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Is South Florida going with a new chrome dome look in 2014?

The college football offseason is a great time to get a glimpse of new uniforms and helmets for the next season, and with National Signing Day coming up it is not a surprise to see images of new uniforms making the rounds. Afterall, recruits love this stuff and are easily amused, because kids toady have short attention spans.

South Florida may have given us a preview of a couple fo new helmets to be worn in 2014, making use of the chrome fad as well as the matte finish look.

I have long been a fan of the matte and chrome trends, so naturally I like the concept being used here by South Florida. There are few matte helmets I have seen that I do not like, and the same can be said for most of the chrome helmets out there. If the above helmets are going to be used in 2014, I have to say the chrome helmet looks pretty sharp, and it gets my vote of approval, as if that matters. The gold chrome finish with the green USF logo and green face mask just work for me, and I hope to see USF use that lok often. The one thing I would say though is it draws some similarities to rival UCF, a school that makes perfect sense to use a gold chrome helmet. the good news is UCF has gone more with the white helmet look lately, which I also applaud.

So, what about that matte green helmet?

At first glance it looks similar in approach to Ohio’s awesome matte finish helmet that debuted in 2012. It is still one of my favorites. South Florida started off well by going with a matte green helmet, but went overboard with the enlarged USF logo and giving it a chrome finish. I would have preferred if USF stuck with a  smaller logo. The helmet-sized logo trend has burst on the scene in recent years, with Boise State, Mississippi State and Missouri among the schools working in a huge logo on the helmet. For Boise State, it works. Same with Missouri, which has grown on me. I’m still not a fan of the Mississippi State bulldog helmet, nor am I much of a fan of the enlarged USF logo. The USF logo just doesn’t work well for this idea, but it is not the worst looking helmet. I would have been curious to see what the reverse of the chrome helmet would look like with a green matte finish and a smaller, chrome USF logo with a white trim.

Generally speaking, the combination of matte finish and chrome logo may clash a little too much. It’s a neat idea, but I have yet to lay my eyes on one that has worked well from a design standpoint.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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