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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Who will survive today's draft?


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Don't forget, today my colleagues Pat Forde, Ivan Maisel and Mark Schlabach will be cutting the FBS to 40 teams in a live draft at 1 p.m. ET.

I'm not hopeful that a lot of teams from the five nonautomatic qualifying conferences and independents will survive, but I've seen calls for Utah, BYU, TCU, Boise State and East Carolina to get in.

Remember, this is based on each drafter's preference, but money, stadium and facilities become a big deal. That makes this a tough call. It will be interesting to see what the drafters decide to do with the group of 54.

You can still go on SportsNation and pick your 40 teams and I still welcome nominations from the five-conference coalition.

I'll be back to discuss the picks later this afternoon.