Best and Worst Helmets of the Sun Belt and Conference USA

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Taking a look at the best and worst helmets in the Sun Belt and Conference USA. 

Anyone who says a team’s look is unimportant is simply lying.

Look at schools like Oregon. In many ways, Oregon was the originator of having a wide array of flashy uniforms. It helped them become the talk of the nation, making them “cool” to the teens they wanted to have in their uniforms. It’s arguable that Oregon’s flashy uniforms assisted in recruiting at a time when the Ducks made the National Championship game.

Programs around the nation, even Notre Dame eventually got in on it. But for every good, there’s a bad. Not every helmet is a hit. Even some full-time helmets are complete disasters on the eyes.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at each team’s best and worst helmets they’ve worn. We’ll be using what is, in my opinion, the single greatest atlas of helmets – college or professional – in the world, NationalChamps.net’s  The Helmet Project. Check that site out side by side with this series, and I’d love to know if you agree or not on Twitter, @SonnyMartinezFS.

Today, we’ll kick things off with the Sun Belt and Conference USA, in which there are plenty of both great and questionable looks.

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