Sports·Posted on Mar 8, 2021I Ranked All 130 Division I College Football Helmets — How Does Your School Stack Up?From trash to class, this football list is purely a beauty contest.by Jeremy HayesBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Before we jump into the list, note that I am not a fan of any specific team. I graded all of these helmets based on a team's logo, helmet color, face mask, stripe, and originality. Jakeolimb / Getty Images Here are all 130 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision helmets ranked: 130. Northern Illinois Huskies Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Sorry, but I just hate darker text on black helmets. It looks so dull. 129. Florida Atlantic Owls ESPN Way too similar to an older FSU helmet. I like the idea of having "Atlantic" on there, but it feels very rehashed. 128. Kent State Golden Flashes ESPN They have so many alternate helmets. A lot of these lower-ranked colleges should stick to one and create an identity. How about just the giant blue "K"? 127. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ESPN WKU has a cool helmet color and face mask, but I wished they were more creative with a logo design. 126. UMass Minutemen Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Eleven Sports I think I'd prefer a red three-corner hat logo. 125. Nevada Wolf Pack FS1 I really prefer their wolf logo over the word "Pack"; otherwise, this would be higher on the list. 124. Tulane Green Wave ESPN It's an angry green wave ready to throw hands. Hey, it's original. 123. San Diego State Aztecs CBS Cool color scheme, but I wish they had a better idea for a logo design. 122. New Mexico State Aggies ESPN Points for the mustache. 121. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks CBS A classic look, and I like the numbers on the back of the helmet underneath the stripe. 120. Georgia Southern Eagles ESPN Nothing about the helmet really stands out, but it has potential. 119. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Black and yellow works most of the time, but I wish their logo were a little more imaginative. 118. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers ESPN A fun, goofy logo that is lost on an all-black helmet. I don't get the thinking behind this one. 117. Arkansas State Red Wolves Fox The Red Wolves have a cool logo, so why not use it on the helmet? 116. Appalachian State Mountaineers ESPN When I was younger, I always thought this was Army playing. 115. Oregon State Beavers ESPN How can you hate on a beaver? 114. Illinois Fighting Illini Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BTN I always like the block "I," but the color of the helmet looked better in the Rashard Mendenhall days. 113. New Mexico Lobos FS1 Love the logo, and a silver helmet always looks good. 112. South Alabama Jaguars ESPN Not an overly inspired helmet, but I like the text. 111. East Carolina Pirates ESPN I really wish the pirate hat was not also purple, but I like the logo and purple. How about a yellow pirate hat with purple "ECU" letters? Just so it pops more. 110. Georgia State Panthers ESPN I like the blue on blue with the face mask and the helmet. 109. FIU Golden Panthers ESPN I actually like Florida International's helmets a lot. Kind of reminiscent of LSU's helmet. 108. Oregon Ducks Fox Dare I say, Oregon has too many alternate helmets and uniforms. If they had one they consistently wore that was good, they would probably be top 50. 107. UNLV Rebels FS1 The arch of the logo is solid. 106. Ohio Bobcats Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Ohio University Football These really stand out in comparison with other helmets, but they should incorporate a bobcat somehow. 105. Kansas Jayhawks FS1 The font of the "KU" is nice, but I'd consider removing the stripe. 104. Iowa State Cyclones ESPN The yellow pops on the red helmet, but a yellow face mask would work better. 103. Mississippi State Bulldogs Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Mississippi State Athletics One of the many block "M" helmet logos in college football. The "State" banner going across it is a nice touch. 102. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs ESPN I actually like the state of Louisiana being incorporated on this one with the "T." 101. Kentucky Wildcats ESPN Nothing overly special, but still a classic look. Blue helmets with white text usually look great. 100. Ball State Cardinals CBS The Cardinals might be the most overdone mascot in sports, and being Ball State, they could have red text "Ballin'" on their helmets. 99. Oklahoma State Cowboys ESPN Many variations of this helmet, but usually the same logo, which is good. It's better than the cowboy logo. 98. Duke Blue Devils Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Duke's not known for football, but the helmet and entire uniform are fantastic. 97. Memphis Tigers ESPN Not too many blue tigers out there, but that's what makes these helmets fun. 96. Syracuse Orange Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF CBS The 'Cuse reflective helmets are definitely the best of their options. 95. Eastern Michigan Eagles ESPN Very reminiscent of the '70s Philadelphia Eagles' Kelly green helmets. 94. Arizona Wildcats Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Pac12 Network The design of the "A" is great and really stands out on a stripeless, all-white helmet. 93. Washington State Cougars Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Pac12 Network Love anything that incorporates the mascot and school letters. 92. Temple Owls CBS The diamond stripe is solid, and the logo has a great traditional look. 91. Utah Utes Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Pac12 Network One of the better red helmets in sports. 90. Navy Midshipmen Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Navy Athletics Classic, but does not stand out in comparison with other military branch colleges. 89. Houston Cougars Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy The red and white always looks good on the field. 88. Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Simple and stripeless. The black face mask goes well with the black outlining of the team name. 87. Colorado State Rams FS1 Seen it before, but the colors work well together. 86. Indiana Hoosiers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Indiana Athletics Classic but not thrilling, but I wouldn't change a thing...same goes for other classic helmets. 85. Florida State Seminoles Fox Not a fan of the lighter-colored helmet. They should go back to the '90s color. 84. UCF Knights ABC The color of the helmet is great, but they could do something more with the logo. 83. Missouri Tigers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Love the stripe, but everything else is just fine. 82. Louisville Cardinals ACC Network I honestly prefer these to the "Diet Arizona Cardinals" uniforms. 81. NC State Wolfpack ESPN The big cartoon wolf isn't as good as their "NC State" white helmets. 80. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors ESPN Wish they used the silver helmets more, but I like these, too. 79. Fresno State Bulldogs Fox I prefer the big bulldog. 78. California Golden Bears Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Pac12 Network I like the font for "Cal." Plus, I always picture a band on the field. 77. Wake Forest Demon Deacons ESPN It figures. One of the teams I prefer wearing black helmets uses their alternates more. They're still very cool, though. 76. ULM Warhawks ESPN I wouldn't change a thing about this helmet. 75. Bowling Green Falcons ESPN They have had many variant helmets, but these are their best. 74. Akron Zips ESPN Meh. They are unlike any others, at least color-wise. 73. Boston College Eagles Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BC Athletics A classic look that I wouldn't change, but we're at the point in the list where all the helmets are pretty good. 72. TCU Horned Frogs ESPN Yay, frogs! 71. South Carolina Gamecocks ESPN I like the black face mask with the white helmet. 70. Georgia Bulldogs Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Red Green Bay Packers. I still like them a lot. 69. Auburn Tigers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy One of the best stripe-logo combos in all of college football. 68. UAB Blazers CBS These helmets look like they belong in the Arena Football League, and that's a compliment. Very fun and original. 67. Liberty Flames ESPN The font is really good, and I like the positioning of it on the helmet. 66. Army Black Knights Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Too classic to have too low, but also nothing too great other than the thick black stripe. 65. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Very odd color combination, but "odd" usually is a good thing. 64. Troy Trojans ESPN A simple logo is sometimes better than a cartoon mascot. 63. Texas Tech Red Raiders FS1 One of the better black helmet–dark logo combos. 62. UConn Huskies ESPN Always liked the font of the "C" and the white face mask. 61. Texas A&M Aggies CBS Another one of those teams where I turn on the channel and know right away what team I'm looking at. Identity is important for a good helmet. 60. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders ESPN Silver and blue...Middle Tennessee is the first team I think of...don't ask me why. 59. North Texas Mean Green CBS Can't say these don't look original. 58. Utah State Aggies Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy No stripe looks great on these. 57. UCLA Bruins FS1 A weird color combination, but it works for them. 56. South Florida Bulls ESPN The reflective helmet always looks good under the sun. 55. BYU Cougars ESPN The face mask is the best part, but the helmet is still pretty good. 54. Virginia Tech Hokies ACC Network The colors are really distinct. 53. Rice Owls CBS The regal "R" looks good on the white helmet. 52. Northwestern Wildcats Fox The white face mask pops with the "N." 51. Maryland Terrapins ESPN Not a huge fan of using flags as the helmet scheme, but Maryland fans love it. 50. Minnesota Golden Gophers ESPN Golden Gophers with a golden helmet? Makes sense. 49. Kansas State Wildcats FS1 The purple and silver looks great, as does the triple stripe. 48. Wyoming Cowboys CBS The yellow outline of the cowboy being bucked is nice, but the brown is a choice. 47. Central Michigan Chippewas ESPN I like the dark tone of the helmet with the bright letter "C." 46. Arizona State Sun Devils Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy What kid wouldn't want to be on a team with a trident on their helmet? 45. West Virginia Mountaineers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy A unique look, and I like the lettering. 44. Wisconsin Badgers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Wisconsin Football The double stripe looks great with the classic Badger "W." 43. Washington Huskies Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF PAC 12 Network The colors are very original, and I know it's Washington just by a quick glance. 42. UTSA Roadrunners ESPN The logo is very cartoonish and fantastic. 41. UTEP Miners UTEP Football My only comment is that the face mask should match the font color of the logo or the "UTEP" letters should be white. Other than that, solid helmets. 40. Cincinnati Bearcats ESPN Maybe one of my favorite straight-up logos. 39. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy The white "R" really pops on the red helmet. 38. Penn State Nittany Lions Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Again, some of the best uniforms in college football, but just going off the helmet, Penn State ranks lower. 37. Marshall Thundering Herd Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF ESPN I like the incorporation of all three colors, and the black face mask works with the white helmet. 36. Alabama Crimson Tide Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Classic helmets and the crimson always looks good on the field, especially under the lights. 35. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ACC Network The "Rambling Wreck" has always had some sweet helmets. 34. Charlotte 49ers ACC Network The pickax to create the "C" is an example of how every team can spice up their simple letter logos. 33. Buffalo Bulls ESPN Love the big bull logo, and the all-blue works in this case. 32. San José State Spartans Fox I really prefer the blue helmets, but I still love the logo and swordlike stripe. 31. Purdue Boilermakers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tenor Black and old gold. Maybe my favorite color combo that multiple teams have. 30. Baylor Bears Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Baylor University Love the color combo, and they honestly have some of the best alternates, too. 29. Ole Miss Rebels ESPN I actually like the cursive with the colors. The white outline is great. 28. Boise State Broncos FS1 That's a big ol' bronco head. 27. Colorado Buffaloes FS1 I honestly prefer this logo over the Buffalo Bills'. 26. Stanford Cardinal Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Stanford Football I love incorporating the tree into the "S" logo. Too many teams put a letter or letters and call it a day. Be creative. 25. SMU Mustangs Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy That mustang looks like it can gallop fast. Simple, but a classic-looking logo for Southern Methodist. 24. Western Michigan Broncos ESPN Very similar to Boise State, but I love the color scheme more. 23. Vanderbilt Commodores ESPN From the anchor and chain to the matte black helmets, *chef's kiss*. 22. Toledo Rockets ESPN Little rocket? Yes, please. Fun design. 21. Texas State Bobcats ESPN Love the bobcat logo, but the color scheme is also very original. 20. Nebraska Cornhuskers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF ESPN It doesn't get more basic than the font on the Nebraska helmet. 19. Virginia Cavaliers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tenor I love the "V" font and the crossed swords. 18. Michigan State Spartans Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Love that spartan logo and thick stripe. 17. Arkansas Razorbacks Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF SEC Network Love the logo. Who can hate a running-razorback logo? 16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish NBC Gold = Fighting Irish. Classics. 15. Air Force Falcons Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy One of my favorites as a kid. The bolt looks great, and the face mask pops with it. 14. Tennessee Volunteers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy I always loved the thick, orange stripe on the helmet. 13. Oklahoma Sooners ESPN A very simple design, and the white face mask goes great with the Sooner red. 12. Miami Hurricanes Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF U Football The classic "U" is simple but looks great on a white helmet. 11. Old Dominion Monarchs Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy I love the lion head logo and the lack of a stripe on the helmet. 10. Ohio State Buckeyes ESPN Maybe the only team where I like the pride stickers. 9. Iowa Hawkeyes FS1 I can't think of a single team with a black-and-yellow color scheme that looks bad. Plus, the logo is crisp. 8. USC Trojans Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF University of Southern California I grew up watching Reggie Bush and the Trojans run all over the nation, and these helmets should never be altered. 7. Florida Gators Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF ESPN Loved the cursive growing up, and the white face mask really pops. 6. Texas Longhorns Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF University of Texas Maybe the best logo in college football, but an underrated element is the white face mask with the white helmet. 5. North Carolina Tar Heels Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF UNC Love the logo and the baby blue. 4. LSU Tigers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy One of the truly unique helmet designs. I love having Louisiana State's letters and the logo on the helmet. 3. Clemson Tigers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy Love the paw print, and the orange helmet is great. 2. Pittsburgh Panthers Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Pitt Panthers I turn on Pitt games just to see those beautiful helmets and uniforms. Glad they went back to these throwbacks. 1. Michigan Wolverines Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BTN The Wolverines' winged helmet takes the top spot, and it is probably the most iconic in football.