Week 2 is underway and there are already upsets in the making. Watch closely, vote daily.
Number of Votes
22,022 votes cast in Round 1 of Helmet Bowl II Conference Championships.
Champions will Fall
Many defending Conference Champions skated through with a bye in Week 1. Others, in smaller conferences, will skate in Week 2.
No Conference Champions were eliminated this week.
Watch out though, Champions will fall. Here are some HB1 Conference Champions facing tough opponents this week:
The Georgetown Tigers face a fairly cool blue helmet with a white, blue, and red mean looking Ram helmet from Bluefield College in the Mid-South.
The classic K-State helmet showing the Wildcat design is threatened by the classic Longhorn of Texas.
Southern Miss loves to mix it up and won the Conference USA last year. They put forth this fantastic red, white, and blue eagle head this week against a strong Florida International champagne chrome FIU with a Golden Panther on a stark white helmet – a striking look.
San Diego State, last year's National runnerup, showcases a wonderfully artistic red helmet with Aztec calendar embossed upon it, but early voting shows the red-eyed, large white-stenciled Bronco of Boise State leading voting in the Mountain West.
The shiny dark purple lid of Northern Iowa showing a charging golden panther is out-showing the Indiana State Sycamore helmet – last year's Missouri Valley champ.
The Bowie State Bulldogs, Champions of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic, face a strong Shaw helmet showcasing a violent yellow bearpaw slash on a red helmet.
What match-ups are you watching closely?
Conferences Beginning this week:
Sorry to see you go:
In the Mid South, the Edward Waters College Tigers orange lid with the 1970s-look underlined scripted Tigers in blue looks to eliminate the dark-grey (silver?) helmet with the white and light grey geometric eagle of Cincinnati Christian.
The Marion Knights of the Mid States Football Association sport the school shield. We just don’t see that much anymore, but we like it. Sorry to see them go at the hand of the Saint Francis Fighting Saints – who put forth a unique sketch of a dog (St. Bernard?) carrying a small barrel (whisky keg?) on its collar.
If you pay attention to these musings, you’ll know that we are partial to the diagonally-styled helmets so we are somewhat troubled that the Hokies red and white lid will be seen no more thanks to the white on blue big D of Duke.
The Miami Hawks of the Mid-American Conference submitted a striking white helmet with a very stern bird of prey sporting a chrome silver beak. However, the artistic gold running horse head of the Western Michigan Broncos demolished in Week 1.
In the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, the Elmhurst College Bluejays were eliminated by the North Lake Vikings. It’s not really that the Bluejays had a fantastic helmet, but it is unique and we are ALWAYS partial to unique. Helmet Bowl III, jays, Helmet Bowl III.
In the Midwest Athletic, the Macalester Scots wear a tartan shield on an orange helmet, a unique look. However, the Cornell Rams, with a white block C on red helmet move on and the Scots must look to Helmet Bowl III.
The Washington and Jefferson Presidents have as elegant of helmet that exists in college football with their old style red script W & J on a soft white helmet. Yet, they are out. The Westminster Titans of Pennsylvania move on in the Presidents Athletic Conference.
The cool and somewhat unique animalistic Washington State Cougars WSC silver helmet suffers a strong challenge by the Colorado Buffalos traditional gold-ish helmet with the silhouetted buffalo and the stamped out CU.
The flouted University of Central Florida seem poised to make a quick Helmet Bowl II exit from the American Athletic Conference at the advantage of an unlikely interlocking 3-D white U and H over a shiny red Houston helmet.
Louisville’s chrome red helmet with the angry Cardinal falls to a traditional Carolina blue helmet sporting the white NC on the side with the argyle strip down the middle of the Tarheels’ lid – in the Atlantic Coast.
Also in the Atlantic Coast, mightly Clemson, with its much-copied tiger paw on its orange helmet falls to the angry lupine graphic (which somehow reminds us of a 1930s cartoon character) of North Carolina State.
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Helmet Bowl I Conference Champions
|Navy Midshipmen||American Athletic Conference||7|
|Louisiana Wildcats||American Southwest Conference||6.5|
|Syracuse Orange||Atlantic Coast Conference||5|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||Big 10 Conference||6|
|Kansas State Wildcats||Big 12 Conference||10.5|
|Idaho State Bengals||Big Sky Conference||7|
|Kennesaw State Owls||Big South Conference||7|
|Johns Hopkins Blue Jays||Centennial Conference||9|
|Bowie State Bulldogs||Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association||9|
|Lyon Scots||Central States Football League||4.5|
|Illinois-Wesleyan Titans||College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin||9|
|Elon Phoenix||Colonial Athletic Association Conference||6|
|Endicott Gulls||Commonwealth Coast Conference||6.75|
|Southern Miss Golden Eagles||Conference USA||10|
|Limestone Saints||Division II Independent Conference||4.25 (tie after 10 weeks)|
|UNC Pembroke Braves||Division II Independent Conference||4.25 (tie after 10 weeks)|
|Gallaudet Bison||Eastern Collegiate Football Conference||6.25|
|Buffalo State Bengals||Empire 8 Conference||8|
|Army Black Knights||FBS Independents||9|
|Idaho Coyotes||Frontier Conference||7|
|Southeastern Savage Storm||Great American Conference||4.25|
|Wayne State Warriors||Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||5|
|McKendree University||Great Lakes Valley Conference||7|
|Western Oregon Wolves||Great Northwest Athletic Conference||6.5|
|Concordia Nebraska Bulldogs||Great Plains Athletic Conference||6|
|Valdosta State Blazers||Gulf South Conference||10|
|Culver-Stockton Wildcats||Heart of America Athletic Conference||5.5|
|Franklin Grizzlies||Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference||7|
|Coe Kohawks||Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||4.5|
|Yale Bulldogs||Ivy League||4.5|
|Ottawa Braves||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference||7.5|
|Hobart Statesmen||Liberty League||8|
|Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds||Lone Star Conference||6.5|
|Bridgewater State Bears||Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference||7.5|
|Finlandia Lions||Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||7.75|
|NW Missouri State Bearcats||Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Conference||6|
|Central Michigan Chippewas||Mid-American Conference||11|
|Howard Bison||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||10.5|
|Georgetown Tigers||Mid-South Conference||5.5|
|Trinity Trojans||Mid-States Football Association||4|
|Misericordia Cougars||Middle Atlantic Conference||7.25|
|Illinois Blueboys||Midwest Conference||4.5|
|St. Thomas Tommies||Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||8|
|Indiana State Sycamores||Missouri Valley Conference||5.5|
|UVA-Wise Highland Cavaliers||Mountain East Conference||5.25|
|San Diego State Aztecs||Mountain West Conference||7.25|
|Colby Mules||New England Small College Athletic Conference||4|
|Merchant Marine Mariners||New England W&M Athletic Conference||6.5|
|New Jersey Lions||New Jersey Athletic Conference||5.5|
|Oberlin Yeomen||North Coast Athletic Conference||8.5|
|Valley City State Vikings||North Star Athletic Association||7|
|Southern Connecticut Owls||Northeast 10 Conference||6|
|Wagner Seahawks||Northeast Conference||8|
|Concordia Chicago Cougars||Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference||3 (tie after 10 weeks)|
|CUW Falcons||Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference||3 (tie after 10 weeks)|
|UMD Bulldogs||Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference||5|
|Linfield Wildcats||Northwest Conference||7.75|
|John Carroll Blue Streaks||Ohio Athletic Conference||6|
|Eastern Illinois Panthers||Ohio Valley Conference||8|
|Bridgewater Eagles||Old Dominion Athletic Conference||7.5|
|Oregon Ducks||PAC-12 Conference||5|
|Colgate Raiders||Patriot League Conference||4.5 (tie after 10 weeks)|
|Georgetown Hoyas||Patriot League Conference||4.5 (tie after 10 weeks)|
|Cheyney Wolves||Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference||8|
|Butler Bulldogs||Pioneer Football League Conference||7|
|Bethany Bison||Presidents' Athletic Conference||5|
|Fort Lewis Skyhawks||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||6|
|Lenoir-Rhyne Bears||South Atlantic Conference||7|
|Arkansas Razorbacks||Southeastern Conference (SEC)||4.5|
|Trinity Tigers||Southern Athletic Association||5|
|Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags||Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||9|
|VMI Keydets||Southern Conference||4.5|
|Lane Dragons||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||7.25|
|Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks||Southland Conference||6|
|MVSU Delta Devils||Southwestern Athletic Conference||5|
|Georgia State Panthers||Sun Belt Conference||5.5|
|Greenville Panthers||Upper Midwest Athletic Conference||6.5|
|Greensboro Pride||USA South Athletic Conference||6.5|
|Stout Blue Devils||Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||7|