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Best of the unis: New helmets across the country in Week 9

At this point in the season, most teams that are going to reveal an alternate uniform have done it. So where do they go from here? New helmets! We will see five distinct new lids in Week 9.

Oregon State's "Men of Roses" helmets aren't going to blow anyone away with their "battleship gray" base color, but the new hat and accompanying jersey patch have significance. The 1942 written on the helmet bumper is in reference to the Beavers' 1941 team that qualified for the Rose Bowl, only to learn it would not be played in Pasadena, California, because of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Oregon State (then known as Oregon State College) went on the road and beat Duke in the only Rose Bowl game to be played away from the iconic stadium of the same name. Oregon State's athletic department put together this video to better explain. The Beavers' homecoming opponent is Washington State (10:45 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

This will mark the third season that Illinois has worn its "Gray Ghost" uniform for homecoming in honor of the "Galloping Ghost" and Illinois alumnus Red Grange, but this season there's a new navy helmet for the Illini's game against Minnesota. Previous versions of the alternates included a white helmet.

East Carolina has a "Chrome Carbon Fiber" helmet it will roll out for its home game against UConn (noon ET, ESPNEWS).

Texas San Antonio is going to capitalize on the orange portion of its color scheme for its Halloween game against North Texas with a combination the Roadrunners are calling "Blackbird." It's black from head to toe with some orange accents on the jersey and helmet.

Friday night in Tampa, South Florida hosted Navy in its camouflage-accented "Salute to Service" uniforms. The school's campus is built on the site of a former airfield.

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