Here’s how it works: Vote for the winner of the six first-round matchups, and I’ll advance the winners Sunday night. Next week, I’ll post the next three matchups, let you all vote, and then the uniform with the highest number of votes will receive a bye into the title game while the other two winners will meet in the semifinals.
Why the automatic berth for the uniform with the highest total in the second round? Good question. It’s because with 12 teams and an odd number of matchups (3) in Round 2, you have to get creative. It’s that simple, really.
Oh, and for what it’s worth, I determined the seeds. If you have a problem with them, I apologize. Enough about the rules — let’s get to the voting.
No. 1 MICHIGAN vs. No. 12 NORTHWESTERN
No. 6 MICHIGAN STATE vs. No. 7 INDIANA
No. 4 NEBRASKA vs. No. 9 PURDUE
No. 3 OHIO STATE vs. No. 10 ILLINOIS
No. 5 IOWA vs. No. 8 WISCONSIN
No. 2 PENN STATE vs. No. 11 MINNESOTA