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Iowa State’s new alternate white helmet is beautiful

Matt Campbell is taking over a program in need of new energy at Iowa State. What better way to inject some juice in the program than by introducing a new alternate uniform for the upcoming college football season?

Iowa State has always had one of the more underrated uniforms in college football, if not just the Big 12. The Cyclones may not have much of a story-rich football history as a program, but they have certainly looked good on the football field. The uniform may look bland, but there is a certain charm to the midwest traditionalism Iowa State has utilized over the years. While I cannot jump on board with their attempts to make an alternate yellow uniform look appealing, I do applaud Iowa State for various uniform attempts, including their 2013 throwback uniform (a nod to the era that saw Iowa State’s Jack Trice become the first African-American to play for the program). Iowa State has also managed to pull off one of the top matte-finish football helmets to make its way to the football field.

Now, with a new head coach in place and in an attempt to continue excelling in the uniform game, Iowa State is adding a white helmet to the collection. It looks fantastic.

The uniform is the latest to be seen in the Storm Trooper trend in college football uniforms, where a program suits up in white pants, a white jersey and a white helmet. Fortunately, Iowa State refrained from going the ice-route and kept the school colors in the design as well, and it works pretty well from top to bottom. According to the official release from Iowa State on Monday, the Cyclones will wear the white helmet multiple times during the 2016 season, although the exact dates have not been determined.

“As we start to build the culture inside our football program, we also want to be creative and add excitement outside our football program” Matt Campbell said in a released statement. “The opportunity to have multiple options for gameday attire is great and our kids get excited about new and fresh concepts.”

Photo credit: Iowa State Athletics

Photo credit: Iowa State Athletics

Iowa State did confirm the white helmet will make its debut with the all-white uniform, which would suggest the new dome will first be seen on the road. The Cyclones head to in-state and Big Ten rival Iowa in Week 2, which seems like a perfect date to unveil the new look. With Iowa coming off an undefeated regular season, Iowa State would be wise to show off a flashy new look to turn some heads against the in-state rival on the road. It also makes for a terrific contrast with Iowa’s black jerseys and helmet. I would be surprised if Iowa State does not unveil the white helmet for this game against the Hawkeyes. Of course, we should also expect Iowa State to wear their new white helmet at home at some point as well. I am interested to see how it looks with the standard home uniform.

Ordinarily I tend to be opposed to a program adopting an alternate white uniform for the sake of having an alternate white uniform, and I do throw that against Iowa State here at first. However, it is really hard to be mad at a program like the Cyclones given the managed to nail this look with extreme authority. This is a fantastic uniform, and may be the best white alternate uniform we see in the Big 12 this season.

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Kevin McGuire
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