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« on: October 14, 2017, 10:38:09 am »
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Obviously most people just have one (maybe two?) favorite team(s), but what team from each BCS conference do you like the most in college football?  It's a very slow day at the bank...

ACC
Boston College
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami (FL)
North Carolina
NC State
Pitt
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

Big Ten
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Wisconsin

Big XII
Baylor
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
TCU
Texas
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Pac-12
Arizona
Arizona State
Cal
Colorado
Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
UCLA
USC
Utah
Washington
Washington State

SEC
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
LSU
Missouri
Mississippi State
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Texas Tech

My picks:

ACC: Clemson (always liked the sound of the campus and its association with "Upstate")
Big Ten: Illinois, obviously
Big XII: Kansas (LOVED their campus)
Pac-12: Colorado (as an Illinois fan, I can empathize with CU fans feeling like a bunch of transplants who cheer for other NCAA teams dilute their market share in Denver and the surrounding area)
SEC: Tennessee (always liked how they somewhat quietly have one of the best traditions in college football)
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2017, 10:59:08 am »
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ACC-Duke (everybody I played ball with when I was a teen liked UNLV, then Duke upset them.  I became a fan.)
Big10-Illinois (homer)
BigXII-Iowa State...via process of elimination
Pac 12-don't care enough to even do a process of elimination
SEC-Georgia, don't really care, but I worked on the stadium in 1994
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2017, 11:51:09 am »
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ACC: Heels!
Big 10: O-H!
Big 12: WVU
Pac 12: Stanford
SEC: GOOD OL ROCKY TOP
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2017, 11:59:31 am »
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ACC - Hoos, although I have a soft spot for NC State; I remember when I got accepted by them, but I said NO! Still I hope they win the Atlantic division.
Big Ten - Minnesota; my cousin went there, and I really like their tunnels and skyways
Big 12 - Kansas; too bad they choke in basketball every year now
Pac-12 - I've always liked Washington, seems like a great school
SEC - Dawgs; Athens, GA is a fantastic college town. Hope they somehow win the SEC championship.
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2017, 12:30:23 pm »
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ACC:  Florida State
Big 10:  Northwestern
Big 12:  Oklahoma
Pac 12:  USC
SEC:  Ole Miss
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2017, 01:03:23 pm »
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The only school I would ever give the "favorite" tag to is Mississippi State, but these schools aren't objectionable to me:

ACC - nobody really, maybe Georgia Tech a little bit, even though they've beaten us 3 times in the last decade
Big 10 - Maryland and even (gasp) Ohio State kinda
Big 12 - Kansas State, TCU
Pac 12 - Washington State, Oregon State
Other - Boise State, Houston, service academies.

If any school starts running the A-11 I'll bump them up to the tops of these lists.
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2017, 05:05:26 pm »
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ACC: don't have a favorite. Strongly Anti-Duke (moreso for basketball)
Big Ten: Illinois, for obvious reasons.
Big XII: As a Mizzou fan, whoever plays kU. I still wish the MU-kU Border War was still intact.
Pac-12: don't have a favorite.
SEC: Mizzou. Prior to Mizzou's move to the SEC, Kentucky (especially for basketball).
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2017, 05:12:16 pm »
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Wake Forest
Michigan State and Wisconsin
Kansas
Probably Washington State right now but all of them except UCLA
Alabama football, Mississippi State every other sport
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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2017, 06:08:08 pm »
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Virginia Tech
Iowa
TCU
Oregon State
Ole Miss

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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2017, 06:15:57 pm »
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ACC: Boston College
Big 10: Ohio State followed by Michigan State
Big 12: ?
Pac-12: Washington (my alma mater)
SEC: Auburn followed by Florida
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« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2017, 08:37:15 pm »
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ACC: Miami
SEC: Georgia or Vandy. LSU is pretty cool too.
B1G: Michigan and Indiana
PAC: Wazzu, Washington, Colorado and Utah. Arizona's cool too.
Big 12: TCU, whoever is playing against Baylor

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AAC: USF
MAC: WMU
Fun Belt: ULL
MWC: SDSU
CUSA: WKU
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2017, 08:34:03 pm »
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ACC: Clemson
Big 10: Penn State
Big XII: Texas
Pac 12: Oregon
SEC: Georgia
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« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2017, 08:41:31 pm »
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Obviously most people just have one (maybe two?) favorite team(s), but what team from each BCS conference do you like the most in college football?  It's a very slow day at the bank...

ACC
Boston College
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami (FL)
North Carolina
NC State
Pitt
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

Big Ten
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Wisconsin

Big XII
Baylor
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
TCU
Texas
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Pac-12
Arizona
Arizona State
Cal
Colorado
Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
UCLA
USC
Utah
Washington
Washington State

SEC
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
LSU
Missouri
Mississippi State
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Texas Tech

My picks:

ACC: Clemson (always liked the sound of the campus and its association with "Upstate")
Big Ten: Illinois, obviously
Big XII: Kansas (LOVED their campus)
Pac-12: Colorado (as an Illinois fan, I can empathize with CU fans feeling like a bunch of transplants who cheer for other NCAA teams dilute their market share in Denver and the surrounding area)
SEC: Tennessee (always liked how they somewhat quietly have one of the best traditions in college football)

It's called the Power Five now.
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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2017, 09:08:37 pm »
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ACC: F L O R I D A  S T A T E

SEC: Florida, except when playing Florida State. Also Auburn, since all of their fans I've met have been classy people and Gus Malzahn is a fun coach.

B1G: Sparty! This year, though, it'd have to be Penn State for being a very good team that plays very fun football.

Big 12: A tough one. Probably West Virginia, though I also like it when TCU does well.

PAC 12: You don't have a heart if you don't like Wazzu.

If I had to pick a team from outside the P5, it'd be USF for family ties and for being interesting the last few years.

And, of course, whoever Alabama is currently playing.
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Aside from my main two teams, my favorite team in each conference will change pretty often, since this is a sport where every roster basically turns over every 4 years.

B1G: Illinois is my alma mater, so it will always be #1. But they are so bad, that I still follow my childhood favorite team, Michigan, just as much, if not more. But these teams I watch each weekend.

ACC: I guess I like BC as a school the most, but its hard to ever get excited about their terrible athletics. I enjoy seeing Syracuse do well, and I can appreciate Duke, since I hate UNC so much.

Big 12: I like Texas, loved visiting Austin. But I also enjoy watching TCU succeed. Any school isn't too bad though, except Baylor.

PAC 12: This conference is just so meh. I guess Colorado maybe. I don't hate these schools, but I just have no reason to like them either.

SEC: I guess Vandy. Some schools are ok like Georgia, but I usually start to dislike them after a while. Vandy is by far the least off putting choice.
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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2017, 04:40:56 am »
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ACC: Georgia Tech
Big Ten: Michigan
Big XII: TCU
Pac 12: Utah
SEC: LSU
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PAC 12: This conference is just so meh. I guess Colorado maybe. I don't hate these schools, but I just have no reason to like them either.


You're seriously missing out. The PAC12 has such a rich history of CFB and the current dynamics of the conference are fascinating, with USC still recovering from sanctions and multiple self-imposed hiring miscues; Washington is finally returning to national prominence after two decades in the wilderness; Wazzu with certifiable crazyman Mike Leach, the rising and unpredictable Arizona schools, Oregon's fight to stay relevant in a recruiting wasteland, Cal and UCLA perpetually underperforming, plus newcomers Utah and Colorado, one of which is a 90s powerhouse with an excellent coach, while the other is a perpetual overperforming minor conference team.

Oh and Oregon State exists too, I suppose.
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PAC 12: This conference is just so meh. I guess Colorado maybe. I don't hate these schools, but I just have no reason to like them either.


You're seriously missing out. The PAC12 has such a rich history of CFB and the current dynamics of the conference are fascinating, with USC still recovering from sanctions and multiple self-imposed hiring miscues; Washington is finally returning to national prominence after two decades in the wilderness; Wazzu with certifiable crazyman Mike Leach, the rising and unpredictable Arizona schools, Oregon's fight to stay relevant in a recruiting wasteland, Cal and UCLA perpetually underperforming, plus newcomers Utah and Colorado, one of which is a 90s powerhouse with an excellent coach, while the other is a perpetual overperforming minor conference team.

Oh and Oregon State exists too, I suppose.

I think if you live in the Midwest or east, it's just so hard to get interested ... from our perspective, the games are on at such strange times, we rarely play those teams and we don't really know that much about the conference.  I'm sure it is just as exciting to people in the West as the Big Ten is in the Midwest or the SEC is in the South, but it almost seems like a separate universe sometimes, LOL.  Plus, whether academically or in football/basketball, the Pac-12 always seems SO top heavy with such a pathetic bottom.
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PAC 12: This conference is just so meh. I guess Colorado maybe. I don't hate these schools, but I just have no reason to like them either.


You're seriously missing out. The PAC12 has such a rich history of CFB and the current dynamics of the conference are fascinating, with USC still recovering from sanctions and multiple self-imposed hiring miscues; Washington is finally returning to national prominence after two decades in the wilderness; Wazzu with certifiable crazyman Mike Leach, the rising and unpredictable Arizona schools, Oregon's fight to stay relevant in a recruiting wasteland, Cal and UCLA perpetually underperforming, plus newcomers Utah and Colorado, one of which is a 90s powerhouse with an excellent coach, while the other is a perpetual overperforming minor conference team.

Oh and Oregon State exists too, I suppose.

I think if you live in the Midwest or east, it's just so hard to get interested ... from our perspective, the games are on at such strange times, we rarely play those teams and we don't really know that much about the conference.  I'm sure it is just as exciting to people in the West as the Big Ten is in the Midwest or the SEC is in the South, but it almost seems like a separate universe sometimes, LOL.  Plus, whether academically or in football/basketball, the Pac-12 always seems SO top heavy with such a pathetic bottom.

It's much much easier to argue the opposite. PAC-12 football has too much parity, not too little. Especially when you compare to the SEC (Bama, one or two good-ish teams, everyone else is a garbage fire with no hope in sight). And as for a "pathetic bottom," the gulf between best and worst teams in the PAC12 is nowhere near as bad as difference between the OSU/Penn States and the Illinois/Rutgers tier in the Big 10; only one team in the PAC-12 right now has a losing record and no team looks unbeatable. While that parity wasn't really there last year, that was the exception and not the norm; look at the 2013-15 PAC standings. Plus, the worst teams in the PAC-12 right now (the Arizonas, Oregon, UCLA) were among the best ones four years ago and vice versa (hi Wazzu and Utah) and nothing about the current crop of best teams makes me think that this group will still be on top four years from now.

The only real problem with the PAC-12 is the time their games air. This is seen by their coaches as a problem, its just not one the networks care about.
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« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2017, 02:48:01 pm »
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PAC 12: This conference is just so meh. I guess Colorado maybe. I don't hate these schools, but I just have no reason to like them either.


You're seriously missing out. The PAC12 has such a rich history of CFB and the current dynamics of the conference are fascinating, with USC still recovering from sanctions and multiple self-imposed hiring miscues; Washington is finally returning to national prominence after two decades in the wilderness; Wazzu with certifiable crazyman Mike Leach, the rising and unpredictable Arizona schools, Oregon's fight to stay relevant in a recruiting wasteland, Cal and UCLA perpetually underperforming, plus newcomers Utah and Colorado, one of which is a 90s powerhouse with an excellent coach, while the other is a perpetual overperforming minor conference team.

Oh and Oregon State exists too, I suppose.

I think if you live in the Midwest or east, it's just so hard to get interested ... from our perspective, the games are on at such strange times, we rarely play those teams and we don't really know that much about the conference.  I'm sure it is just as exciting to people in the West as the Big Ten is in the Midwest or the SEC is in the South, but it almost seems like a separate universe sometimes, LOL.  Plus, whether academically or in football/basketball, the Pac-12 always seems SO top heavy with such a pathetic bottom.

It's much much easier to argue the opposite. PAC-12 football has too much parity, not too little. Especially when you compare to the SEC (Bama, one or two good-ish teams, everyone else is a garbage fire with no hope in sight). And as for a "pathetic bottom," the gulf between best and worst teams in the PAC12 is nowhere near as bad as difference between the OSU/Penn States and the Illinois/Rutgers tier in the Big 10; only one team in the PAC-12 right now has a losing record and no team looks unbeatable. While that parity wasn't really there last year, that was the exception and not the norm; look at the 2013-15 PAC standings. Plus, the worst teams in the PAC-12 right now (the Arizonas, Oregon, UCLA) were among the best ones four years ago and vice versa (hi Wazzu and Utah) and nothing about the current crop of best teams makes me think that this group will still be on top four years from now.

The only real problem with the PAC-12 is the time their games air. This is seen by their coaches as a problem, its just not one the networks care about.

I was thinking more historically.  Even schools like Illinois and Minnesota actually have fairly rich football traditions, even if they have sucked forever.  Additionally, basketball (with UCLA, Arizona and Utah really being the only schools with any respectable tradition compared to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan, Maryland, etc. in the Big Ten) and academics (along with heavyweights USC, UCLA, Cal and Stanford, you have some of the lowest ranked BCS schools in the country) are more lopsided.  I have nothing against the Pac-12 and actually kind of like a few of the teams, I'm just saying there is a perception that most people out there don't care as much as fans in the Midwest and South, so it doesn't seem very ... intense.  Lots of smaller fan bases (Stanford, Oregon State, Utah, etc.) and teams in areas where the interest is perceived to be lower (Los Angeles, Bay Area, Colorado).
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« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2017, 03:07:45 pm »
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Have you ever watched a game from the conference of champions? Have you ever stood atop a mountain And shouted out to the millions of animals that accomplished the feat before you? Have you spent a night sleeping in the desert? Have you ever seen an iguana build up enough courage to fend off a rattlesnake?

You clearly know nothing about the best conference in the world if you don't take the time to watch. 1 AM end time inconvenient? Bahaha
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Have you ever watched a game from the conference of champions? Have you ever stood atop a mountain And shouted out to the millions of animals that accomplished the feat before you? Have you spent a night sleeping in the desert? Have you ever seen an iguana build up enough courage to fend off a rattlesnake?

You clearly know nothing about the best conference in the world if you don't take the time to watch. 1 AM end time inconvenient? Bahaha

I don't even know where I am by this point on Saturday night.
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Top Five for each conference (I know I make no sense with respect to rivalries):

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1. Vanderbilt
2. Alabama
3. Texas A&M
4. South Carolina
5. Auburn
(Actually, this year, Georgia should be much higher as well, since they can get us two teams in the playoff and are really fun to watch with Chubb and Michel).

ACC-
1. Duke
2. Miami
3. NC State
4. Clemson (though I often root against them and for teams I like more to help the SEC overall- my 14th favorite SEC team would pretty much be my 14th favorite team)
5. North Carolina (in football at least- I don't like them as much in basketball)

Big 12-
1. Texas Tech
2. Oklahoma
3. TCU
4. Oklahoma State
5. Kansas State
(I would have had Baylor possibly at #1 before all the scandal broke)

Big Ten (UGH!!!!)-
1. Nebraska
2. Iowa
3. Indiana
4. Purdue
5. Penn State (mixed, but mostly positive, feelings about James Franklin)

Pac-12-
1. Washington State (as in they would be the Pac-12 team I would most want to see win it all, but I root against good Pac-12 teams because I want the Pac-12 to be left out, just like the Big Ten)
2. Oregon
3. Arizona State
4. Arizona
5. USC

Basically, I view college football from a prism of rooting for the SEC as my team and watching other conferences largely from a perspective of what benefits the SEC.
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ACC:Boston College 
Big 10: Penn State (maybe?) don't really have a favourite
Big 12: TCU
Pac 12: Washington State
SEC: Missouri
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PAC 12: This conference is just so meh. I guess Colorado maybe. I don't hate these schools, but I just have no reason to like them either.


You're seriously missing out. The PAC12 has such a rich history of CFB and the current dynamics of the conference are fascinating, with USC still recovering from sanctions and multiple self-imposed hiring miscues; Washington is finally returning to national prominence after two decades in the wilderness; Wazzu with certifiable crazyman Mike Leach, the rising and unpredictable Arizona schools, Oregon's fight to stay relevant in a recruiting wasteland, Cal and UCLA perpetually underperforming, plus newcomers Utah and Colorado, one of which is a 90s powerhouse with an excellent coach, while the other is a perpetual overperforming minor conference team.

Oh and Oregon State exists too, I suppose.

I think if you live in the Midwest or east, it's just so hard to get interested ... from our perspective, the games are on at such strange times, we rarely play those teams and we don't really know that much about the conference.  I'm sure it is just as exciting to people in the West as the Big Ten is in the Midwest or the SEC is in the South, but it almost seems like a separate universe sometimes, LOL.  Plus, whether academically or in football/basketball, the Pac-12 always seems SO top heavy with such a pathetic bottom.

It's much much easier to argue the opposite. PAC-12 football has too much parity, not too little. Especially when you compare to the SEC (Bama, one or two good-ish teams, everyone else is a garbage fire with no hope in sight). And as for a "pathetic bottom," the gulf between best and worst teams in the PAC12 is nowhere near as bad as difference between the OSU/Penn States and the Illinois/Rutgers tier in the Big 10; only one team in the PAC-12 right now has a losing record and no team looks unbeatable. While that parity wasn't really there last year, that was the exception and not the norm; look at the 2013-15 PAC standings. Plus, the worst teams in the PAC-12 right now (the Arizonas, Oregon, UCLA) were among the best ones four years ago and vice versa (hi Wazzu and Utah) and nothing about the current crop of best teams makes me think that this group will still be on top four years from now.

The only real problem with the PAC-12 is the time their games air. This is seen by their coaches as a problem, its just not one the networks care about.

I was thinking more historically.  Even schools like Illinois and Minnesota actually have fairly rich football traditions, even if they have sucked forever.  Additionally, basketball (with UCLA, Arizona and Utah really being the only schools with any respectable tradition compared to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan, Maryland, etc. in the Big Ten) and academics (along with heavyweights USC, UCLA, Cal and Stanford, you have some of the lowest ranked BCS schools in the country) are more lopsided.  I have nothing against the Pac-12 and actually kind of like a few of the teams, I'm just saying there is a perception that most people out there don't care as much as fans in the Midwest and South, so it doesn't seem very ... intense.  Lots of smaller fan bases (Stanford, Oregon State, Utah, etc.) and teams in areas where the interest is perceived to be lower (Los Angeles, Bay Area, Colorado).
This is what I meant. It's not all the conference's fault, but it takes a greater effort to find reason to and actually care about the Pac-12 compared to other conferences. ESPN and sports media deserve some blame too. The best Pac team in football over the past 10 years has been Stanford, and they have been great, but its a small school with so many other things going on that any success in football has been pretty quiet. Basketball wise, this past year was the first time since 2008 that an Pac-12 team made the Final Four. Over that same time: ACC(7) B1G(7) SEC(6) Big East(6) have had way more. No football championship since 2004, no basketball championship since 1997. So there is no doubt that the Pac-12 is a competitive and probably fun league to follow and watch. But to really get the rest of the country's attention, you probably need to have one the best teams going undefeated.
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