March Madness: B1G Football Uniform Bracket II

The votes are in, and we’ve reached the second round of’s 2012 Big Ten football uniform bracket. Much like the NCAA tourney, there were a couple early upsets, including No. 10 Illinois taking down No. 3 Ohio State. Not to be outdone, No. 9 Purdue also stunned No. 4 Nebraska. Check out all the first-round decisions. Also, cast your Round 2 votes in this post.

Remember, because the second round features an odd number of matchups (3), the uniform with the highest number of Round 2 votes will get an automatic berth into the championship, while the other two winners will meet in the semifinals.


Michigan's Denard Robinson

Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell

How they got here: Michigan destroyed No. 12 Northwestern and Michigan State took down No. 7 Indiana.

No. 9 PURDUE vs. No. 10 ILLINOIS

Purdue's Ralph Bolden
Illinois' Donovonn Young

How they got here: Purdue nipped No. 4 Nebraska and Illinois stunned No. 3 Ohio State in first-round upsets.

No. 2 PENN STATE vs. No. 5 IOWA

Penn State's Sials Redd

Iowa's Keenan Davis & Kevonte Martin-Manley

How they got here: Penn State thrashed No. 11 Minnesota and Iowa breezed by No. 8 Wisconsin. web editor Brent Yarina writes the Clothes Call features. Send him your Big Ten fashion tips here, find all of his work here and follow him on Twitter at @BTNBrentYarina.


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matt on 3/18/2012 @ 4:14pm EDT Said:

how the hell is penn state beating iowa. their uniforms are one of the ugliest in the country. who cares if its a “classic”.

Marlos on 3/18/2012 @ 4:33pm EDT Said:

@Matt I dont really care for Penn State uniforms either but at least they are better than Iowa’s cheap Steelers knock-off uniform

Stephen on 3/18/2012 @ 4:39pm EDT Said:

I wonder how many Michigan fans know that rival Michigan State wore wings on their helmets before Michigan.

Mark on 3/18/2012 @ 5:19pm EDT Said:

“I wonder how many Michigan fans know that rival Michigan State wore wings on their helmets before Michigan”

Not even a shred of truth to this statement.

John on 3/18/2012 @ 6:20pm EDT Said:

“Not even a shred of truth to this statement.”

It is 100% true.

Eric on 3/18/2012 @ 6:32pm EDT Said:

I’m a lifelong Michigan fan, and any serious Wolverine knows that Sparty wore the wings before Michigan. Unfortunately for the Sparties, though, their football team changes its helmet and uniform every couple of years and isn’t known for any sort of classic or unique look. Michigan, on the other hand… Our looks are identifiable by sports fans worldwide, and for good reason.

Rodney on 3/18/2012 @ 7:42pm EDT Said:

@Stephen At that time, lots of teams had “wings” and they looked completely different from what Michigan has now.

@matt I like PSU’s uniform because it’s clean, simple, and looks really good. It’s not ugly and at the moment 66% of the voters agree.

94SpartanGrad on 3/18/2012 @ 7:58pm EDT Said:

Hahaha! Another walverine calling us ‘Sparty”- how cute! How’d that work out with ‘Ohio’? And, yes, the vaunted winged helmet had previously been used by several other teams before um. Those hi-liter uniforms are def ugly, and since when do real men wear yellow pants??? Thumbs down.

reason on 3/18/2012 @ 11:38pm EDT Said:

Isn’t sparty the name of your mascot? Dont understand why msu fans are so sensitive..

rolltide on 3/19/2012 @ 9:50am EDT Said:

Ummm. Allot of teams sported.the spalding winged helmet back in the day. Michigan just perfected it. Love the history that Michigan has. They don’t seem afraid to embrace it. Wish more would. The Michigan, Penn state, Alabama. ND and USC’s keep traditions alive when the Nike, UA of the world try to commercialize it.

91MGrad on 3/19/2012 @ 10:05am EDT Said:

94sparty. Lol! Real men don’t stand 4′ tall unlike the angry trolls over your football and basketball programs. Lil man syndrome?? Inferiority complex? Sparty tears taste like sugar. Lil bro will be getting table scraps once again in about 8 months. Recruiting paints the picture. Dumbtonio will see the writing on the wall and run like Saban. Enjoy the ups for now. Reality check is coming. Hail!

R L on 3/19/2012 @ 11:18am EDT Said:

How’d that work out with ohio? Im pretty sure Michigan beat ohio, not that Ohio, in football this year.

Rob on 3/19/2012 @ 1:20pm EDT Said:

I have always like Penn State’s uniforms. I just wish that O’Brien would bring back the helmet numbers like they wore when Cappelletti won the Heisman

Huck on 3/19/2012 @ 6:42pm EDT Said:

So, since the Iowa uniforms are knockoffs of the Steelers does that make Penn State’s knockoffs of every junior high team in the country ?

Ty on 3/19/2012 @ 7:18pm EDT Said:

1.) I’ve always thought that the Michigan unis are so overrated, with those ugly winged helmets. I don’t get the appeal.
2.) Illiniois helmets need a refreshing design….BADLY! Really, Illinois? The word “Illinois” with a line underneath…that’s the best you could do? wow. So afraid and lame with the design. Maybe they’d don’t want to offend the PC Police. But, at least change the script or font or something.
3.) Michigan State has the best uni’s and helmets combo. OSU is next.

Rodger on 3/19/2012 @ 7:20pm EDT Said:

I love the Michigan State color scheme. The mascot is kick-a$$, and the helmet is cool….UNTIL they put that really wide white stripe down the middle before last season. I don’t get it — why change a good thing. The Sparty unis from like 2004-2009 were tight.

oh yeah, p.s. scUM still sucks … and I agree with the guy above — ILLINOIS — DO SOMETHING WITH THOSE HELMETS!!!!!!!!!

Bighouse on 3/20/2012 @ 4:44am EDT Said:

Michigans uniforms have proven time & time again to be one of if not the best of any uniforms in all of sports history! Like it or not, it’s fact. If you don’t like it ur either a envious hater or just plain wrong.

Benny on 3/20/2012 @ 4:55am EDT Said:

All the B1G uniforms are awesome and all of them promote the tradition of their respective programs. It is impossible to judge them against each other because they are all perfect That is why it is so good to be a B1G fan. We don’t have Oregon or Maryland playing in our league, and we should be proud of that.

Benny on 3/20/2012 @ 5:00am EDT Said:

It’s impossible to judge the B1G uniforms. They all reflect the tradition at their schools. It is better to be proud to root for the B1G with teams that have so much tradition rather than turn college football into a fashion show.

Bill on 3/20/2012 @ 7:09am EDT Said:

Only MSU fans would be so stupid. Guys, your mascot’s name is Sparty, it is not something created by Michigan fans to get under your skin. You did it to yourselves.

Ed on 3/20/2012 @ 8:46am EDT Said:

Lol @ Sparty slappies!!! They sure do know how to make themselves known!! I’ve seen this type of poll in other places that wasn’t strictly prohibited to big 10 teams and let’s just say that MSU’s distance from us in that poll was worse than their distance in our win differential!!! If we can finish top 5 in a national survey, then I think that speaks volumes about how great our “CLASSIC” unoforms truly are!! Our uni’s never need a makeover…enough said!!

Brian on 3/20/2012 @ 9:46am EDT Said:

Hey morons calling Iowa’s uniforms knock off of the Steelers. Hayden Fry asked and received permission and the Steelers even sent Iowa over some uniforms for Iowa to use to help design their uniforms. Hayden took a debacle of a program and completely changed the culture. Which started with the uniforms. The Tiger Hawk helmets are all Iowa’s and one of the best looking helmets in the country.

Amy on 3/21/2012 @ 9:36am EDT Said:

best movie line ever – from The Big Chill

“Bo! start with the basics – ugliest helmets ever!”

DeanHawk on 3/24/2012 @ 9:27pm EDT Said:

@Matt I dont really care for Penn State uniforms either but at least they are better than Iowa’s cheap Steelers knock-off uniform–
Really? Must be a browns or eagles fan