"You’re not going to please everybody," Sarkisian said. "For as many people as there are that want us not to change a thing and still wear the same cleats and whatever else there’s as many people that want us to wear something new too and they see what’s going on in our conference and two of our biggest rivals are doing it.
"We’re trying to be respectful of our past and our tradition and all of that but also give us a little bit of freshness."
Sarkisian says the new helmets are a hit with the players, who "really like" them.
Asked if he was a fan of the new lids, Sarkisian says he’s on board, too.
"I think they’re really cool," he said. "We’ll see how they look Saturday. I’m going to like them a lot more if we win."