With a month to go before football fall camp finally begins, the summer months are often used to discuss what uniform changes could be on the forefront for teams across the country this fall.
That’s no surprise when you see how many teams have put together an alternate uniform or two or five in recent years.
However, all SEC teams still have their bread and butter go-to uniforms that signify their respective brands. Let’s take closer look at the helmets that highlight those uniforms and rank the SEC’s best helmet designs in the conference.
14. Vanderbilt Commodores
There’s by no means anything wrong with Vanderbilt’s gold helmet with the black star logo, but it’s not very exciting either. The Commodores also have a black and white alternate helmet that gives them an added flavor, but overall, Vanderbilt find itself last in the SEC in helmet design.
13. Missouri Tigers
The Tigers have switched things up a in the last few years. The look of the helmet has gone downhill since getting rid of the block “M” logo. The most-used helmet with the Tiger logo leaves a lot to be desired, but it’s better than the huge Tiger alternate helmet.
12. South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina definitely possesses a unique helmet with the Gamecock logo inside the big “C.” However, white helmets typically have a tough time standing out, and that’s what puts the South Carolina helmet down the list. The Gamecocks also occasionally rock a garnet helmet with the same logo.
11. Mississippi State Bulldogs
As with the designs listed above, there’s not a lot to love or hate when it comes to Mississippi State’s normal helmet. The Bulldogs have a few options from which to pick on any given week, but the classic maroon helmet with “M State” logo is solid.
10. Auburn Tigers
Auburn is among a few SEC teams to stay true to tradition when it comes to helmets, and you can’t fault the Tigers for that. The only knock on Auburn’s helmet is that the white can look fairly dull at times, but overall, the Tigers helmet is good.
9. UGA Bulldogs
Like Auburn, there’s not a lot to hate about UGA’s traditional red helmet with the big “G.” The Bulldogs haven’t had the urge to switch things up outside of the occasional “blackout” game, so UGA’s design is among the most recognizable in the SEC.
8. Florida Gators
Florida’s helmet is a staple when it comes to SEC traditional looks, but what makes the Gators’ design stand out is the script “Gators” logo across the helmet that you typically don’t see on other Florida logos. It puts it right in the middle of the pack of SEC helmets.
7. LSU Tigers
Speaking of tradition, it doesn’t get much more traditional than LSU’s classic gold helmet. The Tigers have gone with an occasional white helmet over the years, but if you’re flipping across an LSU game on TV one Saturday, the odds are you’ll see the “LSU” block letters with the old-school Tiger logo underneath.
6. Tennessee Volunteers
As previously stated, white helmets usually are hard to see that pop in order to stick out among other helmet designs, but the bright orange “T” makes Tennessee’s design easy to see and gives it a unique look at the same time.
5. Texas A&M Aggies
Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? That’s certainly the case of Texas A&M’s maroon helmet with the huge block “ATM” logo. The Aggies do mix things up with their helmet designs from time to time, but when Texas A&M puts on its normal look, it looks really good.
4. Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas has one of the most underrated logos in the SEC with the classic running Razorbacks logo, and highlighting that logo on the matted crimson helmet puts the Razorbacks among the best helmet designs in the SEC. Arkansas does have a white alternate helmet as well.
3. Kentucky Wildcats
While Kentucky does like to change things up when it comes to uniforms and helmets, the Wildcats classic blue helmet with the big “UK” logo is among the SEC’s best. The Kentucky blue and white go so well together, so it’s no surprise that the Wildcats’ helmet really pops when they keep things simple.
2. Ole Miss Rebels
Another classic SEC helmet can be found at any Ole Miss football game. The Rebels traditional navy helmet with the script “Ole Miss” logo is very recognizable and easily puts it among the best in the conference. The Rebels’ new powder blue helmets they’ve rocked recently are also a really nice look.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
As you could probably predict with the rest of the list, tradition is the best way to go, and no one has a more traditional helmet in the SEC than Alabama. The classic Crimson helmets with the number on the side of the helmet can be found way back in Crimson Tide history, and they haven’t lost their luster over the course of history.