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During these tough times everyone (including myself) is trying to fill that empty sports hole inside with just about anything we can think of. Whether it is debates on social media or in the office, now more than ever, people just want their sports back. While they may not be back just yet, I have been trying to keep up with all the latest trends going on in the land of Twitter and something caught my eye last week. Someone decided to rank their top ten favorite college football helmets and I thought why not do one for the Big 12?

Here I will pick my favorite helmet from each Big 12 team and see how they stack up against one another. Keep in mind, I did not research too far because some teams have worn so many different helmets that it would be nearly impossible to find them all and compare them. So instead, I just took helmets from recent years to make things a little simpler. So, without further due, these are my favorite Big 12 helmets. 

1. Oklahoma State’s Classic Pistol Pete

Aug 30, 2018; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Taylor Cornelius (14) hands off to Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Justice Hill (5) against the Missouri State Bears during the first quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

What is there not to love about this helmet? Oklahoma State has the best uniform combos probably in the entire country and that includes helmets. I could debate all day what their best homecoming helmet is, but I decided on a classic here. The cowboy hat, the mustache and the pistol make this thing a beauty. Again, so many options to go with here for the Cowboys but this is my favorite one. Do you think we could get a Mike Gundy mullet helmet soon?


2. Texas Tech’s Throwback Double T

Every time I see these, I wonder why Tech has not worn these more often. When paired with the uniform, they are about as pretty as pretty can get. I know some people love the white helmet like this, but I think the black looks so much better here. 

3. TCU Chrome Purple

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Day
Jul 16, 2018; Frisco, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson speaks to the media during Big 12 football media days at the Ford Center at the Star. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

I fell in love with these a long time ago and I am not going to lie, I am a sucker for chrome helmets. Maybe I am stuck in 2014 but these things still look just as good as they did years ago and I wish TCU would wear them more. 

4. Texas Longhorns

NCAA Football: Texas at West Virginia
Oct 5, 2019; Morgantown, WV, USA; Texas Longhorns helmets sit in the tunnel at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

I can already hear people whining. Texas is an iconic brand. When you see the Longhorn logo there is no mistaking on who it is. I respect the hell out of traditional helmets and uniforms but that does not mean it has to be the best just because it is old. Is it a great look? Yes, but I enjoy the newer styles and crazy combinations a tad better. I am sure this should cause some controversy on social media. 


5. Oklahoma Sooners

Jul 16, 2018; Frisco, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley speaks to the media during Big 12 football media days at the Ford Center at the Star. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

I can still hear the people complaining about the Texas helmets and now you Sooner fans can join them. And by the way, Oklahoma should not have any other helmet besides this one. You do not mess with this helmet. Is it too low? Not in my opinion. I like a good classic blueblood helmet, but I prefer the more creative ones out there. Just like Texas, the logo is an icon that will live on forever, but it is not my favorite. 

6. Baylor’s Chrome Gold 

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Baylor
Nov 11, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders offensive lineman Terence Steele (78) blocks Baylor Bears defensive end Brian Nance (5) during the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

I know you are wondering why TCU’s chrome helmet is much higher, but I will be honest with you. These kind of remind me of a knockoff or modernized Notre Dame helmet. While I like these a thousand times better than the current Baylor helmets, they are not my favorite chrome helmets, but they are still nice, and I wish Baylor would bring them back. 

7. Kansas State’s Scripted Cats

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Kansas State
Nov 16, 2019; Manhattan, KS, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Sam James (13) breaks away from Kansas State Wildcats defensive backs Walter Neil Jr. (15) and Denzel Goolsby (20) during the fourth quarter of a game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

It was hard to go away from the classic purple logo and the silver helmet, but these things are sweet. I love the old school script style writing and I think that these give Kansas State a fresh yet throwback type of look that other schools should be looking more into if they can. 

8. West Virginia’s Classic Helmet

NCAA Football: Texas Christian at West Virginia
Oct 22, 2016; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers safety Jeremy Tyler (2) waves the West Virginia state flag prior to their game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

When paired with the gold uniform, these things look awesome but on its own, I went with the originals. It is slick and you can not really go wrong with these. They have been a staple for the Mountaineers for a long time now. 


9. Iowa State’s White Helmet 

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Iowa State
Oct 27, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Hakeem Butler (18) catches a pass for the touchdown late in the 4th quarter as Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive back Damarcus Fields (23) makes a late attempt for the tackle at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Red Raiders 40 to 31. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

If we were doing a throwback helmet ranking, the Cardinal with the tornado underneath would have been a top choice for me. However, those days are long gone, and we are stuck with these. I know the black helmet is a popular choice, but I am not all that crazy about it. I went with the white classic helmet because I think it makes the logo pop more. Sorry Cyclone fans but I am not digging the helmets. 

10. Kansas KU Helmet 

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Kansas
Oct 28, 2017; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks safety Tyrone Miller Jr. (22) and defensive tackle Daniel Wise (96) celebrate after a play against the Kansas State Wildcats in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Not much to say here. I think the Jayhawks have the worst helmets in the Big 12 and that is fitting for their football team. The oversized Jayhawk is an abomination, so I had to go with the “KU” logo helmet. I prefer the blue, but the white is not all that bad.

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