And the winner is ... Texas A&M!
But I'm afraid we're not talking about the NCAA basketball tournament. We're talking about what university spends the most money to lobby the federal government. And in that contest, Texas A&M tops the nation, spending $900,000 last year to lobby in D.C.
This is the K Street College Classic -- a faux tournament bracket devised by the good folks at the Center for Responsive Politics (the OpenSecrets.org people). (K Street is the unofficial Main Street of the lobbying world in our nation's capital.) All together, the 64 schools in the tournament dropped $12 million on federal lobbying in 2009.
But Texas A&M's intra-state rivals didn't go home empty-handed from this tournament:
The University of Texas made it into the final 64, spending $128,136.
Private Baylor made it to the quarterfinals, spending $141,250, and beating out Sam Houston State University, which spent $34,285 and lost in the first round.
North Texas and the University of Houston also made it to the quarterfinals, spending $160,000 and $120,000, respectively.