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Monday, September 27, 2010
Pac-10 college town

By Ted Miller

Inspired by the new social game "ESPNU College Town," here’s what I would select from around the Pac-10 to build the best program in the conference.

Academics: Stanford
This one's easy. Stanford is the most academically prestigious institution in FBS.

Athletic director: Bob Bowlsby, Stanford
He hired Jim Harbaugh. Things are working out there. And the Cardinal still dominates the Director's Cup standings.

City: Seattle
This is a tough one because the Pac-10 is a conference of great destinations. Seattle nips San Francisco because neither California nor Stanford are actually located in San Francisco.

Coach: Chip Kelly
In his first year, he led Oregon to the Pac-10 championship. In his second, the Ducks are national title contenders. Not bad. And his offense is innovative and entertaining.

Facilities: Oregon
Oregon's facilities are as good as any program in the nation.

Fans: Washington
The Huskies averaged 63,640 fans during an 0-12 season under a coach, Tyrone Willingham, who had no support. Huskies fans bleed purple.

Game day atmosphere: Oregon
Autzen Stadium is loud as any stadium in the country. At night, it's a complete frenzy. And, by the way, it's also an immaculate, well-designed venue.

Mascot: Traveler
USC's white horse with its Trojan warrior rider is one of college football's most identifiable symbols.

Stadium: Rose Bowl
UCLA's home stadium is a college football church. Best sunset in all of sports.

Strength program: Arizona
Mike Stoops brought Corey Edmond along with him when Stoops was hired away from Oklahoma. It was a smart move.