Things voters should know about the National Bracket
- You can vote in one or all matchups.
- You can vote every 24 hours.
- Bracket voting opens each week on Tuesday, noon Central.
- When you vote, you’ll be able to see the updated, real-time voting percentages.
- You do not need to login to vote but if you do, you can receive updates.
- Those voters who filled out predictive brackets should log in to vote in order to track their progress.
Things teams should know about the National Bracket
- You can check the real-time status of your matchup by visiting the bracket at any time after you vote.
- Teams are launching Helmet Bowl National Championship campaigns through social media, direct email, and other avenues to students, fans, student-athletes, and alumni associations.
- Teams advance each week by gathering more votes than the team they are matched up against.
- Polls reset each round, beginning and concluding at noon Central time Tuesdays
- Teams must win SIX weekly matchups to claim the Helmet Bowl National Championship
Bracket Prediction Highlights
Eighteen teams have been predicted to win Helmet Bowl I. All four #1 Seeds (Howard Bison in the East, Central Michigan Chippewas in the North, Valdosta State Blazers in the South, and Northwest Missouri State Bearcats in the West) gained at least one predictive Championship.
The lowest seeded team to gain a predictive Championship is the Coe Koehawks, a 16 Seed in the North. They face CMU in the first round!
The strongest of the four regions is the South, where five teams garnered 36 percent of all bracket winners.
Pushing the South Region to the top was the surprising 5 Seeded Kennesaw State Owl helmet, which is predicted by 18 percent of bracketologists to win Helmet Bowl I. The Owls face the Bridgewater Eagles in the first round, but then face the winner of the #1 Seed Valdosta State Blazers vs. Louisiana College Wildcats.
Next is the Stout Blue Devils. Stout crawled into the National Championship, winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Since then, Stout, the 8 Seed in the North, has summited a new helmet image, and ramped up publicity about Helmet Bowl. They will contend. The play the Valley City State Vikings in the first round.
Third, with about 8 percent of the predictive vote for a Championship, are the San Diego State Aztecs and the Ottawa Braves. San Diego, with a gorgeous helmet that did not gather a whole lot of attention in Conference play really, goes up against the Culver-Stockton Wildcats. Ottawa, which like the Blue Devils above really turned things on since Conference play, has a hard draw – the SEC Champion Arkansas Razorbacks with their chrome pig on a bright red helmet.
How they got here
Helmet Bowl started with all 777 college football team helmets playing in their own respective conference. All 76 conferences played 10 weeks of polling. The team with the most votes each week earned one point. In the end, the team with the most points won their conference. The 64 Conference Champions with the most votes qualified for the National Championship bracket.