2013 Big Ten Helmet Bracket: Round 2

It was all chalk in the opening round of our Big Ten helmet bracket. The biggest winner: Michigan State routed Northwestern, 71 percent to 29 percent. Now, it’s time for Round 2. See all of the matchups and cast your votes in this post.

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, only primary helmets are considered.

Editor’s note: Seeds were determined by Facebook polls, using the results as of Wednesday afternoon (Legends | Leaders).

[ RELATED: Relive our 2012 Big Ten football uniform bracket ]

1. Michigan (first-round bye)
2. Iowa (first-round bye)
3. Michigan State (beat NU, 71%-29%)
4. Nebraska (beat MIN, 57%-43%)
5. Northwestern
6. Minnesota


No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Nebraska

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (12) prior to the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Ameer Abdullah

No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 3 Michigan State

Mark Weisman

Tony Lippett

Ohio State (first-round bye)
Wisconsin (first-round bye)
Penn State (beat ILL, 63%-37%)
Indiana (beat PUR, 53%-47%)
6. Purdue


No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Indiana

Braxton Miller
Stephen Houston

No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Penn State

Joel Stave
Allen Robinson

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Your Opinion?
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John Ross on 5/18/2013 @ 12:39pm EDT Said:

Go blue

blackpuritan on 5/18/2013 @ 12:41pm EDT Said:

I’m glad Sparty got a good draw here. Down goes the Hawkeyes!! Go Green!!

Douglas Carlton on 5/18/2013 @ 12:49pm EDT Said:


Eric Hodgson on 5/18/2013 @ 1:01pm EDT Said:

ANF! Go Hawks!

Bev Ganzhorn on 5/18/2013 @ 1:28pm EDT Said:

Go Hawkeyes! Forever black & gold!!

Wade Lee Haron on 5/18/2013 @ 1:33pm EDT Said:

Hail to the Victors! Go Blue!

Samuel Cross on 5/18/2013 @ 1:35pm EDT Said:

I think the hawks have more support coming most will be coming from via Hawkeye Heaven Facebook Page
which has over 14,000 likers

William Schreiber on 5/18/2013 @ 1:37pm EDT Said:

GO Hawkeyes !!!

dave allgood on 5/18/2013 @ 1:48pm EDT Said:

ANF! Go Hawks the Hawkeyes have best helmet in college football

Anthony Vex on 5/18/2013 @ 1:51pm EDT Said:

Its Blue and Maize or nothin ya heard me

Brian Edward on 5/18/2013 @ 1:59pm EDT Said:

Definitely the best helmets of any conference (Pac12 being a close second). As a Michigan alum, I would rank the remaining helmets this way:
1. Michigan (It’s probably the most famous and distinguishable helmet in college football)
2. Penn St. (It’s the epitome of classic)
3. MSU (C’mon, that helmet just looks sweet)
4. OSU (Sans sparkles)
5. Iowa (Rough and tumble color scheme. Simple. Clean. Effective.)
6. Nebraska (Classic ‘N’ to match its rich football history)
7. Indiana (Great logo, but we associate images with the quality of the program. Meh)
8. Wisco (Love the team, and the old logo. Not feeling the italic ‘W’.

buci01 on 5/18/2013 @ 2:44pm EDT Said:

Considering that isn’t Maize anymore, but Sunshine Yellow, it would not being the best in the Big Ten the best in College Football. For those Fans that aren’t aware Nike has the Copyright and Patent on the Color,”Maize” !!!!!!! Have Faith. Go Bucks !!!!

hometownwright on 5/18/2013 @ 2:47pm EDT Said:

On Wisconsin!

Dan on 5/18/2013 @ 4:19pm EDT Said:

Love Michigan’s but Nebraska = classic college football.

Barb Forsythe on 5/18/2013 @ 4:39pm EDT Said:

Go Hawks! hawkeye for life! I bleed black and gold Iowa is #1in m heart!!!!!!!

jake bjorne on 5/18/2013 @ 4:42pm EDT Said:

go blue

Elizabeth McClure on 5/18/2013 @ 4:50pm EDT Said:

On Hawkeyes, on forever more!

gobluehadley on 5/18/2013 @ 5:14pm EDT Said:

Sry blackpuritan, your goin down to the hawks!! GO IOWA!!

gobluehadley on 5/18/2013 @ 5:34pm EDT Said:

What the heck are you talkin about buci01? Nike doesn’t have the patent on the maize color!! Mich. has always had that color LONG before NIke was even in business!! Go put your head between your knees and sulk ’cause your goin down to INDIANA!! You won’t even make the finals!!

craig on 5/18/2013 @ 6:19pm EDT Said:

Iowa has the best helmet , I would put michigan a close second because it is one of the most identifiable helmet in all of college football just not the best helmet..

Ed Fowler on 5/18/2013 @ 6:32pm EDT Said:


DL on 5/18/2013 @ 7:31pm EDT Said:

1. go buckeyes 2. go badgers

Bob on 5/18/2013 @ 10:24pm EDT Said:

Michigan’s helmet is actually a rip off of Princeton. The Tigers wore that helmet design first.

Daniel P. Sheerin on 5/18/2013 @ 10:58pm EDT Said:

Simple white with a classic stripe of blue … the best is PSU!

Hayden Fry on 5/18/2013 @ 11:10pm EDT Said:

Hawkeyes logo most original. Did Mariah Carey design Ohio St. glitter helmets?

George on 5/18/2013 @ 11:42pm EDT Said:

Bob, it’s not a rip off of Princeton as coach Crisler brought it with him from Princeton. But at Princeton it was a rip off of Ohio State, Indiana, and Michigan State, who had used the design before Crisler “invented” it.

CO_hawk on 5/19/2013 @ 11:55am EDT Said:


Evan on 5/19/2013 @ 11:56am EDT Said:

Michigan fans can brag about helmets all they want. Because that’s all they have going for them! By the way…..Sparty has the best helmets in the Big Ten! Followed by Iowa and Ohio State. Don’t compare Adidas to Nike either! Nike dominates with whatever they make!

Bob on 5/19/2013 @ 12:15pm EDT Said:

George, thanks for clearing that up. You learn something every day.

john b on 5/19/2013 @ 12:38pm EDT Said:

No better helmet in all of football the OSU donned with many, many buckeye helmet stickers! S-W-E-E-T!!!

David on 5/19/2013 @ 1:22pm EDT Said:

Michigan fans want to have the best helmet because they know they can’t beat The OSU.

Zach on 5/19/2013 @ 2:53pm EDT Said:

Michigan State actually wore the winged helmet before UM did… I guess they just decided to move past that weak design

“Michigan State began wearing a variation of the winged helmet before 1938, predating the Wolverines and continuing until 1948.”


Todd on 5/19/2013 @ 3:04pm EDT Said:

Nike also copyrighted the color “Maize,” so Adidas actually had to make a new version of the
school color, now known as “Sun” (which the volleyball team has affectionately dubbed the “highlighter” jerseys). While the switch has become progressively easier throughout the past two years, it’s come with growing pains.

Dave on 5/19/2013 @ 5:06pm EDT Said:

They could at least show the Buckeye helmets with the buckeye leaves on it. The solid silver doesn’t do it justice

Jerod on 5/19/2013 @ 6:03pm EDT Said:

Michigans helmets are ugly, they look like horns and they don’t make any since because their mascot is a skunk weasel. Give me Mich St or OSUs with their Buckeyes on it, that’s a sweet helmet. I like PSUs classy look also.

chale on 5/19/2013 @ 6:06pm EDT Said:

Michigans helmets are ugly, whats up with the horns?? Skunk weasels don’t have horns.. Give me MSU, the Buckeyes with Buckeyes, and Penn St.

Bwa Ha Ha on 5/20/2013 @ 9:02am EDT Said:

Helmet stickers? What is it, Pee Wee football?

Erik (aka brutus5199) on 5/20/2013 @ 9:31am EDT Said:

OSU’s helmets gettin’ beat by IU??? C’mon, where’s the love Buckeye Nation? VOTE, for Pete’s sake! I’ll never live it down over here in the hinterlands of Hoosierland if the flippin’ HOOSIERS beat us at this! Sheesh…GO BUCKS!

Victor Rojo on 5/20/2013 @ 9:43am EDT Said:

How did Wisconsin earn a bye? Ugh ugh ugly helmets

Dexter on 5/20/2013 @ 1:15pm EDT Said:

Joe Pa 409 no matter what the ncaa says WE ARE PENN STATE

Tyler Sinder on 5/20/2013 @ 1:20pm EDT Said:

This comes down to two schools: Michigan and Penn State. The rest of the field is irrelevant when it comes to anything related to the football uniform. Michigan’s is easily recognized because of their unique helmet design and the maize and blue. Penn State’s is widely considered to be the most traditional uniform in the country. Both of their helmets are recognizable. But when it comes to which team has the best helmet, it has to be Penn State. It’s perfectly simple and clean. When you see the players wearing it on the field it looks great. It goes perfectly with the rest of their uniforms. It is the best helmet in college football.

Andrew on 5/20/2013 @ 1:51pm EDT Said:

Well Penn State is the only one dominating their matchup…

jane on 5/20/2013 @ 2:04pm EDT Said:

Penn State’s white helmets are the epitome of understated class – just like their uniforms and their team.

Sandra C Lane on 5/20/2013 @ 3:22pm EDT Said:

Simply ….. THE BEST!!! All CLASS…………… PENN STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

scott s on 5/20/2013 @ 3:35pm EDT Said:

ok whats so great about ohio helmet? nothing they are silver and red wow…. not. very plain.
also msu helmets look like a christmas tree ornament bulb????? ya if you want to hanf them on a tree they look good:)

scott s on 5/20/2013 @ 3:36pm EDT Said:

to many red and white colors in the big ten they all look the same … red and white

scott s on 5/20/2013 @ 3:39pm EDT Said:

what so classy about an N on the side of a helmet??????? very plain people.

frankster on 5/20/2013 @ 4:26pm EDT Said:

You can win your little helmet contest but we all know whos going to win the BIG10… Go BUCKS..

Brian O. on 5/20/2013 @ 5:25pm EDT Said:

Penn State has the best uniforms and helmets in the NCAA. Why do you think the NCAA is very unhappy with the Federal Judge? Good Luck Penn State University!

gobluehadley on 5/20/2013 @ 5:59pm EDT Said:

You better hope to god you win the BT!!! If I was paying a coach $4.158 mil a yr, I’d certainly want him to win not only the BT, but at N.C. as well..I would laugh my freakin you-know-what off if he didn’t…all that money gone to waste…well, god luck to ya….

Bradysgonnablow on 5/20/2013 @ 9:19pm EDT Said:

Goblow: Well if you want the best, you have to pay the most. And there is a reason why nobody else has helmets like the meatchickens, that’s because they’re UGLY..

Frank schachtner on 5/20/2013 @ 10:20pm EDT Said:

Penn state’s helmets rank right up there with the Yankees ball caps in their simplistic beauty.can’t deny michigan’s timeless design.osu’s helmets look like my windshield after an insect hatching.

ChiTownLion◈PSU (@ChiTownLionPSU) on 5/21/2013 @ 10:22am EDT Said:

“Go Blue,” is right. Penn State Blue and White, all day long and the night.

Chris on 5/21/2013 @ 12:13pm EDT Said:

Love all the Michigan haters. Getting stomped by Michigan again. Michigan is currently #1 in the Director’s Cup standings, played in the national championship game in basketball, was ranked the #12 University in the world, and is bringing in ridiculously talented football players (without free tattoos, cars and weed cough cough Tressel) that are going to make the Wolverines regular participants in the new 4 team playoff system. Keep hatin people, we love it!

Me on 5/21/2013 @ 1:02pm EDT Said:

Chris, does the line “they may say Im a dreamer” mean anything to you? Yes everyone bows to meatchicken. Now that is funny.

ChrisK on 5/21/2013 @ 6:20pm EDT Said:

Sorry, but it’s too soon for me to use the word “class” on anything concerning Penn State football. This is part of the price y’all are gonna’ have to pay.

ChrisK on 5/22/2013 @ 10:37am EDT Said:

Sorry Brutus, but I picked Indiana in an upset over the Buckeyes, & I’m not surprised that it’s happening. OSU’s helmets are very average, despite the extra credit for tradition that I do take into consideration, but still just average. I think Indiana has their best look to date, & they should stick with it for good. I have no problem with their helmets in the final 4. I think we all have a problem with Wisky getting a bye. The only bye’s their hideous helmets deserve are in pairs, “bye-bye Bucky”

Dan on 5/26/2013 @ 2:13pm EDT Said:

The Michigan “winged helmet” is nice, but it isn’t original. Read this: http://www.spartanjerseys.com/michigan-state-football-jersey-helmet/winged-helmet/

    Chrisk on 5/26/2013 @ 11:55pm EDT Said:

    So says the “Spartan times”, or whatever it is. How many suppositions were in this article? Not accepting it as fact! & I’m an Indiana fan, not Michigan.