Mid-American Conference


Eastern Division

AKRON BOWLING GREEN BUFFALO
"Zips" "Falcons" "Bulls"
Akron, OH Bowling Green, OH Buffalo, NY
KENT STATE MASSACHUSETTS MIAMI
"Golden Flashes" "Minutemen" "RedHawks"
Kent, OH Amherst, MA Oxford, OH
OHIO
"Bobcats"
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 - 1980 1981 - 1982 1983 - 1985
1986 - 1987 1988 - ? ?
? - Sep. 8, 2001 Sep. 22, 2001 -
end of 2001
2002
*see note 1 below
'A' 'B'
November 24, 2005 2003 - 2013 -
*see note 2 below
'C' 'D'
2013 - 2013 -

Akron used four different helmet design in 2013 in the following sequence: A-B-C; C-D-D; D-D-D; D-D-D.

*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 This special helmet design was worn during a home game against Kent State during the 2005 season.


BALL STATE

1957 - 1960 1961 - 1967 1968
1969 1970 1971 - 1984
1985 - 1989 1990 -

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 for the period covered by this site (1960 to present).


BOWLING GREEN

1960 1963 1961; 1964 - 1967
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
1968 1969 1970
1962; 1971 - 1975 1977 1978
1976; 1979 1980 1981 - 2003
'B'
2004 - 2006 2007 - 2010 2012 -
*see note 2 below
'A'
2011 -

Bowling Green has used two different helmet designs in the following sequence during 2013 (through twelve games): A-B-B; A-B-B; B-A-A; A-B-B.

In 2012 Bowling Green used the following sequence: B-A-B; A-B-A; A-B-B; B-B-A; B (the last game being vs San Jose State in the Military Bowl at Washington, DC).

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

*1 These two 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.

*2 First worn at Florida on September 1, 2012.


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
2000 2001 - 2005 2006 -

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 a color photograph in order to add the 1969-1970 and 1977 helmets to the site.


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 -
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below

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 believed to be the complete set of historical helmet designs for CMU for the period covered by this web site (1960 to present).

*1 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Michigan State.

*2 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Toledo.


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 -
*see note 2 below
'C' 'F' 'D'
2012 - 2012 - 2013 -
'E' 'A'
2013 - 2010 -
*see note 3 below

During the 2013 season EMU used the following sequence of helmet designs: A-D-A; C-C-E; E-A-E; E-E-E.

In 2012 EMU used the following sequence: B-B-A; C-C-C; A-A-F; F-F-F.

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 First worn September 1, 2012 (at Ball State).

*3 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).


KENT STATE

1960 - 1963 1964 - 1965 1966
1967 - 1968 1969 - 1970 1973
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1971 - 1972; 1974 - 1975 1976 - 1978 1980 - 1986
1987 - 1988 1990 1990
*see note 3 below *see note 3 below
1989 - 1992 1993 1994 - 1997
1998 - 1999 September 4, 2004 January 6, 2013
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below
2000 -

In 1979, Kent State used helmets that I think were probably yellow rather than gold, though I am not sure about this. A blue football-shaped decal containing the word "Kent" in a script font was worn apparently on only the right sides of these helmets, which also featured a blue-white-blue sequence of stripes and facemasks of an unknown color (I think probably blue rather than gray).

*1 Kent State used a version of the "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 All photographs I have seen of the 1973 helmets appear to show the "KSU" logo as having an elliptical shape, as opposed to the football-shape of the logo used during the rest of the 1971-1975 period.

*3 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.

*4 Plain blue helmets were used during the September 4, 2004 game at Iowa.

*5 Worn vs Arkansas State during the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, AL.


MASSACHUSETTS

1963 - 1968 1970 - 1972 1973
1974 - 1984 1985 ? - 1962; 1986
1987 1988 1989 - 1992
*see note 1 below
1993 - 2002 2003 - 2004 2005 -
September 1, 2011
'B'
2011 October 20, 2012 2013 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'C' 'D' 'A'
2013 - 2013 - 2012 -

Massachusetts used four of the above helmet designs during the 2013 season in the following sequence: A-B-A; A-A-C; C-B-D; B-A-B.

The helmets shown above apparently represent a complete set for Massachusetts for the period covered by this web site (1960 to present), with the exception of the design used in 1973, which is visible in the photograph below. The 1973 helmet featured the word "UMass" within an outline of the state of Massachusetts; I need a copy of the helmet decal, or else the artwork printed on it from some other source, in order to add this one to the web site.

*1 This design is identical to the one used in 1988 but for the addition of the word "AMHERST" in small letters below the "UM" logo (the letters are obviously not legible in the image size used here).

*2 First worn during the second game of the 2011 season (September 17 vs Rhode Island). This design featured an asymmetrical stripe sequence - the white middle stripe was bordered by a blue stripe on the left, and by a red stripe on the right.

*3 Worn during the 2012 home game vs Bowling Green.


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
2011 - 2012 September 21, 2013 2013 -
*see note 2 below

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

*1 Worn vs Middle Tennessee State during the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl game in Mobile, AL. The helmet design featured a red "M" on the left side and red uniform numerals on the right side. These two features, plus the red/white/red stripe sequence, were reportedly worn during this game to commemorate three different successful periods of the team's history.

*2 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Cincinnati.


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 2002 -

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

*1 NIU was using 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 1964 - 1965 1966
*see note 1 below
1967 - 1972 1973 - 1976 1977
*see note 2 below
1978 1979 - 1990 1991 - 1994
1995 2003 November 8, 2008
*see note 3 below
November 3, 2011 September 1, 2012 1996 - 2002; 2004 -
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below

I do not have information yet for the years 1962 and 1963, but I believe the helmets shown above form a complete set for the period 1964 to present.

*1 I believe that the wide "stripe" on this helmet actually consisted of some extra padding on the outside of the helmet; and so, to be precise, the green area on this helmet should be illustrated as being slightly raised above the rest of the helmet shell. Depicting such a physical difference is beyond both my present artistic abilities and the current scope of this web site, but I may revisit this matter at some point in the future. I am presently aware of only four other colleges (Ohio State, Harvard, Fresno State, and Duke) that used this helmet style briefly during the 1960s.

*2 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.

*3 This design was used during the 2008 home game against Bowling Green, apparently as a tribute to the 1968 Mid-American Conference champion Ohio team, who were recognized at halftime of the game.

*4 Worn during the 2011 home game against Temple.

*5 Worn during the 2012 game at Penn State.


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 -
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'B' 'A' 'D'
October 6, 2012 2012 2012 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2013 - 2013 - 2013 -
*see note 6 below *see note 7 below *see note 8 below
'H'
2013 -
*see note 9 below

During the 2013 football season Toledo used six of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: E-E-C; C-C-F; F-F-G; G-H-D.

In 2012 four designs were used in the following sequence: A-A-A; A-C-B; C-D-D; D-C-A; A (the last game being vs Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise, ID).

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 numerals on the sides of the helmet (otherwise like 1961); and in 1963 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 helmets were similar to the 1967 - 1972 version shown above, but for a different decal being used; the logo was a small, light-colored football shape that probably contained a picture or letters or something - the photographs that I have are not nearly clear enough to show what's inside (below is the clearest photo I have received). The 1974 helmets were apparently dark blue with a single light-colored stripe and with no decals on the sides. The stripe was probably either white or yellow, but a color photograph would be necessary to clarify.

*1 Worn vs Air Force during the 2011 Military Bowl at Washington, DC.

*2 First worn September 29, 2012 (at Western Michigan).

*3 Worn during the 2012 home game vs Central Michigan.

*4 First worn September 1, 2012 (at Arizona).

*5 First worn October 20, 2012 (vs Cincinnati).

*6 First worn August 31, 2013 (at Florida).

*7 First worn October 5, 2013 (vs Western Michigan).

*8 First worn November 2, 2013 (vs Eastern Michigan).

*9 Worn November 20, 2013 (vs Northern Illinois).


WESTERN MICHIGAN

1964 - 1968 c.early 1960s; 1969 - 1973 1974
1975 1976 - 1977 1978 - 1983
1984 1985 - 1992 1993 - ?
? - 1997 1998 - 2004 2005 - 2010
'A' 'B' 'C'
2011 - 2012 2012 2013 -
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E' 'G'
2013 - 2013 - 2013 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below *see note 4 below
'I'
2013 -

During the 2013 season WMU used seven different helmet designs in the following sequence: C-D-D; C-E-C; F*-G-C; D-H*-I. 'F' is identical to 'C' above, but has a logo on its right side, instead of the numerals used on 'C'. The logo is a brown bucking bronco (photograph below) - I would appreciate a copy of this logo.

'H' is identical to 'E' above except that the bronco logo is used on both sides of the helmet ('E' has numerals on the right side).

During the 2012 season WMU used the following sequence: A-A-A; A-B-A; A-A-B; A-A-B.

In 1974, Western Michigan'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.

*2 The bronco logo was worn only on the left side of this design; on the right side brown uniform numerals were worn (as depicted below).

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

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