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MAC Mascot Mania Bracket Update: Round 2

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We’re officially in the bracket proper after the play-in games! Who made it in to the dance?

Illustration: James H. Jimenez; photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, James H. Jimenez, Kenneth Bailey

Welcome back to the MAC Mascot Mania Bracket!

Last week, we asked you to vote for your favorite MAC mascots, and you responded in droves, as every one of our “play-in” games had over 300 votes! This week is where the real fun begins, as we bring you four different matchups to vote on to see who ends up in the semi-finals.

(In case you missed our explainer on how we set up the bracket last week, you can read it here.)

Without further ado: the results!

  • #8 Buster Bronco vs. #9 Swoop the Eagle (EMU)

The cult of Buster came in the clutch, as the likeable Bronco picks up a rivalry win over Swoop the Eagle in this Michi-MAC matchup. As could be expected from an 8-9 matchup, it was the closest of our three listed games, with Buster taking away a 64-36 percent victory. Buster will now try to take down the #1 overall seed in Victor E. Bull.

  • #7 Rufus the Bobcat vs. #10 Flash the Golden Eagle

The ever-popular Rufus took a commandng win over Kent State’s Flash, with a final score of 75-25 percent. It’s a finals-worthy matchup in Round 2, as Rufus will draw the #2 overall seed in Akron’s Zippy, who once won the Capital One Mascot Challenge.

  • #6 Freddie Falcon vs. #11 Mission/Victor E. Huskie

Our first major upset of the tournament, as the live and costumed mascot brought their combined powers to take down Freddie in the late going, by a final score of 76-24 percent. Freddie had picked up a pretty slim lead with a few days left in the proceedings before NIU made a major push to get their friends across the line. Our fearsome duo will take on Swoop the RedHawk in Round 2.

Here’s how the bracket currently looks after those results:

Illustration: James H. Jimenez; Photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, James H. Jimenez, Kenneth Bailey and Alex Alvarado

Now, it’s time to vote once again using the links below! Each contest will be up until August 19 at ~1:53-2 p.m. EST, so be sure to share with your friends and get those campaigns going.