The Equipment staff of the UCLA Bruins sent us a sweet white facemask on a white helmet image they wore a week ago for the Helmet Bowl Week 5 poll. The new helmet helped the Bruins slip past the USC Trojans by ONE VOTE to claim the PAC 12 this week, giving UCLA its first point.
Speaking of the PAC 12, with the UCLA win in Week 5, that makes five different teams with one point each – a five-way tie for the lead. Other teams with a point are the Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, Utah Utes, and Washington Huskies. Remember, at the end of Conference polling (10 weeks) in the event of a tie, the team with the most votes will win the Championship. As of now, that’s Utah.
Helmet Bowl I Week 5 voting also created a five-way tie in the Southland Conference. The teams with one point each are: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, Abilene Christian Wildcats, Northwestern State Demons, Central Arkansas Bears, and McNeese State Cowboys.
Michigan just keeps edging out other Big 10 teams for weekly wins. They earn their fourth point in Week 5 with a ONE VOTE win over the Ohio State Buckeyes.
SEVEN teams have captured all five points in Helmet Bowl Conference Championships so far, down from eleven undefeated last week. Dropping out of the list are the Navy Midshipmen, Texas-Permian Basin Falcons, Merchant Marine, and Thomas More. The undefeateds are: Central Michigan Chippewas, San Diego State Aztecs, Army Black Knights, Howard Bison, Bowie State Bulldogs, Valdosta State Blazers, and Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.
The top Top 5 Conferences with Week 5 votes, in order: Gulf South, Conference USA, Mountain West, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics, and the PAC-12.
Top 5 Teams with Week 5 votes, in order: Valdosta State Blazers, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, San Diego State Aztecs, Howard Bison, and the NW Missouri State Bearcats.
The Kansas State Wildcats, after a tie with rival Kansas Jayhawks in Week 4, take Week 5 handily and win the Big 12 point.
Yale wins their first outright week in Week 5, giving them their first full point and bringing the Bulldogs into an Ivy League tie with the Princeton Tigers. They ran away with this one, folks.
In the Missouri Valley, the Indiana State Sycamores rode the momentum they started in Week 4 with a new helmet image to win Week 5 as well.
They now pull even with the North Dakota State Bison for the Conference lead.
The Navy Midshipmen were upended this week for the first time in Helmet Bowl. Southern Methodist, with that chrome Mustang insert on the side of their helmet, takes Week 5. They will have to do it again, at least three more times, to pull with Navy.