As we lean into Week 2 of Conference play, the Sun Belt Conference has tallied the most votes.
There, the Georgia Southern Eagles lead he Texas State – San Marcos Bobcats by a bit more than 100 votes. It's all close – and remember, the top four teams in each Conference will advance to their own Helmet Bowl III Conference Championship bracket. The rest, well, they go home.
TOP 10 Conferences
You can see in the chart of the Top 10 conference vote-getters that there are 4 FBS conferences, 1 FCS conference, 1 DII conference, and 4 DIII conferences. What is your favorite conference?
|Sun Belt Conference (NCAA I – FBS)|
|Southeastern Conference (NCAA I – FBS)|
|Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA II)|
|Southland Conference (NCAA I – FCS)|
|American Southwest Conference (NCAA III)|
|Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (NCAA III)|
|Big 12 Conference (NCAA I – FBS)|
|New Jersey Athletic Conference (NCAA III)|
|American Athletic Conference (NCAA I – FBS)|
|Middle Atlantic Conference (NCAA III)|
The highest number of votes for an NAIA conference is the Frontier Conference which missed the Top 10 above by just THREE VOTES!
Though Conference play votes will not factor into which Conference Champions make it into the Helmet Bowl III National Championship bracket, the bottom ten will have a very difficult time. These are the conferences with the least number of votes, so far. Any of them could rise. Remember, the 60 Conference Champions with the most votes in their respective championship bracket will automatically be seeded into the National Championship. The remaining 20 Conference Champions may or may not be slated into the four regional play-in brackets.
Is there a Conference here you'd especially like to see advance their Champion into the National bracket?
|Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NCAA II)|
|Mid-South Conference (NAIA )|
|Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (NCAA II)|
|Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (NCAA II)|
|Sooner Athletic Conference (NAIA)|
|South Atlantic Conference (NCAA II) 2019|
|Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA )|
|Northeast-10 Conference (NCAA II)|
|Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA II) 2019|
|North Star Athletic Association (NAIA 1)|
Here we see zero Division I conferences and zero Division III conferences. DII shows six conferences and NAIA shows four.
Want your conference to rise? Vote.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
There is only one Conference which will advance all of its teams into the Conference Championship bracket – that's the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with four teams. It currently ranks 59th in voting.
Conversely, the conference which will leave behind the most teams, the Mid-South Conference, will leave 18 teams behind when its top four advance to its championship bracket.
Currently, the Faulkner Eagles and Kentucky Christian Knights are tied in voting for the lead. Vote in the Mid-South.
Final Four Check-in
Let's find out how the National Champion finalists from the past Helmet Bowl's doing.
Helmet Bowl I:
National Champion Gallaudet Bison, in the Eastern Collegiate, holds a substantial lead.
Runner up San Diego State, in the Mountain West, lead the Wyoming Cowboys by just three votes.
The Kennesaw State Owls, in very tight Big South voting, are just four votes shy of the lead, but also just eight votes shy of being eliminated. This is anyone's conference!
The Central Michigan Chippewas, in the Mid-American, currently struggle. This conference has a whole pile of great helmets. The Chips sit ninth of twelve teams. However, in Helmet Bowl, one week can make all the difference!
Helmet Bowl II:
Defending National Champion Dickinson Red Devils, in the Centennial Conference, find themselves in fourth place, WAY behind Johns Hopkins, and in danger of elimination. But the Devils are a surprising team with a strong fan base. Watch out.
HB2 Runner Up Tulsa Golden Hurricane, in the American Athletic, would be the first team eliminated if HB3 Conference voting ended now. They are in fifth, but just nine votes short of the fourth-place East Carolina Pirates.
The Maine Golden Bears, in the Colonial, hold a precarious fourth place in a great slate of helmets. Will they qualify for the Conference Championship bracket?
The Southeastern Oklahoma Savage Storm, in the Great American, have a comfortable lead there. This is also a strong conference with a lot of great helmets.
What is your slate of top ten helmets in Helmet Bowl III? Contact the Commissioner at email@example.com