Explosion of college football helmets

Near-endless array of colors and designs giving teams many options

Updated: October 17, 2013, 11:01 AM ET
By Paul Lukas | ESPN.com

It wasn't that long ago -- just five or six years -- that virtually every major college football team had only one helmet design. The main exception was Washington State, which had separate helmets for home and road (which was considered a major eccentricity at the time).

Things sure have changed. A college football team with only one or two helmets is now viewed as being somewhere between quaint and pathetic. Thanks to the explosion in helmet designs -- blackout, whiteout, gray, carbon ...

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