One of the surprise stories in college football this season has been Baylor.

After finishing 2-7 a year ago in Dave Aranda’s first season, the Bears are 6-1 this season and ranked No. 16 in the AP top-25.

The improvement that Baylor has shown along with Aranda’s pedigree as an assistant at previous stops has college football analysts mentioning his name in connection with openings at LSU and USC.

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On Monday, Aranda was asked during his weekly press conference about the 2 high-profile openings and he provided an answer that a politician would be proud of.

“I love it here,” said Aranda. “My family loves it here. Baylor has been everything that I thought it would be. Coming here has been an opportunity to grow.”

That Aranda would be considered a candidate for either the Trojans or the Tigers should come as no surprise.

The 45-year-old is a California native with strong West Coast ties, but he was also an LSU assistant from 2016-19 where he was an associate head coach and defensive coordinator.

Baylor will look to continue its surprise season with a home game against Texas on Saturday.

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