As the NFL scouting combine concludes today, it marks 66 days until the NFL Draft. There won’t be any competitive football played for another 191 days, when the NCAA season begins on the evening of Friday, Sept. 4, with several games. Technically, though, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, featuring the Louisville Cardinals and the Auburn Tigers, doesn’t take place until the following day, so we’ll call it 192 days until football resumes, because the Friday night match-ups are honestly less impressive than Jameis Winston’s 4.97-second 40 time.
Regardless, I think we can all agree, that many days is way too long to go without any football actually being played. Despite the fact that ESPN will air “NFL Live” literally every day until then attempting to fill the void, it just won’t be the same.
So, for the time being, we’re just left trying to find other ways to fill our football fix. Luckily, these NCAA helmet redesigns might just be enough for you to hold on to for now, along with some wishful thinking that maybe your alma mater will actually adapt one of these, because they’re awesome.
Coming courtesy of graphic designer Dylan Young, these hard hats would look excellent flying around NCAA football fields this fall. “Deeyung,” as he goes by, notes that the designs part of his “Fresh Football Helmets” collection certainly aren’t intended to replace helmets already donned by teams; rather, they’re just some inspiration for a third (or in Oregon’s case, like, 158th) uniform kit.
Here are some of the best designs I came across. It only feels right to lead off with the defending national champions and some of its Big Ten conference adversaries:
Ohio State Buckeyes
Penn State Nittany Lions
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The SEC is coming in hot as it usually does. Maybe these redesigns can take away the pain of heartbreak after faltering in the postseason. Then again, maybe not, but they’re impressive nonetheless.
Texas A&M Aggies
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Ole Miss Rebels
Alabama Crimson Tide
They’re all really fresh, I know.
Deeyung created some pretty stellar designs for the Pac-12, too. Despite the conference already being known for having the most outlandish kits in the NCAA, he managed to find a way to improve upon some of them.
California Golden Bears
Oregon State Beavers
Arizona State Sun Devils
No question these ACC mock-ups would definitely turn heads, too.
Florida State Seminoles
North Carolina Tar Heels
Duke Blue Devils
Boston College Eagles
Virginia Tech Hokies
Living up to its reputation, the Big 12 isn’t looking too shabby, either.
TCU Horned Frogs
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Iowa State Cyclones
West Virginia Mountaineers
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Kansas State Wildcats
And who could argue that the service academies and classically independent Notre Dame are a bad way to round it out?
Army Black Knights
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Some quality stuff here, right guys? I was straight blown away by most of the designs I came across. It’s always cool to see how someone else envisions a concept, and these renderings pretty easily one-up most of the helmets we currently (as in, 192 days from now) see on the fields every Saturday. It would be awesome to see some of them inspire some real-life products, too. The designs seem to be an ongoing project, so be sure to check out Deeyung’s Instagram page to see if your team receives a feature if it hasn’t already. .