College Football Fashion Show: Top 16 Modern Team Helmets
College Football has many great things about it. One of those things is the helmet the players wear.
The logo on the helmet defines the school's colors and mascot. The logo on the helmet unites the team when it comes into the huddle, or races onto the field in an important game.
The logo colors the game of college football, a mighty force in sports. I will review my list of the Top 16 Modern College Football Helmets.
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Please enjoy my presentation on College Football's Top 16 Modern Helmets.
The Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide in the state of Alabama overshadow the UAB Blazers football team. The football team has only been around since 1991.
In 1993, because it had no mascot, the UAB symbol was an arrow pointing like this (
Oklahoma could be higher in the rankings, but many great helmet designs shoved them back in the rankings. The OU symbol has been with the Sooners almost forever, and is one of college football's perennial designs. From 1962- 1965, according to the "Helmet Project" site, OU wore a white helmet with a red stripe and a jersey number on it.
14. West Virgina
The Mountaineers have used the curved WV helmets only since 1980. The old helmets showed the state of West Virginia, and the WVU letters on it. In the first few years West Virginia used these helmets the blue was slightly lighter.
The cursive "Gators" and the blue and white stripe go together very well, and the primary color, bright orange, fits great. The Gators have been using the current design since 1979. Occasionally, the Gators will wear a white helmet with a blue F in the center.
Iowa's jerseys and helmets, you may notice; are based off of the Pittsburgh Steelers wardrobe. This was ex- Iowa coach Harden Fry's idea.
I like Fry's idea, and this put Iowa No. 12 on the list. Everything but the logo is similar to the Steelers jerseys.
The big G of the Bulldogs helmets is as same as the Packers, except it is red. Georgia's logo and helmet are another traditional design in college football.
10. Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech has been using the same logo on their helmets for a long, long time, but got a brighter shade of gold and a sick new jersey for the 2008 season.
9. South Carolina
The garnet helmets of the 1980s and 1990s may have been better, but these are still great. The Gamecock is clearly shown along with two garnets and one black stripe in the center. Carolina also has some new Under Armour wardrobe that was introduced in 2008.
The Longhorn logo is awesome, especially with the orange jersey. You could see how awesome the Longhorns' helmets looked in the 2005-2006 Rose Bowl National Championship.
You can see how classic LSU's helmets look right here, in this picture. I love how the tiger looks and the LSU letters plastered on the side. The Bayou Bengals classic, white home jerseys make the look even sweeter.
6. Florida State
Florida State's helmet logo has really improved since the tomahawk was added in 1976. The Seminoles used to be the shape of Florida with "State" on it, and many other designs.
Obviously, this is the best one yet. I like the mini tomahawk stickers they put on the sides and the front.
Florida State and Utah have clearly shown that Native American logos are the rocking the rankings. A capital "U" with two feathers sticking on the back with a red color coating is why Utah is standing at number five. If you watched the 2009 Sugar Bowl, you would have seen how impressive the Utes' helmets were looking.
With gold surrounding with a Black Star and a white V on the inside, you know Vanderbilt’s helmets are the best of the best. Vanderbilt's design has been only used since 2002, and in 1990; Vanderbilt had an earlier version of these helmets.
Since 1987, California's design has been a cursive Cal. Last year, Cal added a stripe down the middle. Anyhow, these helmets need some help with Cal's ugly jerseys. The helmets though, are fantastic.
Alabama's helmet might as well be the most old school and traditional in all of college football. Alabama used a white helmet with red numerals and a stripe during the late 1980's, while wearing white (road) jerseys. It had a striking look.
1. Miami (FL)
The Miami Hurricanes might as well have the most unique logo in all of college football. The Hurricanes were about to have an "M" on the helmet, but they changed it to a U in 1972, and it has been there ever since.