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Sloopy
05-16-2012, 12:31 PM
It's the offseason and I am bored, this means that it is time for ridiculous polls that don't matter in the long run yet spark furious debate!!!!

Premise

The idea is simple: If eight teams were made up of NFL players from each college conference, who would field the best team.

This will be done tournament style with the highest seed facing the lowest seed and so on.

I have chosen to include teams based on where they will be in 2012.

BEFORE YOU READ FURTHER:
I have likely messed up somewhere, including where certain teams will be going in 2012. This took awhile and again, I likely messed up somewhere. Let me know and I will try to right the situation

Rules
1. I tried to chose the best players at every position from each conference, I may have missed someone or made a judgement call on two close candidates. If you don't agree, simply let me know. If it was an outright error, I will fix it immediately. If it was a judgement cal,l and enough people feel different from my judgement, I will change it.

2. All decisions are made on based on current information and so should your decisions. We know that in his prime so and so was the best, I'm talking right now

3. Try to consider more than just the skill position players (QB, RB, WR etc.) include OL and DL into your thought process, that's why I included them.

4. Try to consider more than just overall talent, imagine if this game was actually played. Think of the respected teams OL vs DL battle, WRs/QB vs the secondary.

5. REALLY try and avoid the inevitable SECZZZZZZZZZZ argument. Use more than your preconceived notions and blind favoritism.

Teams

The eight conferences chosen were (seeding order)
1. ACC

QB: Phillip Rivers
RB: Frank Gore
WR: Calvin Johnson Jr.
WR: Andre Johnson
TE: Jimmy Graham
LT: D’Brickashaw Ferguson
LG: Chris Snee
C: Chris Meyers
RG: Vernon Carrey
RT: Eric Winston
DE: Julius Peppers
DT: Vince Wilifork
DT: B.J. Raji
DE: Mario Williams
OLB: Daryl Smith
MLB: Ray Lewis
MLB: Jonathan Beason
OLB: Kamerion Wimbley
CB: Brandon Flowers
CB: Deangelo Hall
FS: Ed Reed
SS: Kam Chancellor

2. PAC12

QB: Aaron Rodgers
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew
WR: Steve Smith
WR: Desean Jackson
TE: Rob Gronkowski
LT: Jordan Gross
LG: Eben Britton
C: Ryan Kalil
RG: Andy Levitre
RT: Tyron Smith
DE: Haloti Ngata
DT: Sione Pouha
DT: Paul Sloiai
DE: Andre Carter
OLB: Terrell Suggs
MLB: Brian Cushing
MLB: Nick Barnett
OLB: Clay Matthews III
CB: Nnamdi Asomugha
CB: Marcus Trufant
FS: Eric Weddle
SS: Troy Polamolu

3. SEC

QB: Eli Manning
RB: Arian Foster
WR: Dwayne Bowe
WR: Mike Wallace
TE: Jason Witten
LT: Jason Peters
LG: Ben Grubbs
C: Maurkice Pouncey
RG: Evan Mathis
RT: David Stewart
DE: John Abraham
DT: Richard Seymour
DT: Geno Atkins
DE: Charles Johnson
OLB: Will Witherspoon
MLB: Patrick Willis
MLB: Jerod Mayo
OLB: Jarret Johnson
CB: Champ Bailey
CB: Jonathan Joseph
FS: Ryan Clark
SS: Eric Berry

4. BIG10

QB: TomBrady
RB: Shonn Greene
WR: Santonio Holmes
WR: Brandon Lloyd
TE: Owen Daniels
LT: Joe Thomas
LG: Carl Nicks
C: Nick Mangold
RG: Marshall Yanda
RT: Jake Long
DE: J.J. Watt
DT: Ndamakung Suh
DT: Jonathan Babineux
DE: Will Smith
OLB: Tamba Hali
MLB: David Harris
MLB: Navoro Bowman
OLB: Lamar Woodley
CB: Vontae Davis
CB: Chris Gamble
FS: Malcolm Jenkins
SS: Dontae Whitner

5. BIG12

QB: Sam Bradford
RB: Adrian Peterson
WR: Wes Welker
WR: Jordy Nelson
TE: Brandon Pettigrew
LT: Trent Williams
LG: Davin Joseph
C: J.D. Walton (please let me know if you can think of anyone else, I can’t)
RG: Leonard Davis
RT: Jason Smith
DE: Justin Smith
DT: Kevin Williams
DT: Casey Hampton
DE: Cory Redding
OLB: Brian Orakpo
MLB: Derrick Johnson
MLB: Curtis Lofton
OLB: Aldon Smith
CB: Aqib Talib
CB: Quentin Jammer
FS: Michael Griffin
SS: Melvin Bullet

6. FCS/Indep.

QB: Joe Flacco
RB: Fred Jackson
WR: Marques Colston
WR: Vincent Jackson
TE: Anthony Fasano
LT: Michael Roos
LG: Jahari Evans
C: Matt Birk
RG: Mackenzy Bernadeau
RT: Jared Veldheer
DE: Jared Allen
DT: Derek Landri
DT: Justin Tuck (The mixed bag takes a page from the Giants book and plays Tuck at DT)
DE: Robert Mathis
OLB: Justin Durant
MLB: London FLetcher
MLB: Bart Scott
OLB: Jason Trusnik
CB: Cortland Finnegan
CB: Lardarius Webb
FS: Nick Collins
SS: Yeremiah Bell

7. MAC

QB: Ben Roethlisberger
RB: Michael Turner
WR: Greg Jennings
WR: Victor Cruz
TE: Antonio Gates
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Jacob Bell
C: Scott Mruczkowski
RG: Ryan Diem
RT: Doug Free
DE: Jason Babin
DT: Cullen Jenkins
DT: Terrance Knighton
DE: Muhammad Wilkerson
OLB: James Harrison
MLB: Chase Blackburn
MLB: Nick Bellore
OLB: Jason Taylor
CB: E.J. Biggers
CB: Josh Gordy
FS: Louis Delmas
SS: Abram Elam

8. BIG EAST

QB: Donovan McNabb
HB: Ray Rice
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: Kenny Britt
TE: Brent Celek
LT: Jeff Otah
LG: Jeremy Zuttah
C: Eric Wood
RG: Jason Spitz
RT: Anthony Davis
DE: Trent Cole
DT: Mike Wright
DT: Amobi Okoye
DE: Jason Pierre – Paul
OLB: Connor Barwin
MLB: Gary Brackett
MLB: Gerald Hayes
OLB: Clint Session
CB: Darrelle Revis
CB:Devin McCourtey
FS: Kerry Rhodes
SS: Tyvon Branch


Due to boredom, I will do "pregame commentary" on each of the teams followed by a "wrap up/sign off" after results are in.

I would really like to encourage reasoning behind the decisions made

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU:

THE BIG 10 VS. BIG 12 MATCH UP: BATTLE OF THE BIGS

On one side you have the BIG 10; on the other, The BIG 12, heavily loaded with players from Oklahoma and Texas.

Early a tough decision had to be made between Tommy and Drew but in the end Tommy is undeniable and with a chance to stand in the pocket all day he might just tear the opposing defense apart like an angry surgeon.

The Defense is stout at all positions especially the LB corps.

The safety position is a bit of concern but they may just be able to hold out against a young Sam Bradford who doesn't have much in terms of a deep threat.

Can the running game of Adrian Peterson pull the team to victory?

Will the LB corps be able to supply enough pressure against this tough BIG 10 OL?

(Voting will be open until 8:00 PM Sunday. I will post the other four match ups as the day goes on)

AntoinCD
05-16-2012, 12:40 PM
I'm definitely taking the Big 10 in this one. That offensive line is down right amazing. The front 7 on defense is also pretty damn good and I wouldn't trust Sam Bradford to make a less than great safety pairing suffer.

Holmes and Lloyd on the outside catching from Brady behind that line is a pretty good combination.

Giantsfan1080
05-16-2012, 12:50 PM
A lot of those Miami players actually played in the Big East not the ACC.

Sloopy
05-16-2012, 12:59 PM
A lot of those Miami players actually played in the Big East not the ACC.

I know, but I'm not gunna take the time to sort them in that way.

All players will be assigned to their school and placed on the conference team in which their school now plays in

Giantsfan1080
05-16-2012, 01:02 PM
It's not really that hard. Pretty much all of those guys all played in the Big East and not the ACC.

Sloopy
05-16-2012, 01:04 PM
It's not really that hard. Pretty much all of those guys all played in the Big East and not the ACC.

I understand that. It's just the way that I did it though :P

Miami is in the ACC now and thus all their players will belong to the ACC team

I'm assuming this has something to do with the Big East/Rutgers :P

XxXdragonXxX
05-16-2012, 08:19 PM
Richard Sherman should replace Trufant at CB for the Pac 12.

Sloopy
05-16-2012, 10:16 PM
Richard Sherman should replace Trufant at CB for the Pac 12.

If anything wouldn't you want Browner over Trufant?

XxXdragonXxX
05-16-2012, 11:19 PM
If anything wouldn't you want Browner over Trufant?

Well both, but Sherman is actually better than Browner.


I'd also put Walter Thurmond on there before Trufant...maybe even Roy Lewis...I just realized that the Seahawks have 5 CBs from the Pac 12. Anyway, the point is that Trufant isn't very good anymore.

Sloopy
05-17-2012, 08:43 AM
Well both, but Sherman is actually better than Browner.


I'd also put Walter Thurmond on there before Trufant...maybe even Roy Lewis...I just realized that the Seahawks have 5 CBs from the Pac 12. Anyway, the point is that Trufant isn't very good anymore.

Yea to be honest, my heart said browner and I considered Roy but I also tried to appeal to the general public. I will take it into consideration for the next round if I get more hits on that

Also, due to the lopsidedness of a few of all of these, I will likely close the poll before sunday and move on to the next matchups if it it all the same to everyone else.

I'll put them up later tonight when I get some time if it is all the same to everyone else

Sloopy
05-17-2012, 01:06 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3517/3841575132_39aa970b37_z.jpg

The Battle of the Bigs is over and when the dust clears the Big ten is on top

Brady was able to sit behind the monstrous OL all day and move down the field with ease.

Trent Williams and Davin Joseph made valiant efforts in protecting Bradford but the right side of the line just couldn't hold up to the pass rush.

AP was the only bright spot on offense but you can't run when your down and by the end he was a non factor