Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, March 24, 2012
We're off to the semifinals of BTN.com's Big Ten football uniform bracket, and the upsets continue. No. 5 Iowa stunned No. 2 Penn State and Cinderella No. 9 Purdue is one win away from playing for it all after downing No. 10 Illinois. Also, No. 1 Michigan drilled No. 6 Michigan State to advance to the title matchup, by virtue of amassing the most quarterfinal votes.
Why the automatic berth for the Wolverines? With 12 teams in the Big Ten, the quarterfinals consisted of three matchups, which, of course, yields three semifinal teams. So, for the sake of keeping things simple, the uniform that registered the most quarterfinal votes went directly to the title matchup.
SEMIFINAL: No. 9 PURDUE vs. No. 5 IOWA
How they got here: Purdue nipped No. 4 Nebraska in the first round and took down Illinois in the quarterfinals, while Iowa breezed by Wisconsin in the opening round and upset No. 2 Penn State in the quarters.
CHAMPIONSHIP: No. 1 MICHIGAN vs. No. 9 Purdue-No. 5 Iowa (Poll to come)
How it got here: Michigan destroyed No. 12 Northwestern in the first round and put it on rival Michigan State in the quarterfinals, amassing the most votes in the process and earning the automatic berth into the title game.