Mountain West Conference


Mountain Division

AIR FORCE BOISE STATE COLORADO STATE
"Falcons" "Broncos" "Rams"
Air Force Academy, CO Boise, ID Fort Collins, CO
NEW MEXICO UTAH STATE WYOMING
"Lobos" "Aggies" "Cowboys"
Albuquerque, NM Logan, UT Laramie, WY

West Division

FRESNO STATE HAWAI'I NEVADA
"Bulldogs" "Rainbow Warriors" "Wolf Pack"
Fresno, CA Honolulu, HI Reno, NV
SAN DIEGO STATE SAN JOSE STATE UNLV
"Aztecs" "Spartans" "Rebels"
San Diego, CA San Jose, CA Las Vegas, NV

Historical Helmets

AIR FORCE

1959? - c.1973 1980 - 1998 1999 - 2006
'A' 'B'
December 31, 2009 c.1974 - 1979; 2007 - 2011;
2015
2010 - 2011
*see note 1 below
'C' 'D' 'E'
2010 2010 2011 - 2013
*see note 2 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2012 - 2012 2014
'I' 'J' 'K'
2014 2014 2015
'L' 'M' 'N'
2015 - 2016 2017 -
*see note 3 below
'O
2018 -
*see note 4 below

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

*1 This design was used during the Armed Forces Bowl game against Houston at the end of the 2009 season. Both the lightning bolt and the tapered stripe along the top of the helmet have a digital camouflage pattern.

*2 Worn vs Georgia Tech during the 2010 Independence Bowl game in Shreveport, LA. This design featurs an asymmetrical stripe sequence - the white middle stripe is flanked by a blue stripe on the left side of the helmet, and by a red stripe on the right side.

*3 The Air Force logo is worn on the left side only of this design. On the right side of each helmet is one of five insignia representing the Air Force's operational F-35-A fighter squadrons; below are representations of these designs.

34th Fighter Squadron 58th Fighter Squadron 61st Fighter Squadron
62nd Fighter Squadron 63rd Fighter Squadron

*4 This design recognizes the Air Force's AC-130 gunship aircraft with a "painting" of the aircraft in flight beneath the full moon on the left side only; on the right side of each helmet are one of two insignia representing configurations of the aircraft in use by the Air Force.

AC-130U Spooky AC-130W Stinger II &
AC-130J Ghostrider

BOISE STATE

1968 1969 1970 - 1973
*see note 1 below
1972 - 1973 1976 - 1977 1974 - 1975; 1978 - 1979
1980 - 1986 1987 - 1990 1991 - 1996
'A'
1997 - 2001 2002 - 2008 2009 - 2011
'B' (and 'B1') 'C' (and 'C1') 'D'
2011 - 2012 2010 - 2012 2011
*see note 3 below *see note 2 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2012 2013 - 2013 -
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below *see note 6 below
'H' 'I' 'J'
2013 - 2016 2014 - 2015; 2017 - 2014 -
*see note 7 below *see note 8 below *see note 9 below
'K' 'L' 'M'
2015 2016 - 2017 -
*see note 10 below *see note 11 below

During recent seasons Boise State has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

The 1968 Boise State helmet apparently featured an orange shell with a blue stripe and a logo that was similar to the one shown on the "1972-1973" helmet above. The rather thick circular outline around the logo was probably blue and may have contained some text; below is the clearest photo I have received of the 1968 helmet:

Several people reported seeing a possible "unknown" Boise State helmet during an ESPN segment on October 26, 2010 - the report showed a display of historical helmets for the team, in addition to the one in the photo below, which has never previously been reported to this web site. Did Boise State ever actually use this design? At the present time, I doubt that it was ever used, but any additional information would be greatly appreciated. If the design was used, it was probably used during the period 1970 - 1974, and probably for only a very short time (definitely not for a whole season, as I have received at least one photo from every year showing some other design in use).

The school's name was changed from Boise College to Boise State College in 1969, and again to the present name in 1974. As a junior college, the school had a football team from 1933 through 1967. The team played at the NCAA Division II level from 1968 through 1977, and at the Division I-AA level from 1978 through 1995, before moving to Division I-A in 1996.

*1 This design is also reported to have been used by the Boise College junior college team from 1957 through 1967.

*2 Helmet design 'C' has the large "bronco head" logo on its left side only; the right side has silver or gray uniform numerals (as shown below). Design 'C1' is identical to 'C' except that the right side is "blank" (no uniform numerals). 'C1' was first worn September 6, 2010 (vs Virginia Tech at Landover, MD).

*3 Helmet design 'B' features a large "bronco head" logo on the left side only; blue uniform numerals are worn on the right side (as depicted below). Design 'B1' (used only on September 3, 2011 vs Georgia at Atlanta, GA) was identical to 'B' except that the right side of the helmet was "blank" (no uniform numerals).

*4 The large "bronco head" is worn on the left side only of this design; silver or "mirror"-like uniform numerals are worn on the right side (as on the left side of design 'H' above).

*5 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a large "bronco head" like that shown on design 'B' above.

*6 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a large "bronco head" like that shown on design 'C' above.

*7 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a large "bronco head" like that shown on design 'E' above.

*8 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a large "bronco head" (as represented below).

*9 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a large "bronco head" like that shown on design 'C' above.

*10 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a large "bronco head" (as represented below).

*11 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a large "bronco head" like that shown on design 'C' above.


COLORADO STATE

1959 - 1961 1964 1962 - 1963; 1965 - 1968
1969 1970 - 1972 1973 - 1981
1982 - 1992 1993 - 1994 September 8, 2007
'B' 'C' 'D'
October 27, 2012;
September 28, 2013;
2014 -
2017 - 2017 -
'A'
1995 -

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

During the 1964 season, Colorado State wore helmets that were similar to those worn the previous year, but with the addition (during at least some games) of what was apparently a "ram head" logo. Apparently there are almost no surviving photographs showing this logo in use among the archives at CSU - but what about those of the 1964 team's opponents? CSU played at Wyoming, Air Force, Utah State, Arizona State, New Mexico, UTEP, and Hawai'i in 1964, so I would greatly appreciate any photos better than the one below.

The 1969 CSU helmet was identical to the first helmet shown above, but with the addition of a "100" decal, as shown in the photo below. The football-shape is probably green or blue; I actually think blue is more likely, as I have not seen any clear color photographs showing a green version in use by any team.

Below is a photo from the 1973 season showing a couple of CSU players wearing very "thick" horn decals on their helmets - does anyone know the story behind these unusual decals?


FRESNO STATE

1961 - c.mid 1960s c.late 1960s 1969
c.1970s c.1978 1988
*see note 1 below
'G'
1981? - 1987; 1989 - 1996?;
2013; 2017 -
2006 (last four games) 1997? - 2010
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'C' 'A'
2011 2012 - 2013 2013 -
*see note 4 below
'B' 'D' 'E'
2013 - 2016 2014 - 2016 2014 - 2015
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below
'F' 'H'
2014; 2016 - 2017 -

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

I have probably received less information about Fresno State's historical helmets than I have for any other NCAA Division I-FBS college, so I would greatly appreciate additional information from anyone familiar with the team. There are particularly big gaps in my information for the years from 1960 to about 1980.

A few other known helmet designs appear in the photographs below:

The first photo shows the design that was used during the late 1960s; it featured white numerals that were worn on helmets that I think were almost certainly red in color. The middle stripe appears to be a darker color than the (probably) red shell, and may be black or dark blue - a color photograph would be appreciated.

The middle photograph shows the 1969 Fresno State helmet with the "100" college football centennial logo - I would guess that the football shape was blue with white numerals.

The third photo is from 1978 and shows an unknown logo (or something) on the sides of the helmet - probably a cartoon bulldog logo, perhaps one very similar to the one currently used by the team. I would greatly appreciate a clearer photograph from the 1978 season.

*1 It has been reported to me that, during the 1988 football season a black stripe was worn on the helmet in memory of Lucille Sweeney, wife of Fresno State's then-head coach, Jim Sweeney; Lucille died in 1988.

*2 1981 marks the earliest use of the script "Bulldogs" logo that I have yet identified - was it used earlier than 1981?

*3 Plain red helmets were worn during the last four games of the 2006 season (November 11 vs New Mexico State, Nov. 18 vs Idaho, Nov.24 at Louisiana Tech, and December 2 at San Jose State).

*4 First worn August 31, 2013 (vs Rutgers).

*5 First worn November 2, 2013 (vs Nevada). The "bulldog head" logo was worn only on the left side of each helmet; the right side featured silver or "mirror"-like uniform numerals (as represented below).

*6 First worn October 3, 2014 (vs San Diego State). The "bulldog head" logo was worn only on the left side of each helmet; the right side features red uniform numerals (as represented below).


HAWAI'I

c.early 1950s - 1960;
1962 - 1969;
November 16, 2013;
November 30, 2013
1970 - 1973 1974
1975 1976 1977 - 1981
1982 - 1998;
October 25, 2014;
November 22, 2014;
September 12, 2015;
October 3, 2015
1999 2000
2005 - 2007 November 24, 2012 October 10, 2015
*see note 1 below
'A' 'C'
2001 - 2015 November 28, 2015;
2016 -
October 29, 2016
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'B' 'D'
2017 - 2018 -
*see note 3 below

During recent years Hawai'i has used the following sequence of helmet designs:

The above are apparently the complete set of historical helmet designs for Hawai'i from 1960 to present. The team was discontinued following the 1960 season but was brought back in 1962. What should probably be called a "club-level" team played in 1961 against a series of semi-pro or amateur teams. Hawai'i played at the NCAA Division II level until 1974 when it moved to Division I; the team nickname was changed from "Rainbows" to "Rainbow Warriors" in 1974, and then to "Warriors" in 2000. In 2013 "Rainbow Warriors" was reinstated as the official team nickname.

*1 Both of these designs were used during the 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons. The green helmets were used for home games, and the silver ones for road games, with four exceptions: on both December 3, 2005 (vs San Diego State) and November 18, 2006 (vs San Jose State), the silver helmets were used during home games; on October 13, 2007 (at San Jose State) and November 16, 2007 (at Nevada), the green helmets were used during road games.

*2 The "12-7-41" on this design commemorates the date of the Empire of Japan's attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, which drew the United States into the second World War. The numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side features the shoulder insignia worn by both the U.S. Army Reserve's 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Infantry Regiment, units composed of Japanese-Americans living in Hawai'i at the time of World War II (as represented below). This design was worn during Hawai'i's home game against New Mexico in 2016, a few weeks prior to the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

*3 The "map of Hawai'i" logo is present on the left side only of this design; the "H" logo is worn on the right side (as represented below).


NEVADA

? - 1975 1977 - c.1979 1986 - ?
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
? - 1999 2000 2001
*see note 3 below
2002 - 2004 2005 - 2007 2012
'G' (and 'G1') 'B' 'A'
2008 - 2011; 2016 2013 2013
*see note 4 below
'C' 'F' 'D'
2013 - 2014 2015 2014 -
*see note 5 below
'E' 'H' 'I'
2014 2017 - 2017 -
*see note 6 below

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

*1 Photographs show that the "N" decal was worn considerably higher up on the helmet during at least some games in 1974 and 1975. 1974 is the earliest use of this design I have yet identified.

*2 During at least portions of the 1978 season, some players used a different stripe sequence with this helmet design: a red stripe in the middle, bordered by two white stripes. The number of players using this alternate stripe sequence appears to be quite small in the photographs that I have seen, so I suspect that this was some sort of "award" for outstanding play, or perhaps a special design used by team captains, or something else of that nature.

*3 This design was used at least as early as 1995.

*4 Design 'G' (used 2008-2011) has the silver wolf head logo on both sides; 'G1' has the wolf head on the left side only while the right side has a silver-colored version of the 'Pack' logo (as on design 'B').

*5 Worn during home games vs UNLV in 2013 and vs Fresno State in 2014. The right side of this design is different from the left and has a "wolf head" logo (as shown below).

*6 The 'Battle Born' logo is worn on the left side of this design only; the right side has uniform numerals enclosed within an outline of the state of Nevada (as shown below).


NEW MEXICO

1960 - 1963 1964 - 1965 1966 - ?
? - 1968 1969 1970 - 1971
1972 - 1973 1974 - 1979 1980 - 1986
1987; 1996 1988 1989 - 1991
1992 - 1995 1997 - 1998 1999 - 2000
2001 - 2003 September 3, 2011 November 12, 2011;
November 19, 2011
'D' 'C'
2004 - 2011 November 8, 2013;
September 12, 2015
2014 -
'B' 'A' 'E'
2014 - 2012 - 2015 -
'F' (and 'F1') 'G' 'H'
2015 - 2015 - 2016 -
'I' 'J' 'K'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'L' 'M' (and 'M1') 'N'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
*see note 1 below

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

*1 Design 'M' has the lobo head logo on both sides; 'M1' has the logo on the left side only and uniform numerals on the right side (as depicted below).


SAN DIEGO STATE

? - 1963 October 12, 1963 -
1973
1974 - 1977
1978 - 1979;
1981 - 1988
1980 1989 - 1995
*see note 1 below
1996 -
c.mid-season 1997
c.mid-season 1997 -
2000
2001
*see note 2 below
2002 - 2003 2004 - 2005 2006 - 2011
2012 2013 - 2014 2015 -

*1 Although the difference shows up only poorly with this image size, this helmet differs from the 1981-1988 version in that the black letters had both red and white outlines, while the letters on the earlier helmets were outlined in white only.

*2 San Diego State's new helmet design for the 2001 season featured black "airbrushing" around the "edges" of the helmet, which was, to the best of my knowledge, the first time any team had done such a thing with its helmets.


SAN JOSE STATE

c.1960s c.1967 - 1968 c.early 1970s
c.1974 - 1975 1976 - 1979 1980 - 1985
1986 1987 1988 - 1989
1990 - ? ? - 1999? 2000
2001 - 2005 2006 - 2009 2010 - 2011
'B' 'C'
2012 September 27, 2014 2014 - 2016
'A' 'D'
2013 - 2017 -

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

There are several other historical helmet designs for this team which I have not yet been able to add to the site due to insufficient information. Very few clear photographs have been received from the 1960s and early 1970s, and the dates of use for the various older helmets are highly uncertain. I also suspect that the team colors may have been substantially different during the 1960s. Additional information would be appreciated.

It seems that San Jose State used yellow helmets throughout the 1960s, at most times without any helmet logos, but occasionally with one, as may be seen in the first two photographs below. The logo (?) on the first helmet is unidentifiable, but the second one is an early "spartan helmet". The third photograph shows a design that was used during the early 1970s (at least during parts of the 1971 and 1972 seasons). I believe that this helmet was gold or silver in color rather than blue or yellow, and it featured another "spartan helmet" logo of unknown colors.

By at least 1974 the team had switched to blue helmets. These were "plain" (aside from stripes) for several years, but in 1980 the team began using a script "Spartans" logo which was used through 1985. The team made very frequent helmet design changes for several years thereafter. I have not yet been able to add the 1986 and 1987 designs to the site because I do not have the helmet logos used during these years (photos below). A "spartan head" logo was introduced in 1990 and used through 1999. It has been reported to me that a white outline was eventually added around the spartan - I would appreciate a clear photograph of the outlined version and information about when it was first used.


UNLV

1968 1969 - 1972 1973
1974 1975 1976
1977 - 1978 1979 - 1980 1981
1982 1983 - 1986 1987 - 1989?
1990 - 1992 1994 - 1995 1996 - 1998
1999 - 2004 2005 - 2007 2008 - 2009
2010 - 2011 October 13, 2012 2012 - 2014
'A' 'B' 'C'
2015 - 2015 - 2016 -
'D' 'E' (and 'E1') 'F'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
*see note 1 below

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

The first UNLV football team played in 1968, at which time the school was named Nevada Southern University. The helmet design shown in the photograph below was apparently the first one used by the team. One would naturally assume that the colors within the football-shaped helmet logo were similar to those used on the flag which is popularly referred to as the "Confederate Battle Flag" (i.e., blue "X" with white stars on a red field), but I have never received any color photographs to confirm this. The helmet shell appears to be silver. A color photograph of this design would be appreciated greatly.

The team's second helmet design (apparently used 1969-1972, though I have very few photographs from these years) featured a silver shell with a "UN" logo which was probably red in color (photo below).

*1 Design 'E' has the UNLV logo on both sides; 'E1' (worn October 7, 2017 vs San Diego State) has the UNLV logo on its left side only, with the right side having a red "ribbon" logo (as represented below). The ribbon was worn in memory of the 58 people killed during the mass shooting in Las Vegas six days earlier.


UTAH STATE

1955 - 1964;
1967 - 1969
1964 - 1967 1970 - 1972
1973 - 1975 1976 - ? ? - 1982?
1983? - 1990 1991 1992 - 1994
'A'
1995 - 2009 2010 - 2011 2012 -
'D' 'C' 'B'
2012 - 2013 - 2012 -
'E' 'F' 'G'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
'H' 'I' 'J'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'K' 'L' 'M'
2016 - 2017 - 2017 -
'N'
2017 -
*see note 1 below

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

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

*1 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side of this design only; a large "bull" logo is worn on the right side (as represented below).


WYOMING

? - 1961 1962 - 1964 1965 - 1972
1973 - 1974 1975 - 1976 1977 - 1980
1986 1981 - 1985; 1987 - 1988 1990
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1989; 1991 - 1996;
October 15, 2005;
October 14, 2006
1997 - 1999? 2000 - 2006
'B' 'C' 'D'
2010 - 2012 October 8, 2011 September 10, 2011
*see note 3 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2011 - 2012 December 3, 2011 2011 - 2012
'H' 'I' 'J'
2012 2012 2012
'K' 'L' 'M'
2012 2013 2013
'N' 'O' 'P'
2013 2013 2013
'A' 'Q'
2007 - 2013 2014 -

From 2014 through 2017 Wyoming used helmet design 'Q' above for all games; 'Q' is basically identical to the design used by Wyoming in 1989 and from 1991 through 1996.

During the period 2011 through 2013 Wyoming used the following sequence of helmet designs:

  • 2013: A-L-B; H-B-M; N-B-O; P-P-H
  • 2012: A-A-B; E-A-H; G-A-I; J-H-K
  • 2011: A-D-A; A-C-A; B-B-A; E-A-F; G

*1 During the 1986 season the horse/cowboy decal was modified slightly; the number "100" in yellow was placed over the body of the horse, apparently to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the university.

*2 I have received only a single clear photograph of Wyoming's 1990 helmet, but it shows quite clearly the number "1890" atop the horse decal on the LEFT side of one player's helmet, and the number "1990" on the logo on the RIGHT side of a different player's helmet. These special decals were apparently used in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Wyoming's statehood, and I do not know if they were used for every game during 1990.

*3 First worn during September 18, 2010 (vs Boise State); subsequently worn November 20, 2010 (vs Colorado State), October 29, 2011 (at San Diego State), November 5, 2011 (vs TCU), and September 15, 2012 (vs Cal Poly).