From the Big 12 to the Empire 8, number one seeds were upset and eliminated from their Conference Championship bracket.
The biggest upset? Thomas More Saints defeated the mighty Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Independent bracket. Also in the Independent, the Liberty Flames advanced past the West Point Army Black Knights. Whoa!
This is why Helmet Bowl is the Greatest College Football Helmet Contest Ever! You decide which helmet advances. Not us. Not some talking head in New York or LA. Not some group of guys sitting around drinking beers deciding the best (unless you are drinking beers and voting).
Here are the other 14 upsets (each of the headlines are linked straight to voting).
The Morningside Mustangs defeated the Hastings Broncos to face the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers.
American Athletic Conference
The North Carolina State Wolfpack defeated Pitt Panthers to face the Louisville Cardinals.
The Kansas State Wildcats came back to defeat Iowa State in the last few hours of voting. Now, they face the West Virginia Mountaineers. Both teams have worn more attractive helmets this season – send them in!
The Oregon State Beavers must be pleased to knock off the Oregon Ducks to advance to the PAC 12 Conference Championship where they face the Colorado Buffalos (who, by the way, defeated one of our favorite helmets – that of the Stanford Cardinals).
Well, Georgia got beat this weekend on the gridiron, then drops out of Helmet Bowl due to a very strong Vanderbilt helmet. However, the upset was Ole Miss defeating #1 seeded Mississippi State.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves beat the plain but attractive Georgia Southern Eagles helmet to face the nice Texas State San Marcos Bobcats in the Conference Championship.
The Sacred Heart Pioneers beat the perennially strong Wagner Seahawks, earning a contest with the Robert Morris Bobcats.
Pioneer Football League
The Stetson Hatters, no stranger to Conference Championships, defeated the Marist Red Foxes to face the Davidson Wildcats for the ultimate prize.
The Central Arkansas Bears beat a strong McNeese State helmet to face the Lamar Cardinals in the Championship.
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Hearkening back to Helmet Bowl I, the Central Missouri Mules have battled and battled against the Northwest Missouri Bearcats. This time, the Mules provide the upset. Now, they met the Nebraska Kearney Lopes for all the MIAA marbles.
The Bentley Falcons swiped away the LIU Post Long Island Pioneers to face the cool Saint Anselm Hawks for the cheese.
The Upper Iowa Peacocks always seem to find a way to be in the mix. They upset the St. Cloud State Huskies to give themselves a chance at a Conference Championship. Standing in the way: The Minnesota State Morehead Dragons. Great matchup here.
The Newberry Wolves place a howling canine in a big block N and it works – at least it worked to upset the Lenoir=Rhyne Bears. Now, the Wolves must face a charging Limestone Saints team.
The Alfred Saxons put up a unique and attractive helmet – usually a winning combination. Not in Helmet Bowl III. The Utica Pioneers came along and defeated them to match up against the Saint John Fisher Cardinals for the trophy.