"Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
This round took a bit longer, but we have finally completed seven rounds of the SB Nation Conference Re-Draft. Here's how the conferences are shaping up after seven rounds:
-- Twelve Pack (Us): Clemson (Texas, Georgia, U.C.L.A., Wisconsin, Washington, Duke)
-- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Illinois (Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Auburn, Kansas)
-- The Empire: UConn (Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Arizona, California)
-- Conference TMZ: Missouri (Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia, Maryland)
-- The House of a Thousand Sanctions: Pittsburgh (USC, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Syracuse, Kentucky)
-- The Cult Of Les Miles: Oklahoma State (LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Stanford, Arkansas, Iowa)
Or, in table format:
|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|
|6||36. Duke||35. Kansas||34. California||33. Maryland||32. Kentucky||31. Iowa|
|7||37. Clemson||38. Illinois||39. UConn||40. Missouri||41. Pittsburgh||42. Oklahoma State|
Comissioners and Conference names: BCI: Twelve Pack; BHGP: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; TSK: The Empire (working title); BECB: Conference TMZ; HoS: House of a Thousand Sanctions; RCR: The Cult Of Les Miles.
To me, there were some real head-scratchers in this round. I thought Black Heart Gold Pants (Illinois) and Big East Coast Bias (Missouri) made the best picks of the round -- after us, natch -- picking up two large state schools with good football/hoops balance. In fact, the Twelve Pack's seventh round pick came down to either Clemson or Missouri, with the Illini also getting strong consideration.
Team Speed Kills's The Empire (working title) got themselves a women's basketball school by selecting UConn, but I think Pittsburgh was the better choice there. Pitt has an equally strong hoops program with more upside (?) and a program with loads more football history. UConn also seems to fit much better into the House of a Thousand Sanctions conference. Just saying.
Red Cup Rebellion finished the round by selecting Oklahoma State and T. Boone Pickens' giant stacks of cash.
Here are the remaining programs left on the board:
- ACC (5) -- Boston College, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Virginia, Wake Forest
- Big 12 (4) -- Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas Tech
- Big East (4) -- Cincinnati, Rutgers, South Florida, TCU
- Big Ten (4) -- Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue
- Pac 12 (5) -- Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah, Washington State
- SEC (4) -- Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
- Notable Non-AQs -- Army, BYU, Boise State, East Carolina, Memphis, Navy
And now, the long wait until the snake draft comes back around to the Twelve Pack for rounds 8/9. Which programs do you like to fall to us in rounds 8/9? Which ones fit the conference the best? Your thoughts?