of 41 straight games with a sack -- tied for the longest nationally and second longest in Big 12 history -- came to an end. Some soul-searching ahead for coach Gary Patterson's program.