Pac-12 Conference


North Division

CALIFORNIA OREGON OREGON STATE
"Golden Bears" "Ducks" "Beavers"
Berkeley, CA Eugene, OR Corvallis, OR
STANFORD WASHINGTON WASHINGTON STATE
"Cardinal" "Huskies" "Cougars"
Palo Alto, CA Seattle, WA Pullman, WA

South Division

ARIZONA ARIZONA STATE COLORADO
"Wildcats" "Sun Devils" "Buffaloes"
Tucson, AZ Tempe, AZ Boulder, CO
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UCLA UTAH
"Trojans" "Bruins" "Utes"
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA Salt Lake City, UT

Historical Helmets

ARIZONA

1960 - 1964 1965 - 1966? 1966? - 1967
*see note 1 below
1968 - 1969 1970 - 1971 1972
1973 - 1976 1977 - 1979 1980
*see note 2 below
1981 - 1982 1983 - 1989 1990 - 2003
*see note 3 below *see note 3 below
'A' 'B' 'C'
2010 - 2012 2004 - 2016 2012 - 2013
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
2012 - December 30, 2009;
2013 -
2014 -
'G' 'H' 'I'
2015 - 2016 - 2017 -

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

There are three known historical helmets for Arizona (used since 1960) which I have not yet been able to add to the web site due to insufficient information; below are photographs of these:

The first design was used in 1965 and apparently in 1966, also; the helmets appear to be plain white in all photographs that I have seen, with an unknown stripe sequence (probably blue-red-blue). The spacing of the stripes may have varied, and some photos seem to indicate a narrow gap between the colored stripes, effectively creating two additional white stripes. I would appreciate any color photographs from the 1965 and 1966 seasons that clarify the stripe sequence on this design.

The middle photograph shows the intricate, multi-colored "wildcat head" logo used during the 1967 season, and apparently during at least some games in 1966, also (a couple of people have written to dispute that this is an Arizona helmet but I can assure you that this has been verified). This is by far the best photograph, and the only color one, which I have received of this helmet. Does anyone have a larger or clearer photograph, or a copy of the helmet logo from this design?

The 1972 helmet appears in the third photograph. The helmet shells were almost certainly red, and the oval shape blue, but I have received conflicting information about the presence or absence of a red outline around the white "UA" letters inside the oval shape. There was a pair of white stripes on this design with a dark stripe (probably blue) between them. Again a color photograph would be appreciated greatly.

*1 The stripe sequence may have differed from this during the very early 1960s.

*2 Some of the photographs I have seen from these years show a "wildcat head" logo worn on or near the front of the helmet, while others do not show this. I suspect this was an award decal of some sort rather than an inherent part of the "helmet design".

*3 Each of these helmet designs included a white stripe in the middle, flanked by a blue stripe on the left side and by a red stripe on the right side.

*4 This was Arizona's usual helmet design from 2004 through 2009, and was later used October 16, 2010 (at Washington State), November 6, 2010 (at Stanford), December 29, 2010 (vs Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl game at San Antonio, TX), September 17, 2011 (vs Stanford), and September 24, 2011 (vs Oregon), plus additional games 2012 - 2016 as noted above.


ARIZONA STATE

1959 - 1960 1961 - 1968;
1970 - 1974
1969
1975 1976 - 1979 1980 - 1984
1985 - 1991 1992 - 1995 2003 (away games)
'J' 'B'
November 15, 2008 1996 - 2010 2011 -
'C' 'D' 'E'
2011 - 2011 - 2012 -
'F' 'G' 'H'
2013 - 2013 - 2013 -
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'I' 'K' 'A'
2014 - 2012 2011 -
'L' 'M' 'N'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'O' 'P' 'Q'
2015 - 2016 2016 -
*see note 6 below
'R' 'S' 'T'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -
'U'
2017 -

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

*1 Numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a large "pitchfork" logo (as depicted below).

*2 Numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a large "pitchfork" logo (as depicted below).

*3 Numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a large "pitchfork" logo (as depicted below).

*4 Numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a large "pitchfork" logo (as depicted below).

*5 Numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a large "pitchfork" logo (as depicted below).

*6 Numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has a large "pitchfork" logo (as depicted below).


CALIFORNIA

c.1960 c.1962 c.1966 - 1971
1972 - 1975 1976 - 1977;
November 10, 2007;
September 23, 2017
1978 - 1980
1981 1982 1984
*see note 1 below
1985 1983; 1986 1987 - 1989
*see note 2 below
October 6, 2011;
October 29, 2011;
September 1, 2012
2008 - 2012 1990 - 2007; 2013 -

During at least parts of the 1962 and 1963 seasons, California used blue helmets with light-colored (probably gold or yellow) numerals on the sides; color photographs of actual helmets would be appreciated. Below is a photograph from 1962:

It is possible, though I suspect unlikely, that there are other historical helmet designs for this team from the 1960s. I do not have any photographs from '61, '64, '65, or '67.

*1 The logo on this design included a small "100" presumably in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the first "football" team at the university.

*2 This design is "blank" on its left side but has the yellow script "Cal" logo on its right side.


COLORADO

1959 - 1961 1962 1963 - 1965
*see note 1 below
1966 1967 1968
1969 - 1976 1977 - 1978 1979 - 1980
1981 1982 - 1984 September 26, 1998
'B'
1985 - 2004 September 19, 2009 2011 - 2013
'C' 'D' 'E'
October 26, 2013 2014 - 2014 -
'F' 'G' 'H'
2014 - 2015 - 2015 -
'A'
2005 -

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

*1 Helmets with very oddly-shaped "horns" were used during at least the period 1959 through 1961, with there apparently being some variation in the shape of the horns during this period; the helmet image above is intended to represent an average of the different shapes. A different style of "horns" was used earlier, perhaps during only a single game, the Orange Bowl game vs Clemson in January 1957.


OREGON

c.1961 1963? - 1966? 1967 only?
1968 1969 - 1971 1972 - ?
c.mid 1970s 1978 - 1983 1984 - 1994
'J'
1995 1996 - 1998;
September 26, 2009
December 21, 2006
'B' 'H'
October 20, 2007;
additional games 2007-2010
December 1, 2007;
September 6, 2008;
September 20, 2008
November 15, 2008;
2009-2011; 2016 -
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
December 4, 2009 2010 - 2011 December 4, 2010
'C' 'G' 'I'
January 10, 2011 2011 - November 5, 2011
*see note 2 below
'K' 'L' 'M'
November 12, 2011 January 2, 2012 2012 - 2014
*see note 3 below
'N' 'O' 'A'
2012 2012 - 2014 1999 - 2011
'P' 'Q' 'R'
2012 - 2014 2013 - 2014 2013 - 2014
'S' 'T' 'U'
2013 2014 2014 -
'V' 'W' 'X'
2015 2015 2015
*see note 4 below
'Y' 'Z' 'AA'
2015 2015 2015
'AB' 'AC' 'AD'
2015 2015 2015
'AE' 'AF' 'AG'
2015 2015 2015
'AH' 'AI' 'AJ'
2016 2016 2016
*see note 5 below
'AK' 'AL' 'AM'
2016 2016 2016
'AN' 'AO' 'AP'
2016 2017 - 2017 -
'AQ'
2017 -

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

In 1968 Oregon used green helmets with a logo consisting of the letters "UO" in green, inside a white oval shape. The letters either had yellow outlines or yellow "shadows" around them; I would appreciate a photograph large and clear enough to show the detail within the helmet logo. Other than this one design, the helmets represented above may be a complete set for Oregon for the period 1960 to present.

*1 When first used in 2007, this design featured a subtle "flame" pattern which was even less prominent than the faint pattern appearing on the greenish-yellow helmets used occasionally by Oregon from 2006 to 2008, and I have not attempted to represent the "flames" in this depiction (indeed they may not have even been present after the first or second use of the white helmets). First used at Washington on October 20, 2007; subsequently used November 24, 2007 (at UCLA), September 13, 2008 (at Purdue), October 25, 2008 (at Arizona State), November 1, 2008 (at California), September 3, 2009 (at Boise State), September 19, 2009 (vs Utah), January 1, 2010 (Vs Ohio State in the Rose Bowl game), October 30, 2010 (at Southern California), and November 13, 2010 (at California). A couple of people have reported detecting no trace of the "flames" during the 2008 Purdue game, while another reported that they may have been very faintly visible.

*2 Worn during the 2011 BCS championship game vs Auburn at Glendale, AZ. The color of the "O" decal worn during this game was slightly different from that of the one worn vs Portland State earlier during the 2010 season - specifically, it was a greenish-yellow "neon" color, as opposed to the pure yellow of the Portland State game.

*3 Worn vs Wisconsin during the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, CA. The helmet shell was of a "color" which had never been used before on a football helmet, to the best of my knowledge. It was referred to as "black chrome" by the university, but the finish was essentially mirror-like, causing the shell to reflect nearly all of the light striking it. There was also a pattern of even more-reflective "feathers" on the design, and an "O" worn high up on the back of the helmet (not visible from the vantage point used here). I could think of no better way to represent the appearance of the helmet than to manipulate an actual photograph, which I have done in the helmet image above. The bluish colors on the upper half of the helmet are reflections of the sky, the bright white spot is a reflection of the setting sun, and the lower half of the helmet reflects the stadium, the grass, etc. I have employed this same technique for nearly all of the other "chrome" helmets represented at this site for other teams.

*4 This design has two slightly different helmet logos - a "happy duck" on the left side, and an "angry duck" on the right side (as represented below).

*5 This design has two slightly different helmet logos - a "happy duck" on the left side, and an "angry duck" on the right side (as represented below).


OREGON STATE

c.early 1960s 1965 - 1972 1969
1973 1974 1975
1976 - 1978 1978 1979
1980 - 1982 1983 - 1984 1985
1986 - 1990 1991 - 1994 1994 - 1996
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
December 4, 2010 1997 - 1998 1999 - 2012
*see note 2 below
'A' 'B' 'C'
2013 - 2015 2013 - 2014 2013 - 2014
'D' 'E' 'F'
2015 2015 - 2016 -
'G' 'H' 'I'
2016 - 2016 2016
'J' 'K' 'L'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -

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

In 1969 Oregon State used a "100" decal on helmets that were otherwise identical to the "1965-1972" design shown above; I have found no color photographs of this design. Below is a photo of the 1969 OSU helmet.

Otherwise all of the "known" helmet design variations for OSU (since 1960) are depicted above.

*1 A switch from the decal with orange letters to the one with black letters was apparently made at some point during the 1993 season, though I do not know precisely when. The black version was is use by at least the Oregon game.

*2 In 1997 and 1998, the same beaver logo that has been worn on the right sides of OSU's helmets since 1999 was worn on the right side of the helmets, with the left sides "blank".


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

1969 1964 - 1968;
1970 - 1971
1992
*see note 1 below
1988 - 1991;
1993 - 2000
1972 - 1987;
2001 -

The only photographs I have found from the years prior to 1964 are not in color, but they all appear to show USC using dark-colored helmets, which are presumably similar in color to the ones used later by the team. Numerals of some light color (probably white or gold) were worn on these helmets during at least one year during the early 1960s.

*1 USC apparently used this decal on only the left sides of the helmets, with the right sides left "blank".


STANFORD

? - 1964 1965 - ? ? - 1976
*see note 1 below
1977 - 1978 1979 1980 - 1991
2002 - 2007 November 26, 2011 1992 - 2001; 2008 - 2014
December 31, 2014 - December 5, 2015;
October 8, 2016;
October 14, 2017
December 1, 2017
December 28, 2017

*1 The "S" logo was apparently first used in either 1967 or 1968.


UCLA

1969 1960 - 1968; 1970 - 1972;
November 7, 2009
1973 - 1995
*see note 1 below
2000 - 2003 November 26, 2011 November 3, 2012;
November 24, 2012
November 15, 2013;
December 31, 2013
November 1, 2014 1996 - 1999; 2004 - 2016
October 22, 2015 November 7, 2015 November 14, 2015
November 12, 2016 September 30, 2017 2017 -

UTAH

1959 - 1965 1966 - 1967 1969
1968 - 1973 1974 1975 - 1976
1977? - 1985 1986 - 1987 1988 - 1989
*see note 1 below
1990 - 2000 2001 - 2003 2004 - 2008?
*see note 2 below
'B' 'C'
November 6, 2010 September 22, 2012 2012 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2013 - 2013 2014 -
'G' 'H' 'I'
2014 - 2014 - 2014 -
'J' 'K' 'L'
2014 - 2015 - 2015 -
'M' 'N' 'O'
2015 - 2015 - 2016 -
'A' 'P' 'Q'
2009 - 2015 2015 - 2016 -
'R' 'S' 'T'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -
'U' 'V'
2017 - 2017 -

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

During at least one game in 1969 (vs Brigham Young), Utah used a version of the "100" college football centennial logo, as may be seen in the photograph below. The color of the football-shape is unknown, as is whether or not the logo was worn on both sides of the helmet, and whether it was used during any other games (it was reportedly NOT used against Arizona State, Utah State, and Wyoming).

*1 Stripes were added to the helmet by 1977, but I do not know in which year the facemask color was changed from gray to white. It was gray in 1976 but had been switched to white by 1978.

*2 A helmet shell color change was announced by Utah in 2004; the new color was to be "crimson" - a darker color than the red color previously used by the team. Photographs that I have seen of the 2009 helmet appear to show that the color has been changed back to "red" (a lighter color), though I am not aware of any announcement regarding such a change. Was this (apparent) change back to "red" made prior to 2009, or did the team continue to use "crimson" helmets through 2008?


WASHINGTON

1960 - 1971 (regular design);
September 29, 2007
1972 - 1974 (regular)
c.1962 - 1971 (award)
1969
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
1975 - 1989 1995 1996 - 1998
'B' 'C' 'D'
2011; 2013 2011 - 2013 2012
w
'E' 'F' 'G'
2013 - 2015 2013 2014 - 2015
'H' 'I' 'J'
2014 - 2015 2014 - 2015 2016 -
'K' 'A'
2017 - 1990 - 1994; 1999 -

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

During the 1969 season, Washington used a version of the "100" decal that many teams used that year; Washington's version appears to have included a yellow football-shape with a white outline, and with numerals of some dark color outlined in white. Based on color photographs that I have seen of other teams' versions of these decals, I think it is not necessarily safe to assume that Washington's version featured purple numerals, and that blue or black were perhaps just as likely.

*1 According to information I have received from visitors to this web site, Washington's usual helmet shell color was gold from at least 1960 through 1971, and purple from 1972 through 1974. However, during both of these periods, certain players were "awarded" with alternate helmet designs for good performances. At least as early as 1962 and up through 1971, some players were awarded with plain purple helmets. Site visitor Rick O. reports that, in 1970 and 1971, the purple helmets were awarded only to "defensive players that gave 110% effort at all times", and that the number of players awarded with such helmets was twelve in 1970 and eleven in 1971. The criteria by which these helmets were awarded prior to 1970 is unknown to me at present.

With the change from gold helmets to purple ones at some point in 1972 (whether at the beginning of the season or some time later remains unknown), a change in the "award helmet" scheme was also made. Players were now awarded with a gold "W", similar in shape to that which appeared regularly on Washington's helmets beginning in 1975. Fifteen players were given the gold "W" in 1972 (four on the offensive team, eleven on defense). In 1973, only three players (all defensive) were awarded with the gold "W"; these players were also allowed to wear two gold stripes on their helmets. The "award helmet" program may have been discontinued in 1974.


WASHINGTON STATE

? - 1963 1964 - 1967 1968 - 1969
1969 1970 - 1975 1976 - 1977?
1978? - 1987? 1995 (game #5) 1995 (last six games)
*see note 1 below
January 1, 1998 January 1, 2003 November 22, 2008
*see note 2 below *see note 4 below
'E' 'B'
1988 - 1994; 1995 (games 1-4);
1996 - 1999;
Games vs. Washington 2004-2010
(except 2008); 2008 (home games)
1999 - 2007;
2009 - 2010 (home games)
2000 - 2010 (away games);
2011 -
*see notes 3 & 5 below *see note 5 below *see note 5 below
'A' 'C' 'D'
2011 - 2015 2014 - 2016 2015
'F' 'G' 'H'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'I' 'J' 'K'
2016 2017 - 2017 -
'L'
2017 -

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

During at least the 1962 and 1963 seasons WSU used white helmets (or perhaps gray or silver helmets) with uniform numerals on the sides; the color of the numerals is unknown presently. A color photograph from these years would be appreciated. Below is a photograph from this period.

*1 This helmet design was used only during the game against Oregon State in 1995, in observance of the team's 100th anniversary. Two white stripes were added to the helmet for its remaining games in 1995.

*2 A rose was incorporated into the "Cougars" decal for WSU's appearance in the Jan. 1, 1998 Rose Bowl game against Michigan.

*3 This design was used continuously from 1988 through 1999 with the exception of the last seven games in 1995 and an unknown number of games in 1999; it was also used during each game against Washington during the years 2004 through 2010, except for 2008.

*4 Washington State used a special decal for its January 1, 2003 appearance in the Rose Bowl game against Oklahoma.

*5 Beginning with the 2000 season, WSU introduced a two-helmet scheme; the crimson helmet with white "WSC"/cougar head logo was used during road games, and the gray helmet with the same logo in crimson was used for home games. The design for the gray helmet had also been used for some games during the 1999 season (specific dates would be appreciated). This scheme was in place through the 2007 season with occasional exceptions, particularly for the annual games against Washington (see other notes in this section).

During the 2008 season, the same scheme was retained, with the exception that a different logo - the team name "Cougars" in crimson - was used on the gray home helmets. In 2009 and 2010 the team switched back to the "WSC"/cougar head logo for use on the gray home helmets.