The Rutgers Scarlet Knights‘ uniform combinations this season have all been pretty slick and their helmet contribution for “Heroes Day” (Nov. 10) is no exception, but they won’t be the only school donning red, white and blue on the side of their lids. The New Mexico Lobos unveiled their own helmets paying tribute to the members of the United States’ armed forces, both past and present.
Despite suffering a loss at the hands of the Kent State Golden Flashes, Rutgers still has a chance for an impressive season. They battle the Army Black Knights this weekend before finishing the regular season with road games against the Cincinnati Bearcats and Pittsburgh Panthers with a clash against the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals to cap off the slate.
Louisville and Rutgers are currently undefeated in Big East play. If both teams remain undefeated, that contest will determine the Big East’s BCS representative.
New Mexico hasn’t had such a banner year. The Lobos boast the No. 5 rushing attack in the country, piling up over 302 yards per game, but have won only four games. Wins against the Wyoming Cowboys, Nevada Wolfpack and Colorado State Rams are musts if New Mexico will even be considered, let alone eligible, for a bowl bid.
As far as “patriotic” helmets go, Rutgers and New Mexico got it right. You can actually tell there’s an individual school paying tribute and the flag’s colors against a solid shell are always the way to go. When it has a certain USFL quality to it, that’s never a bad thing, either. These two get the Seal of Approval®.
Brandon Cavanaugh is a college football columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America. Feel free to follow him on Twitter and join in on the conversation.