OT: The Top 10 College Football Helmets

Submitted by DoctorDave on May 19th, 2010 at 12:53 PM

After reading Coach Schiano's MGoWords diary entry, it occurred to me that we need an off-season weigh in on the best college helmets. With no further ado, I present:

TIE 10. Washington State. One of the (very!) few logos that morphs the school’s name and mascot into a logo and doesn’t strain credulity. I like the WSU Cougar – and it’s the only scarlet and gray combo worthy of a top-10 ranking.

TIE 10. Kansas State. Kentucky, Northwestern, Weber State, Arizona, and Villanova all have Wildcat mascots. None of their helmets match up with the silver helmet and the purple Power Cat.

 

8. Florida State. Solid gold with a garnet and white spear and tomahawk feather. Not very PC. But definitely cool. 

 

7. Virginia. Love the V-sabres logo, with the classic V sitting atop the two crossed sabers. Neat, sharp and very cavalier. 

 

6. Georgia. Which came first: the Georgia “G” or the Green Bay “G”? It matters not to me, for the Georgia “G” is superior -- primarily because of its colors. The red helmet with the black Oval G bordered in white, even looks better when the dog bone decals are added. Love the sight of these helmets when the crowd joins the Redcoat band in "Glory Glory" and Uga takes the field.

5. Michigan State. I almost hate myself for admitting this, but I love little brother's helmet. And they did the world a favor when they abandoned the Block “S”. The Spartan is classic and would inspire an appropriate amount of fear and terror if only the heads under the lids weren't filled with mush.

4. Miami. The mascot mystifies but the helmet – with with the orange and green U – is memorable, distinctive, and classy. 

 

3. Notre Dame. Love the solid gold helmets -- no logo, no letters, no names. Polished and elegant; no frills, all business.

 

2. Texas. Solid white with the burnt orange longhorn logo branded into the helmet. The silhouette even shouts, “Hook ‘em Horns!”

 

1. Michigan. Not only THE classic winged helmet, but it tops the list in every category: tradition, uniqueness, and style. I’m not even sure how one would go about improving this helmet.

 

Your thoughts?

Extra credit: If you had to pick the best helmet in each conference, which would you choose?

Comments

RayIsaac91

May 19th, 2010 at 4:17 PM ^

I have always liked the SMU pony (better in blue and forget the association with Craig James) and the Nevada helmet.

1) UM

2) PSU

3) Texas

4) Bama

5) SMU

6) Clemson

7) Nevada

8) UCLA

9) Oregon (any version)

10) Virginia

mgolf4

May 19th, 2010 at 5:14 PM ^

11. Air Force

10. Michigan St.

 9. Georgia

 8. Texas A&M

 7. USC

 6. Texas

 5. Clemson

 4. Miami

 3. Alabama

 2. Florida St.

 1. Michigan

Beavis

May 19th, 2010 at 6:50 PM ^

I think in order to claim "best helmet" it should cover the following categories:

- Recognizable across the country / outside of the country

- Creates memories of watching college football as a youth

- Looks friggin cool

That being said, I'd have to include:

1) Michigan (of course)

In no particular order:

- Alabama

- USC

- FSU

- Miami

- Clemson

- Texas

- UCLA

- Tennessee

- Penn State

mgopoo

May 19th, 2010 at 10:55 PM ^

How can you say that State's helmet is one of the best? It has a picture of a helmet on it. A picture of a helmet, on a helmet! It's like saying, "hey, don't forget that this is a helmet!" Now pretend this was a thread on who has the best pants in college football. Would you pick a pair of pants that had a picture of pants on it? I don't think so.