Last week, we showed you the negatives of all 32 NFL team helmets. Many of you loved it. Many of you pointed out that clearly we have some time to kill before football season starts. Either way, it was good, clean fun, so we decided to give you the college edition. Here are the helmets of the 64 teams in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC, plus Notre Dame, with the colors reversed in the negative image. As with the NFL, some are beautiful, some are not so much. (Note: Dark spots on the helmets constitute the glare from lights on the original photos.) Enjoy.
As we learned with the NFL edition, reds turn teal in the negative look, giving the Tide a ghostly alternate option.
Here, the red, white and blue scheme of the "A" logo turns teal, black and cream around the similarly light helmet.
The black of the helmet turns a sharp white, and the maroon and yellow take on varying shades of blue. Sharp, aside from it being a very icy look for a team called the Sun Devils.
Similar to Alabama, the Razorbacks' maroon red goes ghostly teal and the white pig turns black.
The white helmet goes black while the navy blue and orange of the "AU" logo go white and teal. Not a bad look at all.
The deep green turns pink while the yellow letters go blue for Baylor.
The single-color helmets can end up the most boring or the most interesting. Here, BC's golden dome takes on a navy blue tinge. Bonus points for the maroon facemask turning teal.
The blue helmet and yellow script pretty much invert here, with bright blue lettering contrasted against a pale whitish tan backdrop.
A truly electric teal is the inverse of orange for the Tigers. The white paw goes black. A good helmet if they ever relocate to Miami.
When black and gold isn't getting you anywhere on the field, why not try some purple and white?
Now we're talking. Duke's brand of blue goes a sharp gold to contrast with a black backdrop. Give these a run, Blue Devils.
This is very Florida. Orange turns teal, and the blue script gets a yellowish hue.
There's a lot going on in the Seminoles' helmets, so there is also a lot going on with the negative. The gold helmet takes on a purplish navy color. The reds and whites of the spear turn to teal and black. The facemask — maroon in the original — also gets a teal touch.
This exercise has made us realize how similar the Green Bay Packers' helmet is to Georgia's. The red helmet goes teal here, but if you made it green, you'd have the NFL team's caps.
Another golden helmet goes purple.
The orange of the helmet goes teal and the white "I" with dark blue trim essentially inverts.
The dark red converts to a tamer shade of pale while the all-white "IU" logo turns black.
Similar to Arizona State's, the dark helmet takes on a pleasing silvery white while the yellow of the bird turns a rich royal blue. Nice look.
The Cyclones lose all sense of variety and are reduced to competing shades of blue as their maroon flips to teal and yellow to blue.
Hoo boy. Kansas has three sharp, basic colors in its helmet — red, yellow, and blue — along with some white, and the inverse is a menagerie of teal, blue, a golden yellow, and black.
This. This is sweet. The silver/gray helmet goes a darker charcoal and the purple logo takes on lighter silver in this sharp and intimidating new look.
Blue and white becomes gold and black. Simple and sharp.
A yellow-dominant helmet becomes mostly blue while the purple lettering turns a silvery color for the Tigers.
Just like with the Arizona Cardinals' helmets, Louisville's look sharp with the red bird and facemask going teal, the yellow beak going blue, and the white background turning black — but you have to get over the loss of the namesake color.
We chose Maryland's newer all-state-flag style helmet for this exercise because we figured it'd be fun, and it didn't disappoint.
Much like with Miami's pro team, the Hurricanes' inverted look would work just fine for the city of bright colors.
Somehow, it feels almost unrecognizable, but that is indeed the Wolverines' inverted helmet. The yellow striping goes blue over a silvery background.
The dark green base gets a very pale pink makeover while the white Spartan logo turns black.
As we've seen with maroon and gold, both colors take on shades of blue in their opposite forms, making the Gophers' inverted helmets a bit plain.
The dark blue helmet turns something like tan while the red lettering goes teal for the Rebels.
Almost a direct flip-flop of its two base colors, the deep maroon of the helmet goes a pale blueish white while the white of the "M-STATE" logo becomes black.
All the blacks and whites flip around while the yellow circle and tiger streaks become royal blue.
It would be blasphemy to change the classic red-and-white Cornhuskers cap, but the teal and black isn't too shabby.
That iconic Tar Heels blue has a golden hue on the other side of the color wheel. The black and white of the logo flip. Solid look.
North Carolina State
Very much like Nebraska, a red-and-white scheme becomes teal and black.
That rich purple gets a metallic yellow hue white the white "N" logo turns black.
Once again, the monochrome helmets aren't too exciting when inverted, though a navy helmet might be worth a go for the Irish once in awhile.
Here's a monochrome flip that works just fine. The silvery gray of the Ohio State cap turns into that nice charcoal black.
A virtual clone of the Alabama and Arkansas helmets, so too is the teal-and-black negative.
Nice. The white base turns black while the orange "OSU" logo takes on a blue that contrasts well without being that ghostly teal shade.
You're welcome, Ducks, for the next uniform idea. Oregon's brand of green goes a spectacular pink while the yellow "O" turns blue.
As with their rivals in Eugene, the Beavers might have something here with this alternate look. The orange on the critter turns an electric blue to complement the black cap and white trim.
As simple as it gets — white turns black. And it's pretty cool.
Once again, almost a straight inversion of colors. The gold helmet gets that purple treatment and the navy lettering becomes a yellowish gold.
Another gold helmet goes purple while the black "P" flips to white.
Red to teal. Our favorite. And the white "R" goes black for the no-longer-Scarlet Knights.
The blacks and whites invert while the dark reds on the bird and trim get an electric blue tone.
As with Nebraska, a flip of a red-and-white layout to a teal-and-black look.
The orange dome becomes a neon blue, and the navy blue "S" goes to a creamy white.
We've seen what happens to purple and white. The Horned Frogs get a new yellowish dome, which works just as well as purple for the team name.
Reminiscent of Oregon State, the Vols' orange-and-white helmets become black and a striking electric blue ...
... and ditto for the Longhorns, who see their burnt umber animal turn a similar bright blue over a black backdrop.
The maroorn/brown goes that pale teal shade while the white lettering on the logo turns black.
Red over black and white becomes teal over white and black.
Probably the closest thing we've got on this list to a team's two main colors switching. The blue lettering becomes the helmet's main color and the gold flips over to the lettering.
Another maroon-and-gold scheme that morphs into an all-blue look. This one's not likely to win the Trojan fans over.
Another one where the loud blue works contrasted against a simple black and white. The Utes faithful no doubt will mourn the disappearance of red.
Gold to purple and a flipping of whites and blacks, a pretty common theme at this point.
The results here recall the similarly swashbuckling teal of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' inverted helmet. The navy blue base goes cream and the orange around the "V" gets that teal transformation.
Teal in small doses can be sharp, and this might be the best example of that. The Hokies lose their distinctive maroon-and-orange combo but the result is still eye-catching.
A black helmet becomes white. Gold lettering becomes purple. This exercise is making it apparent how many teams use these colors.
Gold and purple becomes ... purple and gold! Much like UCLA, the Huskies have essentially complementary colors already and so their helmet more or less does a straight swap.
Pretty nice, Cougs. The rich red of the lettering gets our old friend teal back in the mix. The white helmet goes black.
The navy main color becomes a silvery white while the distinctive yellow letters morph into distinctive blue letters for the Mountaineers.
As with other red-and-white blends before them, the Badgers' helmets become teal and black — with a little white trim around the "W" to replace the black.