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The Razorbacks in white helmets? Why not just give them white feathers, while you're at it? White helmets go back to the days of Otis Douglas, and those were not happy days for the Hogs, perennial also-rans in the old Southwest Conference. A few years later, Bowden Wyatt had the Razorbacks in the Cotton Bowl, wearing the solid-red helmets that would become a trademark of UA football. The Razorbacks continued wearing red helmets as Frank Broyles lifted them into the elite of college football, a position from which they now seem to be descending.

The problem with this team — one of the problems — is that the coaches are watching too many of those fashion-show reality-television programs. Apparently they'd rather design uniforms than defensive strategies. We say bring back the red helmets, and buckle them on tight. Remember that success on the gridiron can be as sweet as that on the runway.

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