Can't choose Michigan, for obvious reasons. Interested in knowing which teams you are non-affiliated with that you'd be happy to cheer for. I have a feeling there would be a general consensus on some teams, but others some people just dislike and won't be picked. My breakdown by conference would be:
Big Ten - Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State are out immediately. I feel pretty strongly about beating Wisconsin and Minnesota as the next two in order, so they're out. I'd axe Northwestern and Indiana as to me they might be a bit to difficult to cheer for. This leaves Purdue, Illinois, and Iowa. Purdue is cut for the engineering rivalry, and I'd prefer Kirk Ferentz over Ron Zook. Pick: Hawkeyes.
ACC - Clemson. Great stadium and loyal fans for a team with only one NC in '81. Usually considered as a classy group, yet hostile and loud during game time.
Big 12 - Oklahoma State. Barry Sanders has something to do with it. Mike Gundy has something to do with it. Seeing them beat out Texas and Oklahoma has a lot to do with it, and they have a fighting chance this year.
Big East - Cincinnati. Don't really follow the Big East, but Brian Kelly is awesome. Plus go UCONN, be decent.
Pac 10 - Cal. Jeff Tedford's turnaround of Cal has been interesting to watch, they have their 9 PAC 10 games and Maryland and Minnesota on this years schedule, and woo nerd school.
SEC - Ole Miss. Easily the hardest conference to pick a team for me, but it came down to Ole Miss and Auburn. I chose Ole Miss as they are hope for beating Florida, Alabama, and LSU, I liked the in-conference hire of Houston Nutt, woo Jevan Snead, and the schizophrenia of lose to Vanderbilt and South Carolina, beat Florida and LSU.
Also I think this has been brought up but to re-iterate, holy scheduling Minnesota I like it. OOC this year - Syracuse, Cal, Air Force, I-AA. Next year Southern Cal and I-AA, interested to see how they fill out those other two spots.