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Who is WSU's counterpart in the other major conferences?

WSU is in a unique situation when it comes to schools in the "power 5" conferences. That's why we ask you the question: Who is the WSU of the other major conferences

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There are a lot of perks that come with being an author on CougCenter. We get a platinum $4.50 Buffalo Wild Winds gift card, A personalized e-card from Brian Floyd congratulating us on joining the team, a paycheck ranging up into the thousands of SBNation "Sbucks" per month (they're worth nothing now, but they assure me that they're going to be worth "more than nothing" at some point in the "near to very distant future). But beyond all of that, I think the best perk is being added to the CougCenter staff emails. We occasionally use these threads to talk about the site, but we mostly talk about other stuff mostly unrelated to the site.

Yesterday, while talking about Kliff Kingsbury's new extension with Texas Tech that, with bonuses, could net him up to $5 million dollars a year, Brian Floyd posited the idea that Texas Tech is the "WSU of the Big 12," and it makes sense. While Lubbock is a very large city of 233,000, it's relatively isolated. It makes up it's own media market, ranked at 143 in the United States (Spokane is 73rd), and is more than a 5 hour drive from Dallas, the closet major city with more than 200,000 people. For years the Red Raiders have been overshadowed by other major teams in the conference. They also recently extended their head coach amid unsubstantiated fears from paranoid individuals in the fanbase that their coach will leave.

There does seem to be a lot of similarities.

After we all thought about the similarities between Tech and WSU, the question was posed to everyone: Who is "the WSU" of the other major conferences? I came up with my list:

  • Big 12: Texas Tech
  • Big 10: Iowa
  • ACC: Wake Forest
  • SEC: Mississippi State

Choosing other teams in other conferences is hard, but hopefully we can start to use a schools similarity to WSU as a way to pick a new, outside team to root for this Saturday and beyond. Give us your list below so we can compare and contrast.


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