Three conferences required an extra week, a playoff, to determine their Helmet Bowl Conference Champion.
Earning an entry into the National Championship bracket of 64 teams is the Colgate Raiders. Wow. The Raiders were hardly on the radar three or four weeks ago. They charged forward, tied the Georgetown Hoyas in the final week, then crushed them in the playoff week! The voters are behind this team and could push Colgate deep into the bracket. Colgate vs. Bowie State Bison in Round 1 of the East Region could be a jewel of a match-up.
DII Lacrosse powerhouse Limestone Saints took it to the UNC Pembroke Braves in the playoffs to win the DII Independent contest. Limestone, in picturesque Gaffney, S. C. (we lived there for two years in the late 80s) deserves congratulations. With their votes, they could make noise in Helmet Bowl II.
The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference was one of the most contested conferences in Helmet Bowl. In the end, the CUW Falcons fell to the Concordia Chicago Cougars. Congratulations Cougars!
Predict the National Championship Bracket
So, Tuesday at noon we will open the National Championship Bracket early! We invite you to fill in a bracket (you know, like you do in early March with those guys who handle the round ball). Fill in the bracket, compete with your friends, family, staff. Then get ready to vote for real on Tuesday, Nov. 28 and see how well you did!
So, this is going to be fun. We still have room for more commentators for the National Helmet Bowl bracket. Just shoot us a message at HelmetBowl@HelmetTracker.com and we'll get you started. It's not hard. We just ask you about a couple of bracket matchups and get your predictions and observations. What helmets do you like?
A Note to Equipment Managers
Equipment Managers – the work you do is seen by everyone, and noticed by few. We thank you for making Helmet Bowl I possible. Thank you for sending your helmet images, for letting us interview you, and for getting the word out about Helmet Bowl.
We love working with you! Good luck to the 64 Equipment Managers who have an opportunity now to see their helmet crowned Helmet Bowl I National Champion!
And, to you, the Voters
Thank you, voters in the Helmet Bowl Conference Championships. We received Tens of Thousands of votes and sometimes weeks were won by a single vote! It was an amazing experience and we are already working on Helmet Bowl II.
Thank you for voting. We said 11 weeks ago when we started the Conference Championship that Together We Would Determine the Best College Football Helmet in the Nation. Well, we've taken the first two of three steps.