We picked up the pace a bit on Wednesday, completing the fourth round, passing Go, collecting $200 and heading right into the fifth round (currently in progress). Here's how it went down:
-- The Cult Of Les Miles: Stanford (LSU, Michigan, North Carolina)
-- The House of a Thousand Sanctions: Tennessee (USC, Notre Dame, Oregon)
-- Conference TMZ: Michigan State (Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville)
-- Team Speed Kills: Texas A&M (Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska)
-- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Miami (Fla.) (Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech)
-- Us: Wisconsin (Texas, Georgia, U.C.L.A.)
As mentioned above, we actually jointly announced our fourth and fifth round selections, following up our Wisconsin pick with another UW (actually U-Dub), the University of Washington. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants followed that up with selecting Auburn with the 26th pick of the draft. Here's how the conferences currently look:
|2||Georgia||Penn State||Oklahoma||Florida State||Notre Dame||Michigan|
|3||U.C.L.A.||Virginia Tech||Nebraska||Louisville||Oregon||North Carolina|
|4||Wisconsin||Miami (Fla.)||Texas A&M||Michigan State||Tennessee||Stanford|
Round four was interesting as you can begin to figure out what each conference values. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Black Heart Gold Pants) continues to load up on eastern college football powerhouses, while Team Speed Kills is intent on getting the old Big XII gang back together with Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas A&M. TSK claims they are claiming as much of Texas as we are with an A&M-OU combo. Not so sure about that.
Conference TMZ (Big East Coast Bias) picks up another State U. -- Michigan State -- in round four, while House of a Thousand Sanctions (House of Sparky) adds Tennessee and ... a whole lot more possible NCAA sanctions. Finally, The Cult of Les Miles (Red Cup Rebellion) made a solid selection in Stanford.
As for our conference, we were pretty pleased that Wisconsin and Washington fell to us at the turn at rounds 4/5. Both programs fit our draft strategy nicely. The only other programs that we considered drafting in rounds 4/5 after the U.C.L.A. pick were
Louisville (j/k), North Carolina, A&M and Stanford.
Wisconsin adds a large public state school that has a rabid fan base and strong football, hoops, hockey and academics. Washington adds another choice conference destination, along with another 78 NCAA National Championships, including four claimed National titles in football.