#1 UNC Tar Heels vs. #9 Providence Friars
I'm willing to grant Rameses a bit more of a shot in a straight up battle compared to someone like Rodney, primarly because Rameses seems like he's angrier. He's also mastered headwear, which if it's reinforced could be the decisive factor in a physical fight.
But he's not in a physical fight. He's facing Friar Dom the Confessor. Friar Dom the Eliminator.
|Fun Fact: Friar Dom is voiced by Ian McDiarmid.|
Friar Dom the Doombringer.
#12 Chattanooga Mocs vs. #13 Stony Brook Seawolves
The fact that I allowed the Mocs through to this round is largely a function of the fact that Scrappy is frightening looking for a Mockingbird and Harper Lee wasn't from Indiana. Here, we've got at it essence a bird named after Scooby Doo's annoying nephew trying to fight a WOLF FROM THE SEA.
Stony Brook advances.
#11 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes vs. #3 West Virginia Mountaineers
Captain Cane's more or less had the run of the table so far in the bracket as it's pretty hard to say that the guy who can control the atmosphere is likely to face much challenge from a mere mortal. And normally, I'd say that probably applies to the Mountaineer himself.
However, the Mountaineer's got home court advantage, which in this case means forcing Captain Cane to try to maintain a hurricane over a series of mountains. Not the highest mountains, sure, but probably enough to get the job done. And the Mountaineer seems like he'd be cool with riding this out in a copse of trees or a cave or something.
|Jack Stillman cares not for your silly windpowers.|
West Virginia advances.
#10 Pitt Panthers vs. #2 Xavier Musketeers
It's hard for me to argue that this goes anyway other than how it did in the last round; one mascot's a cat while the other is a dude with a gun.
|Also, a cape for some damn reason or another.|
You could say, I guess, that the panther is going to provide more of a challenge in that it might actually be able to get a swipe in while the Musketeer is reloading, but beyond that we're just relying on the possibility that the French military's knowledge of North American wildlife wasn't up to snuff in the mid 1800s. I don't think that's enough
#16 Hampton Pirates vs. #8 Texas Tech Red Raiders
So, in the Plunder Bowl here, I'm not sure how to define a winner; surely, in terms of monetary value lost, it'd probably have to go to the Pirates considering the amount of freight transported by sea.
The Masked Rider, on the other hand, looks like he'd mostly steal horses and rob a few banks and have a merry old time in a small town, but might be overwhelmed by the prospect of seizing, say, a train. Handily, he's got back up from Raider Red, who carries on the tradition of representing Texas by showing us what it would be like if Sam Elliott continued to sort of age until he was nothing but mustache.
|Also happens to fit in the broad mascot category of "Similar to but legally distinct from a Warner Bros. Character"|
For that alone, I'm going with Texas Tech.
Texas Tech advances.
#5 Purdue Boilermakers vs. #13 Iona Gaels
I can't find a part of the Ulster Cycle that corresponds to Killian the Gael having to fight a train. The closest I can find to this matchup would be someone with a vaguely Irish name having to assert his dominance over a train.
Well, ok then, I guess.
#6 Seton Hall Pirates vs. #3 Utah Utes
I'm not really up on my naval lore, but it's got to be a good thing that the Utes mascot is a hawk rather than, say, an albatross. Well, good in this instance. I'd actually be a huge proponent of an Albatross mascot just to get some variety in here.
|Also, that's a beak shape that's just underrepresented in the bracket.|
As it stands, though, I think the blue-haired pirate should be capable of handling a bird.
Seton Hall advances.
#7 Dayton Flyers vs. #12 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
So here's the issue. I would defer to the fact that Dayton is higher ranked and therefore has home-field advantage and speculate that therefore a battle in the air or involving aerial warfare would favor him, but for one problem.
Lightning has wings.
|WHAT NOW, MORTALS?|
I really don't know if World War One flight programs trained pilots to deal with winged horses. I think that probably, upon seeing a horse rise into his field of vision, the Rudy might panic and make a mistake, and since I'm still presuming that Lightning has some sort of weather power, that makes the difference.
Middle Tennessee advances.