When you hear a college's name one of the first images your mind conjures up is that of the school's football helmet. A symbol which is an undefiable representation of both the football program and the university as whole.
At one time most helmets looked the same. In the late 1800s you mainly saw plain leather head caps that all resembled one another. Some schools such as Princeton and Michigan had taken the winged look to distinguish themselves. Still they weren't very flashy or identifiable.
In 1939 the game of college football experienced a sweeping transformation thanks to John T. Riddell and his son. It was that year that the football helmet we relate to now a days was invented and patented.
Since that time they have become a fashion statement and a way in which universities brand themselves.
When watching a pregame show you always see the two opposing teams helmets facing one another. It serves as a prelude to the impending collision which will soon occur.
As a kid you'd look at those helmets in pure awe. You'd notice the little details. The way in which they shine in the sun. How they appear with rain drops sliding off of them or the manner in which they blend with a back drop of falling snow.
Whatever the case they were ingrained in you and became permanent images which you related to that school because of.
Many teams have tweaked and revamped their helmets to garner more attention from fans.
Team helmets, colors and logos are big money. Fans and alumni buy tons of college apparel and merchandise.
Kids get replica helmets and pretend to be football players for that school. They dream of one day being able to run out of a tunnel or into an end zone with that helmet on their heads.
It also influences some recruits. They picture themselves with that look on national television. In some cases it even sways them on which school to attend.
We will now take a look at the Top 20 helmets in college football.