Regardless of style preferences, no one can accuse Arizona State football of preferring the safe route when it comes to big games.
On Saturday night against USC, the Sun Devils took the field wearing “mega-fork” decals and old school numbers on their maroon helmets. The result (if you care to give the helmets some credit) was a 62-41 trashing of Lane Kiffin’s Trojans.
Today, ASU Head Coach Todd Graham raised the ante at his weekly press conference by unveiling a special “hot look” uniform for this weekend’s showdown with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Arlington, Texas.
The uniform includes special fiery graphics on the sleeves. However, the coup de grace is an eye-catching black helmet with a full flame-on treatment, including a charred facemask and several strategically placed Sun Devil “fork” logos.
Graham, who was closely involved in the uniform design effort, believes the special big game gear is key to recruiting. “Every single helmet is different,” he said. “We want our players to have the best and be first class in everything we do. We’ve got a tremendous brand with the ‘fork,’ and if you want to be a champion, you have to look like a champion first.”
Graham added, “Obviously, our number one focus is winning the game (against Notre Dame), but this is something exciting for our guys.”