Big 12 Conference


BAYLOR IOWA STATE KANSAS
"Bears" "Cyclones" "Jayhawks"
Waco, TX Ames, IA Lawrence, KS
KANSAS STATE OKLAHOMA OKLAHOMA STATE
"Wildcats" "Sooners" "Cowboys"
Manhattan, KS Norman, OK Stillwater, OK
TEXAS TEXAS CHRISTIAN TEXAS TECH
"Longhorns" "Horned Frogs" "Red Raiders"
Austin, TX Fort Worth, TX Lubbock, TX
WEST VIRGINIA
"Mountaineers"
Morgantown, WV

Historical Helmets

BAYLOR

c.early 1960s;
1967 - 1968
c.early 1960s c.early-mid 1960s
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
1969 - 1971 1972 - 1978 1979 - 1988
*see note 2 below
1989 - 1992 1992 1993 - 1996
*see note 3 below
1997 - 2002 October 23, 2004 2005 - 2007
*see note 4 below
'B'
2003 - 2007 September 5, 2009;
additional games 2009-
September 11, 2010
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'C' 'A' 'D'
2011 - 2012 2008 - 2013 2013 -
'E' 'F' 'G'
2013 - 2013 - 2013 -
'H' 'I' 'J'
2013 2015 - 2016 -
'K' 'L' 'M'
2016 - 2017 - 2018 -
'N'
2018 -

During recent years Baylor has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 Apparently helmet numerals were used inconsistently during the early 1960s, with some players wearing them and others not doing so. The green numerals were used by some players during at least some games in both 1965 and 1966, and white numerals were used for at least part of the 1960 season, and perhaps 1961 also. I would appreciate hearing from anybody who can clarify what scheme (if any) was in place with regards to the helmet numerals during these years.

*2 In 1969, a version of the "100" decal recognizing the 100th anniversary of the first college football game was worn at the back of the helmet. Baylor's version featured a dark-colored football shape with the numerals "100" in some light color.

*3 According to the Southwest Conference Helmets web site, the "plain" helmet was used for just the first few games of the 1992 season, after which the logo and stripes of the previous helmet design were restored.

*4 Green helmets were used for eight games during the 2005 season: September 10 vs Samford, Sept. 17 at Army, October 1 at Texas A&M, Oct. 8 at Iowa State, Oct. 15 vs Nebraska, November 5 vs Texas, Nov. 12 at Missouri, and Nov. 19 vs Oklahoma State. The gold helmets were used during the first game, September 3 at SMU, and the seventh and eighth games, Oct. 22 at Oklahoma, and Oct. 29 vs Texas Tech.

In 2006 and 2007, the green helmets were used during road games, and the gold helmets during home games, with one exception: on November 17, 2007, Baylor used green helmets during the home game against Oklahoma State.

*5 This design was first used during a game at Wake Forest in 2009; subsequently used during the 2009 season on September 19 (vs Connecticut), October 31 (vs Nebraska), November 7 (at Missouri), and November 21 (at Texas A&M); used during the 2010 season on September 10 (at TCU); October 9 (vs Texas Tech in Dallas, TX) and November 13 (vs Texas A&M); used during the 2011 season on September 17 (vs Stephen F. Austin), September 24 (vs Rice), October 8 (vs Iowa State), and November 12 (at Kansas).


IOWA STATE

1960 1961 1962 - 1966
1967 1969 - 1970 1968 - 1974
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1975 - 1976 1976 - 1978 1979
1980 1981 - 1982 1983 - 1986
*see note 3 below
1986 1987 - 1994 1995 - 2002
September 16, 2007 2003 - 2007 September 14, 2013
*see note 4 below
'A' 'B' 'C'
2008 - 2016 - 2016 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2017 - 2017 -
'G' 'H' 'I'
2017 - 2017 - 2018 -
'J' 'K'
2018 - 2018 -

In 2017 Iowa State used six of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: D-A-F; E-G-D; D-D-D; D-G-G; H (the last game being vs Memphis in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis, TN).

In 2016 Iowa State used: A-B-A; A-A-C; D-A-D; D-B-D.

*1 This design was used during Iowa State's road games in 1969 and 1970.

*2 This was ISU's full-time helmet design in 1968 and from 1971 through 1974. During 1969 and 1970, it was used during home games only.

*3 During at least 1983 and 1984, and possibly in 1985 and 1986 also, at least some players wore an "inverted" version of this helmet (red shell, yellow logo, one yellow stripe, with red facemask). Most sources indicate that the red helmets were "awarded" to certain players for good performances, and I believe this is probably accurate, though I have not seen many photographs showing both helmet colors in use at the same time (I have seen some such photographs). As a helmet design used by less than half of the team, this design does not meet the current criteria for graphic representation at this web site (my concern being that there may be hundreds of such single-player or a few-players designs, particularly from the 1960s).

*4 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Iowa.


KANSAS

1960 - 1962 1963 1964
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1965 - 1966 1967 - 1969 1970 - 1976
1977 - 1978 1979 - 1982 1983 - 1986
1987 1988 1989
1990 - 1993 1994 - 1996 1997 - 2001
2002 - 2004 2005 - 2006 November 28, 2009
2007 - 2009 November 27, 2010 October 1, 2011
'A' 'B'
2010 - 2012 November 17, 2012;
2013 -
2013 -
'C' 'D' 'E'
2013 2014 2014
'F' 'G' 'H'
2014 2014 2014
*see note 3 below
'I' 'J' 'K'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
*see note 4 below
'L' (and 'L1') 'M' 'N'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below *see note 7 below
'O' 'P' 'Q'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
*see note 8 below *see note 9 below *see note 10 below
'R'
2017 -

During recent years Kansas has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: K-L1-L1; P-L1-K; L1-K-R; K-P-K
  • 2016: K-L1-O; M-P-P; Q-O-M; K-K-L1
  • 2015: I-J-J; K-L-K; K-L1-M; L1-M-N
  • 2014: D-D-E; F-E-G; H-H-G; G-H-H
  • 2013: A-A-B; C-C-B; B-A-A; C-B-C

*1 White uniform numerals were used at least as early as 1960; the previous helmet design was apparently similar to this one but without the numerals. A red stripe MAY have been used on this design during some of the years when this design was in use.

*2 The jayhawk on the 1963 helmet faced towards the left on both sides of the helmet (in other words, the jayhawk on the right side of the helmet faced towards the back of the helmet). I believe that with all other appearances of this logo the jayhawk always faced towards the front of the helmet.

*3 The large jayhawk head logo was worn only on the left side of this design; blue uniform numerals were worn the right side (as depicted below).

*4 This design has the jayhawk logo on its left side only; the right side features a "KU" logo (as depicted below). Note that this design has a "gradient" facemask (blue towards the top changing to 'chrome' towards the bottom).

*5 Design 'L' has the old jayhawk logo on both sides; 'L1' differs from 'L' by having a "KU" logo on its right side (as depicted below).

*6 This design has the jayhawk logo on its left side only; the right side features a "KU" logo (as depicted below). Note that this design has a "gradient" facemask (red towards the top changing to silver or 'chrome' towards the bottom).

*7 The "KU" logo is present on the left side only of this design; a large "jayhawk" adorns the right side (as represented below).

*8 This design has the jayhawk logo on its left side only; the right side features a "KU" logo (as depicted below). This design also has a "gradient" facemask (blue towards the top changing to silver or 'chrome' towards the bottom).

*9 The "KU" logo is present on the left side only of this design; a large "jayhawk" adorns the right side (as represented below). This design also has a "gradient" facemask (red towards the top changing to silver or 'chrome' towards the bottom).

*10 The jayhawk logo is present on the left side of this design only; the right side has uniform numerals with a 'limestone' texture (as represented below). Some of the photographs from the game during which this design was used seemed to suggest that the facemask color was a pale beige or cream color rather than white.


KANSAS STATE

c.1950s - 1963 1964 - 1965 1966
1967 - 1968 1969 - 1971 1972 - 1973
1974 1975 - 1977 1978
1979 - 1981 1982 - 1985 1986 - 1987
1988 November 2, 2013 November 5, 2016
1989 -

To the best of my knowledge, these are all of the different helmet designs used by KSU during the period covered by this web site (1960 to present).


OKLAHOMA

1962 - 1965 1966 1967 - 1976
'B' 'C'
August 30, 2003;
November 21, 2009
2014 - 2014 -
'A'
1977 -

During recent years Oklahoma has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: A-A-A; C-B-A; A-A-A; A-A-A; A-A-A; A-A (the last two games being vs TCU in the Big 12 Championship game at Arlington, TX, and vs Georgia in a College Football Playoff semi-final game at Pasadena, CA)
  • 2016: A-A-A; A-A-B; A-A-A; A-C-A; A (the last game being vs Auburn in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans, LA)
  • 2015: A-A-A; B-A-A; A-C-A; A-A-A; A (the last game being vs Clemson in the Orange Bowl/Football Playoff Semifinal at Miami Gardens, FL)
  • 2014: A-A-A; B-A-A; A-A-C; A-A-A; A (the last game being vs Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, FL)

Oklahoma switched from white helmets to crimson ones for the 1966 season, which also marked the debut of the traditional interlocking "OU" logo, which was "rounder" in shape for the first season than the "block" version which appeared the following year and has been used ever since. There have been some minor changes to the logo during the intervening years.

A change to the shade of "crimson" used on the helmets was apparently made sometime around 1977, the earlier color having been basically "red", and I believe the facemasks were also changed from gray to white at about the same time. Apparently white facemasks were not added to all helmets at the same time; there may have been some seasons in which both white and gray facemasks were used simultaneously by different players. The team's standard helmet design has remained essentially unchanged since about 1977, aside from a switch to "metallic" paint for the 2000 season. Two alternate designs were introduced for occasional use beginning in 2014.


OKLAHOMA STATE

? - 1960 1961 - 1966 1967
*see note 1 below
1967 - 1968 1969 - 1972 1973 - 1975
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1976 1977 - 1979 1980 - 1983
'D'
1993 - 1994 1984 - 1992; 1995 - 2000 November 21, 2009;
additional games 2010-2011
*see note 3 below
'B' 'C' 'H'
2011 2011 - 2015 2012
'E' 'F' 'G'
2012 - 2013 2012 - 2015 2012 - 2013
'I' 'J' 'K'
2013 - 2015 2013 - 2015 2014 -
'L' 'A' 'M'
2014 2001 - 2014 2015
'N' 'O' 'P'
2015 - 2015 - 2016 -
'Q' 'R' 'S'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'T' 'U' 'V'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -
'W' 'X' 'Y'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
'Z' 'AA' 'AB'
2017 - 2018 - 2018 -
'AC' 'AD' 'AE'
2018 - 2018 - 2017 -

During recent years Oklahoma State has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: V-R-U; W-O-X; K-N-AE; T-Y-V; Z (the last game being vs Virginia Tech in the Camping World Bowl at Orlando, FL)
  • 2016: P-O-Q; N-R-K; K-S-K; T-Q-U; T (the last game being vs Colorado in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, TX)
  • 2015: C-F-J; K-I-H; M-N-O; H-K-C; C (the last game being vs Mississippi in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans, LA)
  • 2014: C-A-C; K-J-I; C-L-F; K-F-C; K (the last game being vs Washington in the Cactus Bowl at Tempe, AZ)
  • 2013: C-G-A; I-F-G; J-E-C; C-J-C; J (the last game being vs Missouri in the Cotton Bowl at Arlington, TX)
  • 2012: A-A-C; C-H-E; F-G-C; G-A-H; C (the last of these being vs Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Dallas, TX)
  • 2011: A-A-D; B-C-C; A-B-B; A-C-C; C (the last of these games being vs Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl at Tempe, AZ)

*1 The helmet with the white numerals was used during OSU's first five games in 1967, while the helmet with the cowboy and horse logo was used for the last four games. Unknown to me at the present time is which of these (if either) was used for OSU's sixth game that year, a home game against Missouri.

*2 In 1969, a version of the "100" logo was worn on the back of this helmet, down at the bottom.

*3 Worn November 21, 2009 (vs Colorado), September 30, 2010 (vs Texas A&M), November 20, 2010 (at Kansas), and September 17, 2011 (at Tulsa).


TEXAS

1957 - 1960 1961 - 1962 1963 - 1966
1969;
November 7, 2015
1967 - 1968;
1970 - 1976
January 1, 1982
*see note 1 below
2012 (last 4 games) September 3, 2005;
November 26, 2009;
2013
1977 - 2012;
2014 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below

*1 For its appearance in the 1982 Cotton Bowl game against Alabama, Texas used a special version of the longhorn logo which included between the "horns" the words "COTTON BOWL CLASSIC" and a picture of a cotton boll.

*2 Beginning with the November 10, 2012 game (vs Iowa State) the traditional longhorn logo was altered by the addition of the letters "DKR" in white; this was done as a tribute to former Texas head coach Darrell K. Royal, who died on November 7, 2012. The "DKR" decals were worn for the team's remaining games in 2012, including the Valero Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, TX (vs Oregon State).

*3 This design was used during the 2005 home game against Louisiana-Lafayette, the 2009 game at Texas A&M, and the entire 2013 season.


TEXAS CHRISTIAN

1960 - 1964 1965 1966
1967 1968 1969 - 1970
1971 - 1973 1974 - 1976 1977 - 1980
*see note 1 below
November 8, 1980 1982 (late season) 1980 - 1991
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below *see note 4 below
1992 1993 - 1994 1995 - 1997
'C' 'B' 'D'
2009 - 2010 September 4, 2010;
October 16, 2010
January 1, 2011
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below *see note 7 below
'A' 'E' 'G'
1998 - 2010; 2012 - 2011 (first six games) December 3, 2011
*see note 10 below *see note 8 below
'F' 'H' 'I'
2011 - 2014 September 8, 2012 2013
*see notes 9 & 10 below *see note 13 below *see note 12 below
'J' 'K' 'L'
October 5, 2013 2014 - 2014 -
*see note 11 below
'M' 'N' 'O'
2014 2015 - 2015 -
'P' 'Q'
2015 - 2016 -

During recent years TCU has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: P-N-L; P-N-P; P-P-Q; K-P-P; Q-P (the last two games being vs Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game at Arlington, TX, and vs Stanford in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, TX)
  • 2016: N-L-K; N-Q-N; K-N-N; L-Q-L; N (last game being vs Georgia in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis, TN)
  • 2015: N-O-P; N-L-P; L-L-K; L-N-L(?); P (last game being vs Oregon in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, TX)
  • 2014: K-L-F; L-F-K; L-M-L; M-L-K; K (last game being vs Mississippi in the Peach Bowl at Atlanta, GA)
  • 2013: I-F-A; F-J-F; A-I-F; A-A-A;
  • 2012: H-F-F; F-F-A; A-F-F; A-A-F; A (last game being vs Michigan State in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Tempe, AZ)
  • 2011: E-E-E; E-E-E; F-F-F; F-F-G; F (last game being vs Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl at San Diego, CA)
  • 2010: B-A-A; A-A-A; B-C-A; A-A-A; D (last game being vs Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, CA)

Much of the pre-1998 information here for TCU, including the dates of use for most of the earlier helmets, is derived from information found at the "Southwest Conference Helmets" web site.

In 1965 purple helmet shells were used with a logo depicting a horned frog. Below is the clearest photograph I have received of this design, in which the letters "TCU" are visible within the frog's body. I would greatly appreciate a clearer photograph of this helmet and a copy of the frog logo used on the helmet.

*1 This helmet design was worn during the first eight games of the 1980 season.

*2 This design was apparently used for just one game, November 8, 1980 vs Texas Tech.

*3 This design was used for the last few games of the 1982 season only.

*4 This one was first used for the team's tenth game of the 1980 season, November 15 vs Texas.

*5 First worn November 14, 2009 (vs Utah); later worn January 4, 2010 (in the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State) and during the 2010 home game against Air Force.

*6 First worn September 4, 2010 (vs Oregon State in a game played at Arlington, TX); later worn during a home game against BYU. The gray part of the helmet featured a "frogskin" pattern that would be impossible to represent with the image size used at this web site, but below is a photo showing the "frogskin".

*7 Worn during the Rose Bowl game vs Wisconsin at the end of the 2010 season. In this version of the logo the horned frog is holding the stem of a rose (the red blob) in its mouth.

*8 Worn during the last game of the 2011 regular season, a home game against UNLV. The helmet shells again featured the "frogskin" pattern also used on helmet 'B' (see note 6).

*9 First worn during the 2011 home game vs New Mexico; this design was worn for the remainder of the 2011 regular season (five games total) with the exception of the December 3 game.

*10 Each of these designs featured a subtle "frogskin" pattern that would be impossible to depict with the image size used here.

*11 Worn during the 2013 game at Oklahoma.

*12 First worn August 31, 2013 (vs LSU at Arlington, TX).

*13 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Grambling State.


TEXAS TECH

1960 1961 - 1962? 1963? - 1969
1970 - 1973 1974 1975 - 1983
1984 - 1992 1993 - 1999 September 11, 2010;
additional games in 2010
*see note 1 below
November 6, 2010 September 17, 2011;
November 19, 2011
November 12, 2011
'B'
November 3, 2012 2000 - 2012 2013 -
*see note 2 below
'C' 'D' 'E'
2013 2013 - 2013
*see note 3 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2013 2013 2014
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'I' 'J' 'K'
2014 2014 2014
*see note 6 below
'L' 'M' 'N'
2015 - 2016 - 2016 -
'O' 'P' 'A'
2017 - 2017 - 2013 -
*see note 7 below

During recent years Texas Tech has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: B-B-N; O-A-N; A-L-A; D-N-P; N (the last game being vs South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl at Birmingham, AL)
  • 2016: A-M-B; N-A-B; A-L-A; M-A-A
  • 2015: A-B-H; L-L-A; B-A-A; C-A-H; A (the last game being vs LSU in the Texas Bowl at Houston, TX)
  • 2014: A-A-H; I-B-B; A-D-J; K-A-A
  • 2013: B-A-C; A-B-A; B-D-A; E-B-F; G (the last game being vs Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl at San Diego, CA)

*1 First worn during the 2010 game at New Mexico (September 11); subsequently worn October 2, 2010 (at Iowa State) and November 13, 2010 (at Oklahoma).

*2 The star is present on the left side only of this design; a different logo adorns the right side (as represented below).

*3 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has the traditional "TT" logo, and hence resembles helmet 'C' above.

*4 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a logo including an outline of the state of Texas behind the "TT" logo (as shown below).

*5 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side featured an enormous "masked rider" logo (as represented below).

*6 The right side of this design is completely different from the left side (as depicted below).

*7 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; the right side has the traditional "TT" logo and hence resembles design 'L' above.


WEST VIRGINIA

1960 1963 1961 - 1962; 1964
*see note 1 below
1965 1966 - 1969 1970
*see note 2 below
1971 - 1972 1973 - 1978 1979
'B' 'C'
November 26, 2010;
December 28, 2010
2013 - 2013 -
'D' 'E' 'A'
2013 2013 1980 -
'F' 'G' 'H'
2014 2014 2015
'I' 'J' 'K'
2016 - 2017 - 2017 -

During recent years West Virginia has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: B-A-B; A-C-A; B-A-B; J-K-K; C (the last game being vs Utah in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Dallas, TX)
  • 2016: I-A-A; C-C-A; A-B-A; A-B-A; A (the last game being vs Miami (FL) in the Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, FL)
  • 2015: C-B-A; B-A-A; B-A-H; C-A-H; A (the last game being vs Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl at Phoenix, AZ)
  • 2014: B-A-C; C-A-A; A-C-A; A-F-G; A (the last game being vs Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis, TN)
  • 2013: A-B-C; A-C-A; A-C-B; D-E-A

The above are to the best of my knowledge the complete set of historical helmets for WVU for the period covered by this web site (1960 to present).

*1 The numerals "100" were worn on each player's helmet in 1963 in recognition of the state of West Virginia's centennial.

*2 In a few photographs from these years, small, dark-colored "star" decals are visible on the sides of some helmets. In the only two clear photographs that I have showing these, three stars are visible on one helmet, and two on another. The significance of these is unknown, but they were probably "award decals".