PHOTO: Cincinnati's reported red helmets for Belk Bowl

Cincinnati reportedly will wear alternate red helmets against Duke in the Belk Bowl. ( Watch)

According to multiple reports -- including Paul Lukas, of Uni Watch -- these are the helmets Cincinnati will be wearing for its showdown against Duke in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27. The co-Big East champs will enter the matchup without coach Butch Jones, who accepted the job as Tennessee's next head coach. Newly hired head coach Tommy Tuberville will not be on the sideline, either. Defensive line coach Steve Stripling will coach the team for the bowl game.

A victory will give the Bearcats a 10th win for the fifth time in the past six seasons. So while the program's leadership is in flux, there is still plenty on the line in terms of continuing the recent success. Perhaps the coaches (or school) are breaking out the alternate gear as an extra boost in an otherwise difficult situation for many football teams.

Also -- is it just me, or is there some houndstooth in that red design? Cincinnati getting fancy for the holiday season, I suppose.

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