Big Sky Conference


CAL POLY EASTERN WASHINGTON IDAHO
"Mustangs" "Eagles" "Vandals"
San Luis Obispo, CA Cheney, WA Moscow, ID
IDAHO STATE MONTANA MONTANA STATE
"Bengals" "Grizzlies" "Bobcats"
Pocatello, ID Missoula, MT Bozeman, MT
NORTHERN ARIZONA NORTHERN COLORADO PORTLAND STATE
"Lumberjacks" "Bears" "Vikings"
Flagstaff, AZ Greeley, CO Portland, OR
SACRAMENTO STATE SOUTHERN UTAH UC DAVIS
"Hornets" "Thunderbirds" "Aggies"
Sacramento, CA Cedar City, UT Davis, CA
WEBER STATE
"Wildcats"
Ogden, UT

Comments

Idaho will re-join the Big Sky Conference in 2018 following a 22-year-long departure to the FBS level.

North Dakota will play eight games against Big Sky Conference opponents in 2018 but is no longer a member of the conference and will be classified as an independent team in 2018.


Historical Helmets

CAL POLY

'B' 'A'
? - 1998? 2015 - 1999? -
'C' 'D' 'E'
2017 - 2017 - 2018 -

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

I have received very little information about historical helmet designs for this team. The photograph below shows a design used by Cal Poly during the early 1980s; the helmets are probably gold in color and have a strange logo that appears to consist of the front half of a horse's body which appears to transition into a "lightning bolt" towards the back of the helmet. I would greatly appreciate a clear photograph of this interesting design.


EASTERN WASHINGTON

c.early 1980s c.mid 1980s c.early 1990s
'B' 'C'
? - 1999 2012 - 2014
'D' 'E' 'F'
2014 - 2015 2015 - 2015
'G' 'H' 'A'
2016 2016 - 2000 -
'I' 'J'
2017 - 2018 -

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


IDAHO

? - 1964 1965 1965 - 1967
1968 - 1969 1969 1970
1971 - 1975 1976 - 1977 1978 - 1979
1980 1981 1982 - 1994
November 17, 2007 1995 - 2007;
November 13, 2010
October 31, 2009
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
September 10, 2011 October 8, 2011 2008 - 2011
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
September 15, 2012;
September 22, 2012
November 24, 2012 2012 - 2015
'A' 'B' 'C'
November 28, 2015;
2016 -
2016 - 2016 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2017 2018 - 2018 -
'G'
2018 -

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

Note about 2018 helmet designs: I am uncertain that both designs 'E' and 'G' above were actually used in 2018 - there may have been just one version of the script 'Vandals' logo worn on white helmets. The logo appears to be gray or silver in the best available photographs from the September 8 game (vs Western New Mexico), and it appears to be gold in the November 10 game (vs Montana); below are photographs from these two games. The middle photograph shows a helmet used during the October 6 game (at Idaho State) where the color is ambiguous. If the logo was actually 'silver', it may have been highly reflective, causing it to appear 'gold' when reflecting light from the ground or from the gold-colored seats inside Idaho's indoor stadium. If the logo was actually 'gold', it could appear 'silver' when reflecting bright light or an overcast sky. Clarification from anybody who actually knows would be appreciated.

Besides those depicted above, there are three other "known" helmet designs which have been used by Idaho since 1960; below are photographs of these:

The first two photographs show a helmet design which was used during the early portions of the 1965 season. The unusual decal apparently represents a "horn" or "wing" or hybrid thereof, as suggested by the fact that the cartoon logo on the "1971-1975" helmet depicts a bearded "vandal" wearing a helmet with horns that look like a bird's wings. The "horn" orientation is visible in the first photo, while some of the "feather" detail may be seen in the second photograph. These decals were apparently gold in color, and are identifiable in photographs from the games against Washington State, San Jose State, Utah State, and Oregon.

In 1969, Idaho used a version of the "100" logo, as may be seen in the two small color photographs. While it was reported to me previously that Idaho's version of the "100" logo was black with white numerals, these photographs appear to indicate that the football-shape was probably blue with white numerals that were outlined in red (which was apparently the most common version of the "100" decal in use in 1969). The "100" decals were reportedly not used during the last two games of the season.

Of greatest uncertainty is the helmet in the last photograph above. It was apparently used at some point in the 1970s, probably for a very short time, as this undated photograph is the only one I have received of this one. The helmet shell is probably silver, and the logo probably gold with a black outline. In January 2009 I received a report indicating that this design was in use during at least the game against Utah State in 1972.

*1 The 1995-2007 design was brought back for use during the home game against Boise State in 2010.

*2 This design was worn during a home game against Lousiana Tech in 2009.

*3 Worn during the 2011 home game against North Dakota.

*4 Worn during the 2011 home game against Louisiana Tech.


IDAHO STATE

1960 1961 1962
1963 1964 - 1965 1965
*see note 1 below
1966 - 1967 1968 1969
1970 - 1976 1977 - 1982 1983 - 1986
1987 - 1990 1991 1992 - 1996
1997 1998 1999
2000 2007 2008
'B'
2009 2010 2015 - 2016
'A' 'C'
2001 - 2006; 2011 - 2015;
2017 -
2018 -

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

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

*1 Numerals were added to the helmets for the last two games of the 1965 season.


MONTANA

c.early 1960s 1969 1970 - 1976
1977 - 1979 1980 - 1982 1983 - c.1985
*see note 1 below
c.1986 - 1987 1988 - 1995;
November 22, 2008
1996 - 2009
*see note 2 below
'A' 'B'
November 20, 2010 2010 - 2013 2011; 2013
*see note 3 below
'C' 'D' 'E'
2011 (last two games) 2013 2013
*see note 4 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2013 - 2013 2013
'I' 'J' 'K'
2013 2013 2013
'L' 'M' 'N'
2014 2014 2014
'O' 'P' 'Q'
2014 2014 2014
'R' 'S' 'T'
2014 2014 2015
'U' 'V' 'W'
2015 2015 2015
'X' 'Y' 'Z'
2015 2015 2015
'AA' 'AB' 'AC'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'AD' 'AE' 'AF'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'AG' 'AH' 'AI'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'AJ' 'AK' 'AL'
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -

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

I have received surprisingly little information for this prominent team, and the dates of use of the various helmets are highly uncertain for all years prior to about 1988. Photographs of any Montana helmets used during the 1960s and 1970s would be greatly appreciated. I have received partial information about some of the earlier helmet designs:

*1 Apparently during these years the bear logo was worn only on the left sides of the helmets; the "UM" logo shown on the next design was worn on the right sides. I think the small text beneath the bear may have read "MONTANA" rather than "GRIZZLIES" during at least one season.

*2 This design was brought back for use during the 2008 home game against Montana State.

*3 Worn during the 2010 home game against Montana State. The design included a very large, black "bear paw" logo at the back of the helmet, not visible from the vantage point used at this website.

*4 This design had a large gray or silver "bear paw" logo on the back side of the helmet, not visible from the vantage point used at this website.


MONTANA STATE

? - 1961 1962 - 1968; 1970;
1976 - 1981?
1982 - 1983
'B'
1984 - 1990; 2014 1991 - 1996;
September 23, 2006
1997 - 1999
'C'
November 19, 2011 2000 - 2012 2014 - 2015
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'D' 'E' 'A'
2015 - 2017 2015 2013 -
*see note 3 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2016 2017 - 2017
*see note 4 below
'I' 'J'
2017 - 2018 -

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

From 1971 through 1975, the design shown in the photograph below was used. The helmet shells were gold, with a "bobcat head" decal on both sides which was colored in blue, white, and red, with a yellow outline around it. I would greatly appreciate a copy of this logo from someone.

*1 Worn during the 2011 home game against Montana.

*2 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; the right side has a large "bobcat head" logo (as represented below).

*3 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a large "bobcat head" logo (as represented below).

*4 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a large "bobcat head" logo (as represented below).


NORTHERN ARIZONA

? - 1998 1999 - 2004 2005 - 2009
'B' 'A'
2010 - 2013 2014 2014 -
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'C' 'D'
2015 - 2015 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below

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

*1 Uniform numerals are present only on the left side of this design; on the right side is an "NAU"/"axe head" logo (as shown below).

*2 Numerals are worn only on the left side of this design; on the right side is an "NAU"/"axe head" logo (as shown below).

*3 Numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is an "NAU"/"axe head" logo (as shown below).

*4 Numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is an "NAU"/"axe head" logo (as shown below).


NORTHERN COLORADO

? - 2001 2002 - 2005 2006 - 2007
2008 - 2009 2010 - 2013 November 22, 2014
'A'
2014 2015 2016 -
'B' (and 'B1') 'C' 'D'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -
*see note 1 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2017 - 2017 - 2018 -
'H'
2018 -

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

  • 2018: B-A-C; B-A-F; C-F-C; G-H
  • 2017: B-C-A; D-A-C; A-C-B; E
  • 2016: A-A-B; B-B-A; B1-B1-C; C-C

*1 Design 'B1' is identical to 'B' as seen from the left side, but has a different logo - a 'bear head' - on the right side (as represented below).


PORTLAND STATE

c.1970 ? - c.1998 c.1999 - 2001
*see note 1 below
'A'
2002 - 2006 2007 - 2009 2010 - 2014
'B' 'C' 'D'
2010 - 2013 2011 - 2013 2011
'E' 'F' 'G'
2014 2015 2016
*see note 1 below
'H'
2016 -

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

  • 2017 & 2018: H (entire season)
  • 2016: G-G-H; H-G-G; G-H-H; H-G
  • 2015: F (entire season)
  • 2014: E-E-E; A-E-E1; A-E1-A; A-?-A
  • 2013: B-C-C; C-A-C; ?-A-C; A-A-A
  • 2012: B-C-C; A-?-C; A-C?-?; C-?
  • 2011: B-A-A; A-C-C; A-?-A; ?-D
  • 2010: A-A-A; A-A-A; A-B-B; B-B

*1 Design 'E1' differs from 'E' in that the viking head logo (as on 'C') is worn on the right side of the helmet.


SACRAMENTO STATE

? - 2001 2002 2003
2004 2005 - 2006 2007 - 2014
'A' 'B' 'C'
2015 - 2015 2016 -
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -
'G' 'H'
2018 - 2018 -

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

  • 2018: A-A-G; D-D-D; A-A-H; H
  • 2017: A-A-D; D-A-D; A-A-A; E-F
  • 2016: A-A-C; C-D-D; E-A-C; E-A
  • 2015: A-A-A; A-A-A; A-B-B; A-A

I have not received much information about helmet designs used by Sacramento State before the 1990s, but it has been reporte to me that the "SAC" design was in use as early as the late 1960s. The team also apparently used yellow helmets during at least some years in the 1970s.

Photographs from the 1969 season suggest that the team was using yellow helmets with a green "S" on the sides, probably a green-white-green sequence of stripes, and a version of the "100" decal worn at the back of the helmet.

*1 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a very large "S" logo (as represented below).


SOUTHERN UTAH

1961 - ? 1973 1976 - 1977
c.mid 1990s c.late 1990s ? - 2000
'B'
2002 2003 - 2010 2014 - 2015
*see note 1 below
'C' 'A' 'D'
2015 2011 - 2014 2016
'E' 'F' 'G'
2016 2016 2016
'H' 'I' 'J'
2016 2017 - 2017 -
'K' 'L'
2017 - 2017 -

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

  • 2018: I-I-K; L-L-K; K-L-L; J-I
  • 2017: I-J-L; K-I-I; J-J-L; L-I-I (the last game being an FCS playoff game vs Weber State)
  • 2016: E-E-F; F-F-F; G-H-H; H-H
  • 2015: B-A-B; B-B-C; C-C-B; B-B
  • 2014: A-A-A; A-A-B; B-B-A; A-A-B

*1 The logo shown on this helmet was actually worn only on the right sides of the helmets in 2002; on the left sides, white players' uniform numerals with black outlines were used. The 2001 helmet design was identical, except that the right side of the helmet was left "blank" (no bird head decals). I would appreciate a clear photograph showing the LEFT side of either the 2001 or 2002 SUU helmet design.


UC DAVIS

'A' 'B'
? - 1999
November 22, 2014
2000 - 2016 2015 - 2016
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'C' 'D' 'E'
2016 - 2017 2018 -
'F' 'G' 'H'
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -

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

  • 2018: E-C-F; C-E-C; E-E-C; C-G-H (through twelve games)
  • 2017: C-C-C; C-C-C; C-C-C; D-C
  • 2016: A-C-C; C-B-C; B-B-B; C-C
  • 2015: A-A-B; B-B-A; B-B-A; A-A

*1 During the 2014 home game vs Sacramento State the script "Davis" logo was used for the first time in many years, but only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side was worn a "C" logo with a smaller "A" inside (as shown below). This is probably a reproduction of a logo used by the team during some previous decade.

*2 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is the script "Davis" logo (as represented below).


WEBER STATE

c.1980s - 1996? 1997 1998 - 2000
2001 - 2005 2006 - 2011 2012 - 2014
'A' 'B' 'C'
2015 - 2015 - 2017 2017
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E'
2018 - 2018 -

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

  • 2018: A-D-D; E-A-A; A-D-A; A-A-D (through twelve games)
  • 2017: B-A-B; A-A-B; B-C-A; A-A-A; A-A (the last three games being FCS playoff games vs Western Illinois, at Southern Utah, and at James Madison)
  • 2016: B-A-B; A-A-B; A-A-B; B-A-A (the last game being a FCS playoff game at Chattanooga)
  • 2015: A-A-B; A-B-A; B-A-A; B-B

*1 This design has numerals on its left side only; the right side features a "wildcat head" logo (as represented below).