Top 10 College Football Helmets

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I must be completely upfront with you here. I’m a classics guy. I much prefer the simple, traditional look of uniforms and helmets to some of the new age flair we’re seeing now. Give me the plain look of Penn State over the flash of Oregon’s tops. Texas Tech has glittery helmets for fuck sake. That shit irritates me.

I also gave precedence to more prominent programs. This will make the list a little more relevant. There are likely some sharp looking helmets in some lower-tier conferences that I’m going to leave out, but that’s only because not many people care about them. Sorry. It’s just the truth.

10. Texas A&M

 

There’s something about the obnoxiously oversized “T” that gets me. It could be my Texas roots or just my admiration for all things proud and pompous. I dig it, though. Maroon is pretty bleh, but I’m looking past it.

9. Florida State

 

Of all the headpieces on my list, the one of the Florida State Seminoles stands out the most. It’s the only one with a little flair to it. I wouldn’t put it in the “busy” category, but it definitely has more going on than the rest here. The garnet and gold color combo works really well too, and the spear is intimidating.

8. Arizona

 

The University of Arizona does have a football team, and they look sharp when they hit the field. The navy helmet is a good look, and the simple “A” in red and white is a great looking natural color contrast. They’re not lighting up any scoreboards in these things, though.

7. Vanderbilt

 

See Arizona. These two teams would hit the field against each other in a brutal knock-down drag-out pillow fight for the ages. The competition for best dressed might be more intense, though. Black and white on gold looks great, and the star is working for them.

6. Penn State

 

Boring, simple, and clean. I told you I appreciate the classics, and this helmet is a true college football classic. This theme transitions into the home uniforms, too: navy with white block numbers, white piping, and no names on the back. It just screams Penn State, and it is among the sharpest in the country.

5. Michigan

 

The maize and blue winged helmet typically resides in the top 3 of similar lists as this one. The design was originally adopted to assist the Michigan quarterbacks in identifying their receivers down the field. Now, it’s synonymous with the rich tradition of college football’s all-time winningest program and just looking bad ass.

4. Oklahoma

 

The bright white interlocking block letters against the rich crimson color just looks great. I’m sounding redundant, but it’s classic and understated. It doesn’t need to be over-the-top and flashy. Everyone already knows about OU football.

3. Alabama

 

From all the love I give the University of Alabama football program around here, it would seem as if I’m a Tide fan. I’m not. I just give credit where credit is due, and Alabama has their act together in multiple facets of the game. The simple design of the helmet with each player’s number included is a great touch, and unique.

2. Texas

 

The University of Texas steer head logo is among the most recognizable in all of sports, and the burnt orange color is the only of its kind. Aside from its recognizable and unique qualities, it’s simple, sharp, and classic looking. Throw that white helmet atop the all-white away jerseys, and you’re looking at one sharply dressed football player.

1. Notre Dame

 

Iconic. Tradition. History. There are so many words that can be used to describe the Notre Dame football helmet. They are golden in color to resemble the university’s golden dome, making them the most recognizable piece of an athletic uniform, perhaps in sports history. To this day, Notre Dame still uses real 23.9 karat gold flakes in the paint. These helmets are unmatched.

Note: Alternate helmet designs not considered.

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      ATX0476

      Dorisa you are a dumbass. I don’t love either of your schools, but your ignorance offends me. Better football team now? You won last year… before that you got that ass stomped for years on end. 9 out of the last 11 years. And I guess to someone with your arrogant logic all schools besides Harvard and Michigan hand out shit degrees? Take a lap.

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      Sasha_

      lol bro 4 realz where is ohio st8′s helmet ?!?!? #smh dood. nice 2 meet u names Sasha. alritey l8r bro !! Byee -sasha

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      Fraternity Lifestyle

      Alright, first and foremost, fuck Ohio State. The entire state of Michigan shits in Ohio’s face. Second of all, go fucking Green. Whooped both of your asses this past season. When it comes to OSU vs. Michigan, even as an MSU fan, I put the UM hate down because state bragging rights are on the line and Ohio sucks balls. Greek-wise, MSU has the best girls of the three by far (#2 in the B1G, edged out by IU). OSU, being huge, has some decent chicks. There are a few cuties at UM, but they are few and very far between. Fuck Ohio, Go Green.

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      Go Green Blow White

      ^ Well put. Other than that I would choose OSU over UM in that one. It’s always an extra victory for me when Michigan loses. UofM women are 75% lesbian and/or hippies.

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      TheFertileTurtle

      Getting into schools isn’t the problem, that’s easy enough. Hell, I bet most of us could get into pretty much every school in the nation. You should pick your school based on the amount of scholarships you receive. I’m an engineering major and I know for my degree that you can’t look at these rankings to be that accurate, you need to take into account a shit ton more factors.

      Also, why do so many of ya’ll do business? Only a select few of ya’ll will actually become successful with a run of the mill business degree, its so common

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      DorsiaMaitreD

      Greek life at MSU is small and from what I’ve seen, full of cargo shorts and Jordan’s. And OSU…come on,…I hope you’re happy with your worthless degree after 4 years at one of the worst schools in the country. Go Blue.

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      AEKDBrosu

      Yo Dorsia, not trying to beat a dead horse or anything, but your ignorance is beyond belief. Ohio State is a top 20 public university that serves over 50,000 students. If you knew how tough of a school it was to get in to(especially in Ohio), I’m sure your smug ass would shut thaaa fuck up. I, too, was accepted at U of M (I applied because I received a letter saying how much money in scholarships I could receive). Just a side note, I love how Michigan calls Ohio State “Ohio” and mocks the university, yet they lose to Ohio University during March Madness. Go Bucks.

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        DorsiaMaitreD

        I mean if we’re getting down to it, Michigan is a better school (#4), it has a better football team, both now(beat osu last year), and in the past(winningest program in history). I agree y’all have made some strides in recent years but were not going to end the rivalry that has spilled over from football into every other aspect. I extend the olive branch until the fall.. Extending the olive branch.NF…ik

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      Bro Hossler

      ^^^ Michigan is for the most part a better academic institution than OSU. That being said, an Ohio State degree is nothing to sneeze at. The Fisher School of Business is a top ranked business school for both graduate and undergraduate programs. Ross is just marginally better. In a Wall Street Journal ranking, Michigan was 1 and we were 2. Overall, Ohio State is perennially top 50 for all universities and in the top 15 for public schools. It is far from a “worthless degree”. Combined with a better Greek life and a far better overall experience, I’d say they’re on par with each other. Please review your facts, sir:
      http://fisher.osu.edu/about/ranking-and-statistics/rankings/

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        DorsiaMaitreD

        Penn,Harvard,Michigan are the top business schools. Don’t bring that bullshit around here… And just because hot girls that are dumb are easier to find doesnt mean that a good school doesn’t have them.

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          Bro Hossler

          That statement right there shows a flagrant lack of intelligence. And by the way, I was admitted To Michigan. I wasn’t willing to take the risk of not getting into the business school after my freshman year. The rankings show that Fisher, currently ranked 6th, is on par with Ross, currently ranked 3rd, according to US News and World Report. While not better, or even as good, the two are certainly comparable. Fuck off my friend an don’t try to say that you guys are on par with Wharton Business School of Penn. Fisher, Ross, and McCombs at UT are all on the same level, asshole.

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            Bro Hossler

            Excuse me, I wasn’t talking about overall school ranking (which we still have a more than respectable rank for). I’m talking about what almost all of us here are majoring in and what really matters: business. Taking out nursing, liberal arts, engineering, and all of the other irrelevant bullshit, OSU and U of M are really on the same level. In a 2010 WSJ poll from work recruiters, we were 1 and 2 in a ranking for best business and
            Economics programs. In US News, we are also comparable, as I’ve already proven. And as far as sports and Greek life, come on, let’s just not go there. Don’t look ignorant to everyone on this whole site. Like everything in life, it’s about the present. In the present for us, we have Urban Meyer and one hell of a basketball team. In your present, you’ve got Brady Joke and a sub par at best basketball team. As we climb up the academic ranks and continue to succeed on the field, now more than ever, we really don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan.

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      The Big LeFratski

      “Better football team now.” Whhat are we talking about, one season? OSU has beaten Michigan 9 out of the last 11 times. That seems one sided to me. On the OSU side.

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      Go Green Blow White

      ^If you’re talking about a better football team, we have beaten scUM for the past 4 years. And we also beat OSU this (past season), too. Michigan is a good school, especially if you’re going to be a doctor or some shit. And I’ll respect a man that goes there. But I hate all those Wal-Mart Wolverine fucks that barely made it out of high school. Let alone ever had a chance of being accepted into that University, yet claim it to be “their team”. However, as a Spartan, I like Ohio State, because they hate Michigan as much as I do. Go Green.

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