April 17, 2011

Which school has the best helmet design?

At the College Football Roundtable each week, we ask each member of the college football coverage staff for his opinion about a topic in the sport. This weekend, we will have two roundtables, one Saturday and one today.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Arizona State is the latest school to change/update its logo and helmet design. That leads to this question: Which school has the best helmet design in college football?

Olin Buchanan's answer:
I'll get accused of making a homer pick because I'm a native Texan, but I'd pick Texas' classic white helmet with the immediately identifiable Longhorns logo as the best. I guess I'm partial to mascot logos because I always have liked Arkansas, Colorado, Florida State, USC and ... well, I did like Arizona State. I anticipate a lot of votes for Michigan's winged helmet, and it is a good look. In my opinion, Michigan and UCLA have the best overall uniforms, but just for the helmet, I think Texas is best.

Tom Dienhart's answer:
The simple look and design of Texas' helmet is best. The silhouette of a burnt orange Longhorn head on a clean white background is iconic. No stripes, no hokey stickers, no nothing. Just pure class.

David Fox's answer:
Take a look at The Helmet Project and count how many teams have changed helmet designs over the years. One of the few that has remained basically the same is Michigan. You know why? Because it's perfect. Fritz Crisler incorporated the helmet at Princeton and brought it to Ann Arbor. I realize Michigan's design isn't wholly original. Still, the maize-and-blue winged helmet is one of college football's iconic symbols. We take gaudy logos and helmets for granted at this point. For its day - think Notre Dame, Navy and Army helmets - it's a bold design and one that hasn't lost any luster over the years.

Mike Huguenin's answer:
I'm going off the board, so to speak, with my pick: Wyoming. A cowboy on a bucking horse, waving his cowboy hat, shown from the side. I think it's fantastic. And because it's a white helmet with a brown logo, it pops. I also really like Texas', UCLA's, Northern Illinois', SMU's, Iowa's and Michigan's, but Wyoming's is my favorite.

Steve Megargee's answer:
Michigan's winged helmet has absolutely nothing to do with its Wolverine nickname, but it remains one of the coolest images in college sports. Michigan began using the logo in 1938, reportedly to make it easier for the Wolverines to identify their receivers downfield. I know some of my first college football memories involve noticing that logo during a Michigan-Ohio State game. Michigan might not have an "M" or a wolverine on its helmet, but just about any fan over the age of 5 has little trouble identifying the Michigan helmet. Heck, I have to believe generations of kids all over the country have grown up rooting for Michigan just because they loved that helmet.


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