Opponents will get a face full of Arizona Wildcats next season.
ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted out the following image that is apparently the new Arizona facemask, which features the program's logo adorning the front grill.
UPDATE: Monday, June 10, 2:55 p.m. ET
Well, it seems some things are too good to be true. Via SportsNation, the helmets may just be the work of fan fiction, but that doesn't mean we can't daydream.
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I have to admit, I was just a tad bit confused when I first took in the image of an "A" dominating the facemask. It almost has an optical illusion quality to it.
Perhaps my feeble brain was unprepared to see a logo in uncharted territory. But after a brief second of disorientation, I am fully on board.
I can only hope for more schools to adopt the creative placement that BadAss Masks did in this iteration. Not that this is the only change being made at Arizona.
College Spun pointed out that Arizona will have a slick new field complete with "'ghost lettering' of the university’s motto 'Bear Down' faded into the turf itself."
The blog provided the following screenshot on the field's current progress.
I am interested to hear what you college football fans think about facemasks now featuring school's logos, departing from the classic and streamlined look of older helmets.
We are traipsing quickly to far more garish ends when it comes to football fashion. Schools are now content to make their mark and garner headlines with audacious-looking uniforms.
Uniforms and helmets have slowly become just as important as winning ballgames when it comes to getting noticed on the national stage.
Arizona fired off one giant shot at other programs with facemasks I am convinced will be a hit with fans.
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