-- Twelve Pack (Us): Washington (Texas, Georgia, U.C.L.A., Wisconsin)
-- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Auburn (Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.))
-- Team Speed Kills: Arizona (Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M)
-- Conference TMZ: West Virginia (Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State)
-- The House of a Thousand Sanctions: Syracuse (USC, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee)
-- The Cult Of Les Miles: Arkansas (LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Stanford)
Here's how the conferences currently look:
|1||1. Texas||2. Florida||3. Alabama||4. Ohio State||5. USC||6. LSU|
|2||12. Georgia||11. Penn State||10. Oklahoma||9. Florida State||8. Notre Dame||7. Michigan|
|3||13. U.C.L.A.||14. Virginia Tech||15. Nebraska||16. Louisville||17. Oregon||18. North Carolina|
|4||24. Wisconsin||23. Miami (Fla.)||22. Texas A&M||21. Michigan State||20. Tennessee||19. Stanford|
|5||25. Washington||26. Auburn||27. Arizona||28. West Virginia||29. Syracuse||30. Arkansas|
We definitely turned some heads with our selection of Washington in round 5. Coincidentally, but very timely, ESPN's Ivan Maisel takes note of how Washington has been able to thrive in an NFL market:
"The insular nature of the Pacific Northwest has proved to be one of the Huskies' greatest assets. According to Washington senior associate athletic director O.D. Vincent, nearly 70 percent of the university's 300,000 alumni live within a 100-mile radius of the campus.
"You know what the guy who has my job at Northwestern told me?" asked Vincent, who is in charge of marketing. "I met him at the [Big City Marketing] Summit. He told me of the 12 Big Ten schools, Northwestern has the 10th-largest alumni base in Chicago. In their own town, they are 10th in their conference. That's amazing. It is unique here."
Would Washington still have been available with picks 36 and 37? Perhaps. But none of the other schools that were selected after U-Dub really fit our conference profile, so we feel pretty comfortable with our selection. Maybe Syracuse, but you're not going to get a BC grad to scoop up the Orange in the fifth round. Let's be serious.
Who are the early winners and losers in this conference re-draft? Which programs you like to come off the board in round six? And which schools are you targeting to add to the Twelve Pack?