(Champaign, IL) -- The Fighting Illini will be sporting a fresh new design on their helmets when they hit the gridiron this fall. The new dome protectors are bright orange with a new blue and white stripe down the center and a giant blue and white block-style “I” on both sides. Gone is the italic Illini. The team will still keep its blue matte helmet as a secondary option. Team leaders are hoping the fashion adjustment will help them foil a Big Ten losing streak that’s lasted a couple of seasons. Lots of thumbs-up online so far.