The 7th round is a wrap and while our stranglehold on this venture has loosened its grip slightly, we expect other teams to start tapping out by selecting the best Mormon school available, relying on a higher power to deliver the final vote on their conference might.
The 12 Pack continues to cling to its virtues: TVs, Cash, Books, and Bitches.
-- The 12 Pack: CLEMSON
-- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: ILLINOIS
-- Team Speed Kills: UCONN
-- Conference TMZ: MIZZOU
-- The House of a Thousand Sanctions: PITT
-- The Cult Of Les Miles: OKLAHOMA STATE
USA TODAY rendering of the 12 Pack's geographic dominance:
Here's the updated Big Board:
|1||1. Texas||2. Florida||3. Bama||4. TOSU||5. USC||6. LSU|
|2||12. UGA||11. PSU||10. OU||9. FSU||8. ND||7. Mich|
|3||13. U.C.L.A.||14. VT||15. Huskers||16. Cards||17. Ducks||18. UNC|
|4||24. Wiscy||23. Miami||22. A&M||21. Sparty||20. Vols||19. Stanford|
|5||25. U Dub||26. Auburn||27. Zona||28. WVU||29. Cuse||30. Arky|
|6||36. Duke||35. Kansas||34. Cal||33. Terps||32. UK||31. Iowa|
|7||37. Clemson||38. Illini||39. UConn||40. Mizzou||41. Pitt||42. Okie St|
The 12 Pack picks up another big stadium in a power conference featuring the only coach in any sport named Dabo. The primary consideration for picking Clemson was the border rivalry with Georgia that Tony Barnhart has deemed "more intense than war". Mr. College Football isn't one for hyperbole. The Tigers also have a nice long distance relationship with Boston College via skype with guaranteed 4th quarter drama whenever they meet in person.
Looking at other schools picked in this round, the only one under any serious consideration was Mizzou, which didn't offer a viable rivalry with fellow 12 Pack schools and lacked sex appeal to those that dwell outside the Big 12. Or Columbia. This is where each pick will start to underwhelm so be sure to take the conference as a whole when assessing future selections.
At least Clemson satisfies the hot tang quotient. When other criteria fall short, appeal to the senses.
Oh how I long for the strong, secure arms of the 12 Pack...
Round 8 is underway. Who you got?