Over the past two weeks we have whittled down the field from 12 logos to two. Amazingly, the two that Drew and I chose for the top two seeds (The Beaver and Bruin) have advanced to the final! Voting will go all week long and then we will crown the winner. Here we go!
#1 Oregon State vs #2 UCLA
Connor’s thoughts: Not much to say about this other than it’s a great matchup. I’ll take the Bruin because of everything I’ve mentioned before; the punctured football, the bear tracks, it’s just all too much for the Beaver.
Drew’s thoughts: Given the Bruins’ struggles on the football field of late (not that their basketball exploits have been terrific), the football in the ESPNU logo turns me off a bit. Plus, the OSU logo is just a more clever take all the way around. I’ll take the favorite in the all-chalk final.
Two rounds have been completed in the ESPNU Pac-12 Logo Tourney, and I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with the field going into the semis. We have the top two overall seeds (Oregon State and UCLA), a sixth-seeded sleeper (Arizona State), and a Cinderella (#11 Washington State). Now it’s on to the semifinals, where the #1 Beaver meets the #6 Sun Devil, and the #2 Bruin takes on the #11 Cougar. Voting will go all weekend long and the championship will be held on Monday. Here we go!
#1 Oregon State vs #6 Arizona State
Connor’s thoughts: This is by far the toughest matchup to pick so far. I’ve already stated all of the things I like about these in previous posts, but I think the Beaver edges out the Devil. The Beaver is just more life-like, from the fur to the buck-teeth and tail. I may be the only one who thinks this, but the Devil looks too flat and still.
Drew’s thoughts: This is a stacked semifinal, as I’d frankly take either of these by a wide margin over either entry on the other side of the bracket. But I’ve still got to take Sun Devils here. Loving the smoke, the burnt wood and the pitchfork all in addition to the Devil himself.
#2 UCLA vs #11 Washington State
Connor’s thoughts: As much as I like a good Cinderella, the Bruin just has so much detail that it can’t be left out of the championship. The Cougar is solid, but in the end it’s just too plain.
Drew’s thoughts: So we’ve got a cat with no eyes up against a football-stomping blind-folded bear from a basketball school? Hmm. Still not sure how the non-descript cougar from WSU made it this far, but I would not like to run up against that bear in a dark alley. Gimme the Bruins by default.
That’s it! Make sure to vote and check back Tuesday for the Championship!