The first six rounds of SB Nation’s Conference Re-Draft Project are in the books, and the latest addition to the conference brings the 12 Pack to six members, those being the Duke Blue Devils, Georgia Bulldogs, Texas Longhorns, UCLA Bruins, Washington Huskies, and Wisconsin Badgers.
Although the addition of Duke bumps Georgia from the front of the Pack alphabetically and adds little on the football front, the Blue Devils bring a good bit to the table. Obviously, Duke’s inclusion furthers the 12 Pack’s established tradition of drafting schools with superior academics and solid revenue streams. Though the Blue Devils have done little on the gridiron since Steve Spurrier left Durham, they do well enough in the other sports to rank highly in the Directors’ Cup standings.
Of particular significance is the fact that any league boasting both Duke and UCLA is bound to be the nation’s premiere hoops conference, particularly since perennial basketball powers Kansas (Black Heart Gold Pants’ "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"), Kentucky (House of Sparky’s "The House of a Thousand Sanctions"), and North Carolina (Red Cup Rebellion’s "The Cult of Les Miles") all have different affiliations from one another. The inclusion of Duke and UCLA in a conference with two solid hoops programs (Texas and Wisconsin) and a pair of rising programs (Georgia and Washington) sets the league up nicely in the second most prominent sport.
Duke also adds a measure of geographic balance to the 12 Pack, as the conference circles the perimeter of the country, with two teams in the West (UCLA and Washington), two in the East (Duke and Georgia), and two in the center (Texas and Wisconsin).
Because this is a snake draft, the 12 Pack gets the first pick of the seventh round, as well. All the mid-major programs are still available, as well as all of the Big East programs that do not field Division I-A football teams. Also remaining on the board are six ACC teams (including Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Virginia), five football members of the Big East (including Cincinnati, Pitt, Rutgers, and South Florida), five Big Ten teams (including Illinois and Purdue), six Big 12 teams (including Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech), five Pac-12 teams (including Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah), and four SEC teams (Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt).
What should the 12 Pack do with its seventh round pick? We are on the clock.