Over the last few years there has been an alarming trend in college football. Teams have gone crazy in the tricking up of their uniforms they wear each Saturday. The trend seemed to start with throw back uniforms that were worn one game a year. Then teams decided to go with an alternate uniform to wear once or twice a year. This was cool, and spiced up the game just a little bit. Then the University of Oregon decided to blow the doors off and make uniform selection harder than advanced calculus. While some of the things Oregon has worn over the last few years would make even a blind man scream in horror at the sight, now it seems other schools are starting to follow along and come up with more uniform combinations than Madonna has lovers. Three schools this off season have followed suit and joined the idiotic trend. Washington State, Arizona State and now Maryland are now in the club of multiple uniforms.
While Washington State has changed their uniforms up, they really didn’t change the look all too much. In terms of change I would give Washington State a thumbs up for the change, because they updated their look and didn’t radically change the look from what was a nice looking uniform. Other than adding two new helments and making color combinations, it is relatively the same uniform that they have had as long as I can remember. One of the more drastic changes had to happen to one of my all time favorite uniforms. Arizona State decided to overhaul their uniforms completely this off season and do away with one of my favorite helmet logos of all time. Getting rid of Sparky on the helmet for a pitchfork was one of the biggest mistakes in my opinion. But much like Pac-12 foe Oregon, ASU decided to come up with multiple combinations that at a glance almost look endless as well as ridiculous. It is crazy to think that every school now wants to go and copy cap Oregon with uniforms that can only be called Hideous, but it seems like this is the new frontier in College Football.
This week one of the more surprising teams to join the uniform idiocracy announced and debuted their new uniforms. Maryland had a big ordeal this week to show off their new uniforms and these things can only be the 2nd ugliest uniforms in all of college football behind Oregon. Once again I am all for updating your look and trying to have something that is catchy and eye grabbing to potential recruits. Needless to say these uniforms are the butt of jokes all across the Internet and even in college football circles. I have always liked the black and red of Maryland’s uniforms and the yellow outline has always added a little pop. But in no way is a Yellow uniform ever a good idea. I will say these are hideous and I think this is something Under Armour concocted to try and keep up with Nike. But there were better ways to keep up with them than unveil this travesty on uniforms. The only cool looking thing to come out of these uniform combinations is the white turtle shell helmet, that is one thing I think would be cool to see on the field. But the other things have been a major mistake. It is these kind of things that makes me thing College football as a whole will end up regretting this trend in the near future.
As I mentioned above, this is becoming a war of who can create the most extreme look between Nike and Under Armour. Nike has a major foothold on the sports with most teams going to wear their “Pro Combat” uniforms at least one time each of the last three seasons and there will be teams doing it again this year. A common team to do this has been Boise State and they will be wearing something special in their season opening game against Georgia. But in a surprise, Georgia went along with it and decided to join the fray. While I am sure it seems like a good idea on paper, taking a school like Georgia who has one of the classic all time uniforms and changing it even in the smallest way is going to back fire and create a fire storm. So Georgia is going to wear this in the Georgia dome agianst Boise St.
While these aren’t horrible, it is once again an assault on something that is classing and old school. The list has become to large to keep a count on teams who have participated in this idiocracy and attack on everything that is sacred when it comes to uniforms. Even two of the oldest and most storied schools are in the fray, Yes, Michigan and Notre Dame both are going to wear “throwback” uniforms in a night game in the big house. While these two uniforms are not horrible, and could actually pass as a cool gimmick, it is becoming old and annoying and I wish teams would just stick to what has worked for years.
Call me old school, call me behind the times, but I grew up where each team wore one jersey at home, and one jersey on the road. Usually each team had white, or team color pants and only one helmet that had the schools logo or something associated to the school on it. It is the way football uniforms are meant to be made and worn. Jerseys were not meant to have wings on them, and pants are not meant to have psychedelic stripes down the leg. Uniforms are meant to be simple and classic. Nike and Under Armour are ruining uniforms across the board by having a pissing match with each other over who could create the wildest look. Because so many teams have gone to this new fad in the sport, it is almost impossible to tell who is playing on the field. Maybe I am the minority here, but I don’t want to have to understand advanced calculus to be able to understand that Oregon and Maryland are playing. I miss the days when you could know before the graphic popped up on the screen. Maybe athletic directors will smarten up and squash this travesty on a sport that has so much history and allure that it doesn’t need to result to gimmicks to be popular.