Yeah, that's a chrome facemask.
Today the Hoosiers unveiled five new helmet designs to complement the old reliable "IU" logo. That's more helmets than 2012 wins. Every single one will be worn at least once this upcoming season, and they range from staid to retro to the freaking state flag (photo gallery here). But we can't take our eyes off this shiny crimson and silver look.
At the official reveal, the players reacted as players are contractually obligated to do at these things: they freaked out like Oprah had just given them all new cars. But you can sense them dying inside.