Ohio State joins helmet craze with a new lid for Wisconsin game

It seems like every week teams are doing something to make their uniforms a little more snazzy and this week it's Ohio State's turn.

On Monday, Buckeye tight end Reid Fragel tweeted a photo of the new helmets his team plans to wear for this weekend's game against Wisconsin. And they actually look pretty fresh (do the kids still use the word fresh?) with silver sandwiching a red panel down the middle and the player's numbers on either side.

The entire uniform is part of the Pro Combat series by Nike, which also has made uniforms for Michigan State, Stanford and LSU.

While the new helmets -- and uniforms -- are cool, the Buckeyes probably won't need any more motivation to get amped (do the kids still say amped?) for a game against a Wisconsin team that is reeling after a last-second 37-31 loss to Michigan State last weekend.

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Ohio State has had two weeks to prepare for this game and get its offense squared away after a questionable effort in the 17-7 win against Illinois. In that game, Ohio State completed just one pass — albeit for a touchdown — and managed just 228 yards of total offense. The Buckeyes seemed content keeping the ball out of the hands of quarterback Braxton Miller and relying on the legs of running back Dan Herron and the Buckeye defense, which forced three turnovers.

But Ohio State won't have the luxury of using just half of the offense against a Wisconsin team that scores quickly and will be motivated to erase last week's loss.

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