Mid-American Conference


Eastern Division

AKRON BOWLING GREEN BUFFALO
"Zips" "Falcons" "Bulls"
Akron, OH Bowling Green, OH Buffalo, NY
KENT STATE MIAMI OHIO
"Golden Flashes" "RedHawks" "Bobcats"
Kent, OH Oxford, OH Athens, OH

Western Division

BALL STATE CENTRAL MICHIGAN EASTERN MICHIGAN
"Cardinals" "Chippewas" "Eagles"
Muncie, IN Mount Pleasant, MI Ypsilanti, MI
NORTHERN ILLINOIS TOLEDO WESTERN MICHIGAN
"Huskies" "Rockets" "Broncos"
De Kalb, IL Toledo, OH Kalamazoo, MI

Historical Helmets

AKRON

c.mid 1960s 1966 1967 - 1969
c.1975 - 1978 1979 1980? - 1982
1983 - 1985 1986 - 1987 1988 - 1994
1995 -
September 8, 2001
September 22, 2001 -
end of 2001
2002
*see note 1 below
'A' 'B'
November 24, 2005 2003 - 2013 2013
'C' 'D' 'E'
2013 2013 2014
'F' 'G' (and 'G1') 'H'
2014 - 2015 2015 - 2015
*see note 2 below
'I' 'J' 'K'
2015 2016 - 2016 -
*see note 3 below *see note 3 below
'L' 'M' 'N'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
*see note 3 below *see note 3 below
'O' 'P' 'Q'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -
'R' 'S' 'T'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
*see note 3 below *see note 3 below *see note 3 below
'U' 'V' 'W'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
*see note 3 below *see note 3 below
'X' 'Y' 'Z'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
'AA' 'AB' 'AC'
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -
*see note 3 below
'AD' 'AE' 'AF'
2018 - 2018 - 2019 -
'AG' 'AH' 'AI'
2019 - 2019 - 2019 -
'AJ' 'AK'
2019 - 2019 -

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

The 1979 Akron helmet had a gold shell, a white/blue/white stripe sequence, and a logo on the sides of the team name "Zips" (photograph below). I would appreciate a larger and clearer photograph from the 1979 season.

*1 This design was first used during Akron's game at Purdue on September 22, 2001, which was the team's second game during the 2001 season. The red central stripe was added "in support of the 'Fire Truck Fund', an effort to raise money...in the Greater Akron area to purchase a new fire truck for the City of New York", following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (source: the Official Athletic Site of the University of Akron, Sep. 20, 2001). The red stripe was to remain for the rest of the 2001 season, according to the article.

*2 Designs 'G' and 'G1' are identical on their left sides, but appear different as seen from the right side. 'G' has a large "kangaroo head" logo at the back of the helmet, off-centered somewhat towards the right side of the helmet. ,'G1' has the 'Z' logo on its right side; below are representations of these two.

'G' 'G1'

*3 The right side of each of these designs differs from the left as represented below.

'J' 'K' 'M'
'N' 'R' 'S'
'T' 'V' 'W'
'AA'

BALL STATE

1957 - 1960 1961 - 1967 1968
1969 1970 1971 - 1984
'A' 'B'
1985 - 1989 1990 - 2014 2014
'C' 'D' 'E'
2015 2015 2015 -
*see note 1 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2015 2015 2015
*see note 1 below
'I' 'J' 'K'
2016 2016 - 2016 - 2018
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'L' 'M' 'N'
2016 - 2017; 2019 - 2016 2016 -
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'O' 'P' 'Q'
2016 - 2016; 2018 2017
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'R' 'S' 'T'
2017 - 2017 2017; 2019 -
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'U' (and 'U1') 'V' 'W'
2017 - 2019 - 2020 -
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'X'
2020 -

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

Ball State's 1999 media guide listed the following information for helmets used by the team prior to the period covered by this web site: leather helmets were used from 1924 through 1955, and in 1956 the team used red helmets, each with a single white stripe. The designs shown above are believed to be the complete set for the period covered by this site (1960 to present).

*1 The right side of each of these designs differs from the left side as represented below.

'E' 'F' 'I'
'J' 'K' 'L'
'M' 'N' 'O'
'P' 'Q' 'R'
'S' 'T' 'U'
'U1' 'V' 'W'

BOWLING GREEN

1960 1963 1961; 1964 - 1967
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
1968 1969 1970
1962; 1971 - 1975 1977 1978
'D'
1976; 1979 1980 1981 - 2003; 2014
'F'
2004 - 2006 2007 - 2010 2012
'B' 'C' 'E'
2014 2014 2014 -
*see note 2 below
'G' 'H' 'I'
2015 - 2015 - 2015
'J' 'K' 'A'
2015 2015 2011 -
'L' 'M' 'N'
2015 2016 - 2016 -
'O' 'P' 'Q'
2016 - 2017 - 2018 -
'R' 'S'
2019 - 2020 -

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

To the best of my knowledge the above are all of the different helmet designs used by BGSU since 1960.

*1 These two designs are among the more unusual helmet designs I have encountered while working on this website. From the photographs of these that I have seen, it appears that an irregular area of white spray paint was applied to each helmet, and then a template was used to apply an orange falcon over the white area (or, just as likely, perhaps a template in the falcon shape was applied to the helmet first, then peeled off after the white paint was sprayed over it). The white areas had "blurry edges" and varied in size and shape considerably from one helmet to the next, but were placed in approximately the same region on each helmet.


BUFFALO

c.1960 - 1962 1963 - 1965 1966
1967 1968 1969 - 1970
1977 1978 - 1979 1980
1981 - 1983 1984 - 1989 1990 - 1994
1995 - 1996 1997 1998 - 1999
'B'
2000 2001 - 2005 2014 -
'C' 'D' 'A'
2014 - 2015 - 2006 -
'E' 'F' 'G'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
'H' 'I' 'J'
2015 - 2015 - 2016 -
'K' 'L' 'M'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'N' 'O' 'P'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'Q' 'R' 'S'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -
'T' 'U' 'V'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
'W' 'X' 'Y'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
'Z' 'AA' 'AB'
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -
'AC' 'AD' 'AE'
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -
'AF' 'AG' 'AH'
2019 - 2019 - 2019 -
'AI' 'AJ' 'AK'
2019 - 2019 - 2019 -
'AL'
2020 -

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

Buffalo discontinued its football program following the 1970 season, at which time the team was classified as a "major" one by the NCAA. The program was reinstated at the Division III level in 1977; it moved to Division II in 1988, to Division I-AA in 1993, and to Division I-A in 1999.

As for the "missing" helmets, I have partial information for each of these:

Below are photos of these designs:

Additional information about the missing helmets would be appreciated. I would need only color photographs in order to add these to the website (other than the 1978-1979 design, for which I would also need the helmet logo). The cartoon buffalo used from 1980 to 1983 is apparently very similar to the one shown below.


CENTRAL MICHIGAN

1960 - 1961 1965 1962 - 1964; 1966
1967 - 1972 1973 - 1979 1980 - 1988
1989 1990 - 1996 2006 - 2008
September 8, 2012 September 21, 2013 1997 - 2005; 2009 - 2014
'A' 'B' 'C'
2015 - 2015 - 2016 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2017 - 2017 -
*see note 1 below
'G'
2018 -

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

Some photographs from the 1964 season show some CMU players wearing a simple "C" logo on their helmets, as in the photograph below. It is unclear if this logo was ever used by most of the team simultaneously, so I have not (for now) included it in the list of helmet designs above. Otherwise this is to the best of my knowledge the complete set of historical helmet designs for CMU for the period covered by this web site (1960 to present).

*1 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is the "C" logo (hence the right side looks like design 'G' above).


EASTERN MICHIGAN

c.1950s - 1965 1966 1967 - 1975
1976 - 1978 1979 - 1983 1984 - 1990
1991 1991 - 1992 1993 - 1995
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
1996 - 1998 1999 2000 - 2001
'B'
2002 - 2003 2004 - 2009 2012
'C' 'F' 'D'
2012 - 2014 2012; 2014 2013
'E' 'G' 'A'
2013 2014 - 2015 2010 - 2014
*see note 2 below
'H' 'I' 'J'
2015 2015 2015
*see note 3 below
'K' 'L' 'M'
2015 2016 - 2016 -
'N' 'O' 'P'
2016 2016 2016
'Q' 'R'
2017 - 2018 -

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

Through the 1990 season EMU's teams were known as the "Hurons"; hence the logos on the pre-1991 helmets.

*1 During 1991, the "100" logo was worn on the left side of the helmet for the entire season in recognition of the university's 100th season of football. The big "E" was used on the right side of the helmet during both 1991 and 1992; during 1992, the left side of the helmet was left "blank".

*2 The "E" logo was worn only on the left side of this design; on the right side were green uniform numerals and a large pale gray outline of the state of Michigan (as depicted below).

*3 The "E" logo was worn only on the left side of this design; on the right side were white uniform numerals (as depicted below).


KENT STATE

1960 - 1963 1964 - 1965 1966
1967 - 1968 1969 - 1970 1973
*see note 1 below
1971 - 1972; 1974 - 1975 1976 - 1978 1979
1980 - 1986 1987 - 1988 1990
*see note 2 below
1990 1989 - 1992 1993
*see note 2 below
1994 - 1997 1998 - 1999 September 4, 2004
January 6, 2013 October 5, 2013 November 2, 2013
'A'
October 10, 2015 2000 - 2015 2016 -
*see note 3 below
'B' 'C' 'D'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'E' 'F' 'G'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'H' 'I' 'J'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
'K' 'L' 'M'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
'N' 'O' 'P'
2017 - 2018 - 2018 -
*see note 4 below
'Q' 'R' 'S'
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -
*see note 4 below
'T' 'U' 'V'
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -
*see note 4 below
'W' 'X' 'Y'
2018 - 2018 - 2019 -
*see note 4 below
'Z' 'AA' 'AB'
2019 - 2019 - 2019 -
'AC' 'AD' 'AE'
2019 - 2020 - 2020 -
*see note 5 below
'AF'
2020 -
*see note 4 below

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

During three games in 2017 Kent State used a new helmet logo, a large "K" with a "lighting bolt" across it bearing the school name (as in the photograph below). Other versions of this logo were worn on blue and yellow helmets (accounting for helmet designs 'K', 'M', and 'N'). I have been unable to locate the artwork for this helmet decal, so I would greatly appreciate a copy of the artwork for it from anyone who has access to it.

*1 Kent State used the college football centennial "100" logo during at least part of the 1969 season. The decal was placed at the bottom rear of the helmet and consisted of a dark-colored football shape with a white outline and with the numerals "100" in white.

*2 At least three different stripe variations were used during the 1990 season. Photographs from game #2 vs Akron show helmets with no stripes; two yellow stripes bordered by very narrow blue stripes can be seen on the helmets in photographs from game #7 vs Ohio; and for game #3 vs Western Michigan, the helmets appear to be the same as those used in 1989, 1991, and 1992 (with a single blue stripe). I would appreciate hearing from anybody who can clarify which design was used during Kent State's other games in 1990.

*3 During the entire 2014 season Kent State wore the number "54" on the right side of each helmet (as shown below) in memory of team member Jacob Bitsko, who died unexpectedly of natural causes on August 20, 2014. 54 was Bitsko's uniform numeral.

*4 On each of these designs the "lightning bolt" is worn on the left side only; uniform numbers are worn on the right side (as represented below).

'P' 'R' 'U'
'Y' 'AF'

*5 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of design 'AC', on the right side is the oversized "K"/bird logo (hence the appearance is like that of design "H" above).


MIAMI

1960 1963 - 1964 1965
1966 - 1971 1972 - 1973 1974 - 1977
1979 1980 1981 - 1982
1983 - 1985 1986 1987 - 1989
1990 - 1992 1978; 1993 1994 - 1996
1997 January 6, 2011 1998 - 2010
*see note 1 below
'A' 'B'
2011 - 2012 September 21, 2013; 2015 - 2013 - 2015
'C' 'D' 'E' (and 'E1' & 'E2')
2015 August 30, 2014; 2015 - 2016 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -
'I' 'J' 'K'
2017 - 2018 - 2019 -
*see note 4 below
'L' 'M' 'N'
2019 - 2019 - 2019 -
*see note 5 below *see note 5 below *see note 5 below
'O' 'P' 'Q'
2019 - 2020 - 2020 -
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below

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

Miami's team nickname was "Redskins" prior to the 1997 season.

*1 Worn vs Middle Tennessee State during the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl game in Mobile, AL. The 'M' logo is present on the left side only of this design; uniform numerals are worn on the right side (as represented below).

*2 The large "hawk head" logo is worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side are red uniform numerals (as depicted below).

*3 Helmet design 'E' has the "M" logo on both sides; 'E1' and 'E2' have the "M" on the left side only. On the right side, 'E1' has a "ribbon" logo in one of nine different colors; these ribbons were chosen by each player and recognize those affected by different types of cancer. Below are representations of these designs.

Blood cancers Leukemia and
kidney cancers
Breast cancer
Liver, ovarian, and
cervical cancer
Leiomyosarcoma,
pancreatic Cancer,
& testicular Cancer
Colon and esophageal
cancer
Bladder and sarcoma/
bone cancer
Melanoma Lung cancer

'E2' has uniform numerals on its right side (as represented below).

*4 Miami again used a set of "cancer awareness" decals during the team's October 19, 2019 home game against Northern Illinois. Nine different colors were used, each chosen by the player wearing the helmet and recognizing victims of a different type of cancer. Below are representations of these nine variations; the number in parenthesis is the number of players on the team who elected to use that version, per an announcement on the team's website. The cancer awareness ribbons were worn on the left side only of each helmet; uniform numbers were worn on the right side.

Breast cancer (43) Colon cancer &
esophogeal cancer (19)
Lung cancer (12)
Leiomyosarcoma,
pancreatic cancer,
& testicular cancer (9)
Kidney cancer &
leukemia (8)
Melanoma (6)
Blood cancers (4) Liver cancer, ovarian
cancer, and cervical cancer (4)
Bladder cancer,
sarcoma/bone cancer (3)
right side of 'K'

*5 Designs 'L', 'M', 'N', 'O', and 'Q' have logos on their left sides only; uniform numbers are worn on the right side of each of these (as represented below).

'L' 'M' 'N'
'O' 'Q'

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

? - 1968 1969 1970 - c.1975
*see note 1 below
c.1975 - c.1976 c.1976 - 1979 c.early 1980s
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
c.late 1980s 1997 ? - 1996; 1998 - 2000
2001 November 13, 2013 November 26, 2013;
December 6, 2013
'A' 'B'
2002 - 2013 2014 - 2015 2014
'C' 'D' 'E'
2014 - 2016 2014 - 2016 2014 - 2015
'F' 'G' 'H'
2015 2015 - 2016 2015 - 2016
'I' 'J' 'K'
2015 - 2015 2015
'L' 'M' 'N'
2016 2016 2016
'O' 'P' 'Q'
2017 - 2018 - 2018 -
'R' 'S'
2019 - 2019 -

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

The dates of use for several of the earlier designs shown above are uncertain - clarification would be appreciated for these.

*1 NIU used black helmets with white numerals on the sides by at least 1965; I do not have much information yet from the years before then.

*2 Gray facemasks may have been used with this design during the earlier years of its use.

*3 Some photographs that I have seen from the early 1980s suggest that NIU was using helmets of a darker shade of red than is shown here, perhaps a crimson color similar to that presently used by Oklahoma or Alabama.


OHIO

1960 - 1961 1962 1963 - 1965
1966 1967 - 1972 1973 - 1976
*see note 1 below
1977 1978 1979 - 1990
1991 - 1994 1995 2003
'F' 'B' 'C'
November 8, 2008;
2018
November 3, 2011;
2012 - 2013
2012 - 2013
'D' 'E' 'A'
2014 - 2017 2014 - 2017 1996 - 2002; 2004 -
'G' 'H' 'I'
2018 2018 2019 -
'J'
2020 -

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

To the best of my knowledge the above are the complete set of historical helmet designs for Ohio for the period 1960 to 2012.

*1 During the 1969 season, a version of the "100"/football shaped-logo was worn at the bottom rear of the helmet. The football shape was some dark color, and the numerals were apparently white.


TOLEDO

? - 1961? 1962? 1963?
1964 - 1966 1967 - 1972 1973
1974 c.1975 c.1976
c.1977 - 1980 1981 - 1996 1997 - 2008
'C'
December 28, 2011 2009 - 2011 2012 - 2013; 2017 -
'B' 'A' 'D'
October 6, 2012 2012; 2014 - 2012 - 2013
'E' 'F' 'G'
2013 2013 - 2014 2013
'H' 'I' 'J'
2013 2014 - 2014
'K' 'L' 'M'
2014 2014 2014
*see note 1 below
'N' 'O' 'P'
2015 2015 2015 - 2016
'Q' 'R' 'S'
2016 2016 - 2017 2016 - 2017
'T' 'U' 'V'
2016 - 2017 2016; 2020 - 2017
'W' 'X' 'Y'
2017 2019 2020 -

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

Toledo's helmet history is unclear for the earliest years covered by this web site (early 1960s). The team apparently used white helmets from at least 1960 through 1966. Judging from a very small number of photographs it would appear that these white helmets had a single dark stripe in 1960 and 1961 (probably blue, if the school colors have not changed); a single photograph from 1962 shows numbers on the sides of the helmet (otherwise like 1961); and in 1963 what was apparently a "rocket" logo different from the 1964-1966 one was used (photo below). Numerals of unknown color are also visible at the back of the helmets in all available clear photos from 1963 through 1966.

The 1973 helmet design had a blue shell, a yellow/blue/yellow set of stripes, and a rather small yellow oval or football-shaped logo on both sides (photographs below found in opposing teams' yearbooks - Toledo did not publish a 1974 yearbook). No photographs have been found that are sufficiently clear to reveal what was inside the football-shape, but it has been reported to me that the logo contained the name of a member of the team, Tony January, who had died during a practice session earlier in the year.

*1 Worn January 4, 2015 during the GoDaddy Bowl at Mobile, AL (vs Arkansas State). Uniform numerals were worn only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side was a dark blue shape like that of the state of Ohio containing a yellow "rocket" logo (as represented below).


WESTERN MICHIGAN

1964 - 1968 c.early 1960s; 1969 - 1973 1974
1975 1976 - 1977 1978 - 1983
1984 1985 - 1992 1993 - 1996
1997 1998 - 2004 2005 - 2010
'A' 'B' 'C' (and 'C1' & 'C2')
2011 - 2012 2012 2013 -
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E' (and 'E1') 'F'
2013 - 2013 - 2013 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'G' 'H' 'I'
2013 - 2014 - 2014 -
*see note 4 below
'J' 'K' 'L'
2014 - 2014 - 2014 -
'M' 'N' 'O'
2014 - 2015 - 2015 -
'P' 'Q' 'R'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
'S' 'T' 'U'
2015 - 2016 - 2016 -
'V' 'W' 'X'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'Y' 'Z' 'AA'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'AB' 'AC' 'AD'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'AE' 'AF' 'AG'
2016 - 2017 - 2017 -
'AH' 'AI' 'AJ'
2017 - 2017 - 2018 -
'AK' 'AL' 'AM'
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -
'AN' 'AO' 'AP'
2018 - 2018 2019 -
'AQ' 'AR'
2019 2020 -
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below

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

In 1974 WMU's helmets were of some light color, apparently either yellow or gold, and had a stripe sequence of brown-white-brown. No decals are visible in any of the photographs that I have seen of this design.

*1 Design 'C2' has the bronco head logo on both sides; 'C' and 'C1' have different right sides as represented below.


'C' 'C1'

*2 Design 'D' has the bronco head logo on its left side only; on the right side are white uniform numerals (as depicted below). 'D1' has the bronco head on both sides.

*3 Design 'E' has the bronco head logo on its left side only; on the right side are gold uniform numerals (as depicted below). 'E1' has the bronco head on both sides.

*4 The bronco logo is present on the left side only of this design; on the right side are pink uniform numerals (as depicted below).

*5 The Michigan state outline is present on the left side only of this design; uniform numbers are worn on the right side (as depicted below).

*6 The bronco logo is worn on the left side only of this design; uniform numerbers adorn the right side (as depicted below).