By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on August 8, 2014
With over 200 programs spread out across Division I and II NCAA college football, programs present new helmet and uniform concepts yearly, so it's criminalistic to try and narrow this list down to only 10 worthy candidates. With a blend of traditional and new age buckets, here is an honest attempt.
Simplistic, crisp hand-written letters that spell out Gators with the atypical color combination of royal blue and orange, the University of Florida elected to not make UF or the image of the green gator graphic their featured logo. In doing so, they separated themselves from a number of programs with a unique look.
Originally created as the official logo of the NFL's Green Bay Packers, Georgia recognized the beauty and tradition behind the iconic "G" on the side of the helmet. They adopted it in 1965 with their school colors, and haven't looked back.
Following in the footsteps of the Oregon Ducks with a number of new age concepts, the matte black look with gold lettering is Baylor's sharpest looking lid.
The burnt orange contrasts so well on top of just a plain white helmet. The program has struggled as of late, but the number perched above the revered longhorn decal will again see brighter days. Football and the state of Texas are like Bonnie and Clyde -- you can't have one without the other.
Indiana University is more renowned for its basketball program, and so long as Notre Dame and Purdue exist, it will always play second fiddle to them in state football. The flashy chrome and crimson combo of vertical lines looks pretty sharp, though.
If you are a purist, then you appreciate the basic crimson color helmet with only a white stripe running down the middle and a decal of the player's respective jersey number on the side. One of the most successful programs in NCAA history, this helmet immediately brings to mind one of the most accomplished coaches college football has ever seen in Paul "Bear" Bryant.
Another traditional helmet, Penn State has incorporated only navy blue and white into its uniforms for decades. When Joe Paterno was winning ball games, it wouldn't have mattered if the team wore burlap sacks for uniforms. Winning and tradition go hand in hand at Beaver Stadium. Their logo of the lion head encompassed in a navy blue oval is also very sharp looking.
With Nike headquarters in their backyard, Oregon's uniforms and color schemes have revolutionized the art and imagery behind college football. Pandora's box has been opened. It doesn't matter what helmet the Ducks wear, they are all unquestionably some of the best in the business. Chrome, black, apple green, pink, yellow, ducks wings or the iconic "O" -- the combinations are endless, and the fans love it.
The famous winged helmet design dates back to 1938. There are multiple stories about its origin and meaning, but in the end, it just looks great and cannot be mimicked, duplicated or copied. The look was first seen in the Ivy League on Princeton's helmet, but the Wolverines and their incredible record wear it better than any other school, hands down.
Iconic. Simple. Historic. Timeless. The program has been around since 1887, and the gold helmet is symbolic of the grit, courage and honor the game was played with in its early more primitive days. It does not get more traditional or recognizable than this, and the Fighting Irish have made South Bend a special place to visit for any fan of the game.
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