Big Sky Conference


CAL POLY EASTERN WASHINGTON IDAHO STATE
"Mustangs" "Eagles" "Bengals"
San Luis Obispo, CA Cheney, WA Pocatello, ID
MONTANA MONTANA STATE NORTH DAKOTA
"Grizzlies" "Bobcats" "Fighting Sioux"
Missoula, MT Bozeman, MT Grand Forks, ND
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

Montana State has a new helmet design in 2013 (shown above).


Historical Helmets

CAL POLY

? - 1998? 1999? -

I have not received any information about earlier helmet designs used by Cal Poly.


EASTERN WASHINGTON

c.early 1980s c.mid 1980s c.early 1990s
? - 1999 September 29, 2012 2000 -
*see note 1 below

*1 Worn during the 2012 home game vs Montana.


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
2009 2010 2001 - 2006; 2011 -

This is believed to be a complete set of historical helmets 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
November 20, 2010 November 19, 2011 December 9, 2011;
December 16, 2011
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below *see note 5 below
2010 -

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 web site.

*4 Worn during the 2011 game at Montana State.

*5 Worn during two playoff games at the end of the 2011 season (home vs Northern Iowa and at Sam Houston State).


MONTANA STATE

? - 1961 1962 - 1968; 1970;
1976 - 1981?
1982 - 1983
1984 - 1990 1991 - 1996;
September 23, 2006
1997 - 1999
November 19, 2011 2000 - 2012 2013 -
*see note 1 below

From 1971 through 1975, the design shown in the photograph below was used. The helmet shells were gold, and the demonic-looking "bobcat head" decal worn on the sides of the helmets was 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.


NORTH DAKOTA

? - 1968 1969 - 1970 1971 - 1985
1986 - 1989 1993 - 2008 2009 -

NORTHERN ARIZONA

? - 1998 1999 - 2004 2005 - 2009
2010 -

As with most of the Big Sky Conference schools, NAU has had a football team for many decades, but I have received no information whatsoever for this team from the 1960s or 1970s. Additional information would be greatly appreciated.


NORTHERN COLORADO

? - 2001 2002 - 2005 2006 - 2007
2008 - 2009 2010 -

This is another decades-old team for which I have received very little historical helmet information. UNC moved from Division II to Division I-AA in 2003, and joined the Big Sky Conference in 2006.


PORTLAND STATE

c.1970 ? - c.1998 c.1999 - 2001;
October 8, 2011
*see note 1 below
2002 - 2006 2007 - 2009 2010 (last four games);
2011 (first game)
*see note 2 below
November 19, 2011 2010 (first seven games);
2011 -

During Portland State's 2011 home game against Weber State the team used white helmets with a "viking head" logo (see photo below). This logo is very similar to, but definetly not identical to, the one used for many years by the Minnesota Vikings (though never worn on the NFL team's helmets). The photo below is probably the clearest one I have received of this design but it is not adequate to reveal what colors are present within the logo. Obviously there are some light blue sections but I cannot tell if dark green is also present, or if the main outlines are in black or green. A clearer photograph would be appreciated and I will also need a copy of this logo (not the Minnesota Vikings logo) in order to add this helmet to the web site.

A similar logo was also used during earlier years (perhaps late 1980s or early 1990s), again on white helmet shells, though the colors as used within the logo remain unknown. Clear photographs of this or any other historical design would be appreciated.

In 1980 the team was using white helmets with (presumably) green uniform numerals on the sides.

*1 The c.1999-2001 helmet design was brought back for use during the 2011 home game against Montana State.

*2 Plain black helmets were worn by PSU for the team's last four games of the 2010 season - October 30 vs Eastern Washington, November 6 at Sacramento State, November 13 vs Northern Colorado, and November 20 at Northern Arizona - and during the team's first game of the 2011 season, September 3 vs Southern Oregon.


SACRAMENTO STATE

? - 2001 2002 2003
2004 2005 - 2006 2007 -

I have not received much information about helmet designs used by Sacramento State before the 1990s, but I have been told 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.


SOUTHERN UTAH

c.mid 1990s c.late 1990s ? - 2000
2002 2003 - 2010 2011 -
*see note 1 below

*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

? - 1998? 1999? -

I have not received any information about old helmet designs for UC Davis; the two shown above have both been in use since I started this web site. I believe that the first helmet shown above had been in use for a long time, perhaps twenty years or more, before it was replaced in the late 1990s.


WEBER STATE

c.1980s - 1996? 1997 1998 - 2000
2001 - 2005 2006 - 2011 2012 -

I have received almost no information about historical helmets for this team. It has been reported to me that the team used silver helmets for at least one season during the early 1970s, and the photograph below shows a design used in 1970 - probably a purple "W" on a white helmet shell.