2013 Big Ten Helmet Bracket: Round 1

2013 Big Ten Helmet Bracket: Round 1

Last summer, I compiled a Big Ten football uniform bracket for fans to vote on. Unsurprisingly, Michigan won – although there were upsets along the way. This year, it’s time for a helmet bracket (only primary lids considered).

Here’s how it works: The field is divided into the Legends Division and Leaders Division, with the champion of each meeting for the title, and BTN fans will vote on every matchup. Also, the two top vote-getters from each division receive a first-round bye.

Editor’s note: Seeds were determined by Facebook polls, using the results as of Wednesday afternoon (Legends | Leaders). Why the 4-6/3-5 format instead of the conventional 4-5/3-6? With Michigan and Ohio State earning the top seeds in routs, coupled with the fact No. 2 seeds also receive a bye, I wanted to give the runaway No. 1’s some kind of advantage.

LEGENDS DIVISION
1. Michigan (first-round bye)
2. Iowa (first-round bye)
3. Michigan State
4. Nebraska
5. Northwestern
6. Minnesota

FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS

No. 4 Nebraska vs. No. 6. Minnesota (Winner gets No. 1 Michigan)

Ameer Abdullah

Donnell Kirkwood

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Northwestern (Winner gets No. 2 Iowa)

Tony Lippett

LEADERS DIVISION
1.
Ohio State (first-round bye)
2.
Wisconsin (first-round bye)
3.
Penn State
4.
Indiana
5.
Illinois
6.
Purdue

FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS

No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 6 Purdue (Winner gets No. 1 Ohio State)

Stephen Houston

Rob Henry

No. 3 Penn State vs. No. 5 Illinois (Winner gets No. 2 Wisconsin)

Allen Robinson

Jonathan Brown

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.
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