Ranking the Best Helmets in the Big Ten

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By Michael Cahill

I’ll be honest—these helmets were a lot harder to pick than the SEC helmets. The Big Ten has done a nice job with most of its helmets. I think I’ll get a lot of flak for having some of the bigger-name programs on the list, but they do have some of the coolest helmets.

I had to award points for being original and then points for just keeping it simple. Purple is original. The plain white is simple. Penn State was a no-brainer. What an iconic and simple helmet.

I mentioned I’m an Notre Dame fan, so maybe that’s why I have such an affinity for the simple solid helmet. Of course, I’m sure you’ll disagree, but that’s OK.

Look, it’s a pretty subjective list, so feel free to give me your top five. But let’s try to remember it’s not about being a fan—it’s about just appreciating the style of the helmet. 

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