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#pounditSaturday, June 22, 2024

LSU debuted 1 unusual advantage against Florida State

LSU player Mekhi Wingo testing an air-conditioned helmet

LSU entered the college football season ranked in the top five of the AP poll for a myriad of reasons. Could one of those reasons be extra comfortable helmets?

The Tigers debuted their air-conditioned helmets on the field in their season-opener against the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday. The high-tech helmets were developed by Louisiana-based company Tigeraire.

According to LSU Country’s Zack Nagy, Tigeraire built the cooling mechanism in 2020 to help LSU players like Ja’Marr Chase and Derek Stingley during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The device, which snaps inside the helmet, was initially used to assist players’ breathing while complying with face mask requirements. But players took to the cooled helmets even at practice, where there weren’t any face mask restrictions in place.

Now the entire LSU team will continue to sport the cooled helmets for every practice and game in the 2023 season.

LSU likely felt the benefits in their season opener against Florida State, given that it was in the hot and humid Camping World Stadium in Orlando. However, it wasn’t enough to help the Tigers come away with the victory; they lost 45-24 to the Seminoles.

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