College Football 2011: Love the Lid, Power Ranking All 120 FBS Helmets
The college football universe is full of many arguments. Who is the best team? Who is the best quarterback? Who has the best defense?
But, perhaps one of the most compelling questions on the minds of many is...Who has the best lid?
College football style has become nearly as important as the game on the field, so it is only appropriate that we look at the very thing that caps it all off.
Who has the best lid in the FBS?
Let's take a look...
No. 120 UAB
A fire breathing what? Disney character?
No. 119 North Texas
A mascot might be nice.
No. 118 Ohio
A helmet with just letters seems to be outdated.
No. 117 Ole Miss
Again, letters...Ole Miss could do much, much better.
No. 116 Southern Miss
With a mascot like the Golden Eagles, you would think you would add that in somewhere.
No. 115 SMU
It is only "retro" if you have moved past it and then went back again.
This helmet is not retro.
No. 114 Michigan
Some love it, some hate it.
No. 113 FIU
One or the other, but not both. The Golden Panther would be your best choice.
No. 112 Idaho
Keep the logo, but reverse the colors.
No. 111 Illinois
They are so proud they underline it.
No. 110 Kansas
Could go with the Jayhawk here, it might be interesting.
No. 109 Louisiana-Lafayette
What does a "Ragin Cajun" look like? Come on art department, make it happen.
No. 108 Rice
You know your "R" looks like a drunk "B," right?
No. 107 San Jose
Your helmet is wac. Need a little more from your "Spartan."
No. 106 San Diego State
Aztecs were legendary warriors. You need a helmet that honors that.
No. 105 South Florida
That is a bull right?
No. 104 Tulane
Tulane could do better. I am not sure how, after all, how many ways can you draw a "Green Wave?"
No. 103 UCLA
It seems a bit boring.
No. 102 Toledo
Too much going on. Toledo and a rocket? One or the other might be sufficient.
No. 101 Tulsa
Tulsa got new uniforms, and they are awesome. However, that same old helmet needs an upgrade.
No. 100 Syracuse
One team that can go without a logo.
No. 99 Temple
It looks like it was spray painted with a stencil.
No. 98 Akron
With a mascot like "Zips" I guess you can't do much. But you could do more.
No. 97 Central Michigan
A picture says a thousand words.
No. 96 ECU
Not a very scary pirate.
No. 95 Florida
Maybe just a G would be better.
No. 94 FAU
F-A-U shame on you. You could do better—you know it's true. A better helmet—to make it through. Try it—try it—FAU.
No. 93 Memphis
Way too much going on with this logo.
No. 92 LSU
One or the other, but not both.
No. 91 Minnesota
A W that has been knocked over? Two A's on together?
No. 90 Middle Tennessee
It says "MT" as in empty. Maybe just the mascot would do.
No. 89 Marshall
Great tradition, not so great a helmet.
No. 88 Miami University Ohio
It's like the red version of Marshall. Better color though, so it gets a spot higher in our countdown.
No. 87 Northwestern
A "Z" on its side or a uptight No. 2? The color is hard to look at anyway, but the logo makes it worse.
No. 86 Louisiana-Monroe
Can you tell what that logo is?
No. 85 Missouri Tigers
Pretty plain lid.
No. 84 New Mexico State
New Mexico State Aggies football has struggled in the recent years. Maybe it's the helmet.
No. 83 Nebraska
Nebraska fans love their team's helmet.
No. 82 Troy
The Troy Trojans need an upgrade.
No. 81 Wyoming
Color and logo are not the best, other than that it is just fine.
No. 80 Vanderbilt
Logo or letter?
No. 79 Eastern Michigan
Can you see that small "E?"
No. 78 North Carolina
Hard to make out the logo.
No. 77 Ohio State
Ohio State fans love their teams traditional helmets. So this will probably not sit right with them.
No. 76 Kansas State
Similar to Washington State's logo, but yet same type of result.
No. 75 Washington State
Similar to Kansas State's logo, but yet same type of result.
No. 74 Western Michigan
The logo looks like an angry cartoon character.
No. 73 UNLV
A rebel is a cool mascot, let's see it UNLV.
No. 72 Utah Utes
Does that helmet even fit?
No. 71 West Virginia
Great team, but the helmets are not in the top 25.
No. 70 USC Trojans
They can't go bowling, but they could upgrade their helmets.
No. 69 Bowling Green
Not a bad helmet at all really, but at this point the helmets that are average are all going to be lumped together.
No. 68 Louisiana Tech
La. Tech and their traditional helmets make the list at No. 68.
No. 67 South Carolina
South Carolina makes the list at No. 67. They are a great program, but they could use a little bit of a makeover in the helmet area.
No. 66 Tennessee
Tennessee has an iconic helmet, it just doesn't look as good as some.
No. 65 UTEP
Another border line average-good lid.
No. 64 New Mexico
Another decent helmet, just missing a little something.
No. 63 Mississippi State
Mississippi State has good colors, nice uniforms, but an average helmet.
No. 62 Kentucky
Nice Color, nice logo, nice lid.
No. 61 Western Kentucky
Even though WKU sounds like a radio station, it has a pretty decent college football helmet.
No. 60 Colorado
The iconic buffalo. It's a nice helmet, now they just need to work on their defense.
No. 59 Stanford
Great quarterback, great football team, average lid.
No. 58 Northern Illinois
Could use an upgrade, but still a pretty good hat.
No. 57 UCF
Central Florida has a decent lid. It helps to have the initials of a fighting league to help you look tough. Even if they are in the wrong order.
No. 56 Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech enters our list at No. 56. The ACC has a good set of lids in its league, but Georgia Tech's ranks near the bottom.
No. 55 Duke
Simple helmet with a decent logo. Well done Duke. You prove that you care about more than just basketball.
No. 54 Virginia
Nice color, nice logo, nice helmet.
No. 53 Wisconsin
The Badgers have a way of making this helmet look tough. The competition doesn't like to see it coming for them, but Wisconsin fans like what they see.
No. 52 Buffalo
The Bulls of Buffalo have been improving their look over the years.
No. 51 Kent State
With a mascot named the "Golden Flashes" I wasn't sure what to expect.
No. 50 Arizona
Red, white and blue. How could you go wrong with that?
No. 49 Washington
Washington has a unique color, and it allows them to stand out in a crowd.
No. 48 Boston College
Simple, but stylish.
No. 47 North Carolia State
Similar to another college I won't name, but yet with with a little better look.
No. 46 Wake Forest
Don't hang your head Wake Forest. You made the top 50.
No. 45 Virginia Tech
Easy to recognize, hard to ignore, the VT.
No. 44 Texas A&M
It spells ATM, but it doesn't dispense cash, just touchdowns.
No. 43 Louisville
Louisville is having a down year, but their helmet is up to No. 43 on the countdown.
No. 42 Pitt
This helmet is cool for many reasons. The traditional and iconic feel of this helmet helps it make its way to as high as 42 on this list.
No. 41 California
It has lost a little luster this year, but still a great hat.
No. 40 Auburn
This won't probably be high enough on the list for Auburn fans, but it is what it is.
No. 39 Nevada
The Wolfpack have a howling good helmet.
No. 38 Arkansas State
Great color combination, cool logo, good enough for top 40.
No. 37 Ball State
An upgrade from their old helmets for sure.
No. 36 Purdue
A very good traditional helmet that has been upgraded without ruining the look of days past.
No. 35 Penn State
Proving you can wear white after Labor Day.
No. 34 Texas Tech
Big T, little t, black, red, awesome.
No. 33 Texas
One of the most recognizable helmets in college football.
No. 32 Cincinnati
Very creative and well thought out logo.
No. 31 Connecticut
Great colors, simple logo, but good enough.
No. 30 Baylor
Baylor's helmet is baptized at No. 30 on our countdown.
No. 29 Clemson
You have to love the paw.
No. 28 Utah State
Cool design, too bad Utah State keeps losing heart breakers.
No. 27 Oregon State
They make a beaver look tough.
No. 26 Fresno State
Classic bulldog, classic helmet.
No. 25 Rutgers
A classic helmet good enough for the top 25.
No. 24 B.Y.U.
Y pick this No. 24? Y not.
No. 23 Oklahoma State
A cutting edge look with a classic style.
No. 22 Miami
The classic U.
No. 21 Indiana
Hoosier No. 21 lid in the FBS?
No. 20 Houston
So who made the top 20? Uh...
No. 19 Florida State
Florida State has one of the most decorative helmets around.
No. 18 Colorado State
Colorado State is an interesting helmet. Gee, I wonder what their mascot is?
No. 17 Iowa State
The Iowa State Cyclones and their choice of lots of red.
No. 16 Michigan State
It's a "Sparty" party at No. 16.
No. 15 Iowa
No. 14 TCU
They make purple look mean.
No. 13 Hawaii
The Warriors out on the island wear some pretty stylish lids.
No. 12 Georgia
The classic Georgia helmet is a keeper.
No. 11 Arizona State
The new helmets at Arizona State are inspired.
No. 10 Arkansas
The Razorbacks enter the countdown in the top 10.
No. 9 Oklahoma
Oklahoma has staying power, and so does their helmet.
No. 8 Navy
In the Navy, you can sail the seven seas. Or, you can wear a golden helmet.
No. 7 Army
The Army camo helmet rocks and you know it.
No. 6 Air Force
They bring the thunder and the lightning.
No. 5 Maryland
Love them or hate them, they took a risk.
No. 4 Notre Dame
Notre Dame does not need a logo of any kind to make their helmet classic.
No. 3 Alabama
This is where classic and traditional are good, very good.
No. 2 Boise State*
*The "Stormtrooper" helmet for the Broncos finds its way to near the top of the list. The Bronco blue helmets would be ranked top 20 at best, but this helmet is near the tops.
No. 1 Oregon
Oregon has become known for multiple uniform combinations. One thing is for sure, every combination has an amazing lid.
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