Week 6 College football review: Black all over

Rutgers rolled over Pittsburgh in a statement victory on Saturday, and they look pretty good in all-black uniforms doing it. Photo by The Star-Ledger

This week’s choice in college football uniforms was about as exciting as the games. Which is to say there was a very limited amount of excitement to be had.

The biggest splash of the day might have come from the local team as Rutgers decided to ditch its Scarlet-ness and go with an all-black look on a hot day in Piscataway, NJ.

When I first saw these uniforms on ESPN’s famous Uni-Watch before the season began, I was very disappointed in the Scarlet Knights’ decision to become the Black Knights for a day. I was also concerned the players might pass out from heat exhaustion  because of the 85-degree temperatures throughout the Garden State on Saturday.

  • However, as the day turned to night and I started looking at more photos of the game (and probably because of how well Rutgers played) the uniforms grew on me. Guys like Rutgers’ best player Mohamed Sanu looked pretty cool in the uniforms, especially with the pink accents with the mouthguards.

I am usually not a fan of the matte finish on helmets, but over time I think it looks good depending on the circumstances. They seem to me that it would make the player’s head more hot because it looks like the surface of a road, but I guess it worked for Rutgers.

The only thing that bothered me about this uniform was the red Rs on the helmets. It was pretty obvious it was a decal, but I am glad they went with red instead of the usual white R on the helmets.

Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas looked pretty nifty in these uniforms on Thursday night. Photo by Getty Images

There were some other schools who went with black in their helmets and with that, we’ll start the quick hits:

  • Oregon went with these “Fighting Ducks” uniforms in its victory over Cal on Thursday night. These were new looks for the Ducks, but the matte finish on the black helmets and the black pants had been seen before this season, in a loss to LSU. Perhaps the best touch of this uniform was the ducks on the shoulders. It was a bit corny, but it was fun.
  • Oklahoma State wasn’t slowed at all by what must have been a hot day for them in black-on-black-on-orange uniforms in a romp of Kansas. I’m still waiting for them to go with their usual home uniforms once this season.
  • Northwestern kept the all-black trend going with their night loss to Michigan.
  • Arizona State looked like the old Arizona State with these yellow helmets and pants for a road game at Utah.
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The Details in Dallas

Jason Witten must notice some of these uniform intricacies while he is working against defensive backs like LaRon Landry. Photo by Getty Images

How ’bout them Cowboys uniforms?

Well, there are two distinguishing features America’s Team possesses, and they are both only noticeable to the truly obsessive. Besides the fact the Cowboys are one of the only acceptable teams to wear white at home (because they always have), their pants and helmets provide a bit of uniform intrigue.

Let’s start with the pants. Have you ever noticed the silver color of the pants with the white uniforms seems a bit different than their helmet. Well, that’s because they are.

The home pants have a blue-ish/green tint to them, which is a bit of a change from the silver pants they go with on the rare occasion the blue jerseys must be worn.

It’s a bit of a difference but it is something interesting that should be noted by the obsessive uniform observer.

Dallas also has a throwback uniform they usually go to on Thanksgiving that has no silver in it at all, but white instead. It is a departure from the usual white at home look for the Cowboys, and uses white in the helmet and pants.

The second minor detail in the Cowboys uniform is the little blue label at the back of the helmet. It lies between the two thin dark blue stripes and the thick white one.

Besides looking pretty neat, there’s actually a function to this stripe. If you look really closely, you can see the blue stripes have the players’ name written in white lettering on it. It’s nearly impossible to notice when watching on TV, but quite satisfying when it actually is noticed after further inspection.

That’s all for today, with the baseball playoffs starting up later this week, hopefully I’ll have time for a bit of a look at the playoff team’s uniforms during the Division Series. Also, expect a guest appearance from a friend soon on this blog.

Nice Pants

The Giants' Domenik Hixon made a nifty catch against the Rams Monday night. Photo by The Star-Ledger

I know I promised a bit of history on the Rams and Giants uniforms, but it turns out I don’t have the time to get all that done before work today, it will come some time this week though.

The Rams and Giants played a truly ugly game Monday night at the Meadowlands that saw the Giants come out on top, 28-16. As a good friend of mine who was there said, it was the most underwhelming victory in recent memory. Now I know how Penn State fans felt after that Temple win on Saturday.

Anyway, we’re not here to talk about the actual games that would be silly, let’s talk uniforms!!

I was glad to see the Giants went back to their usual home pants after going with their away pants for preseason home games this season. The panic that had swept through the Meadowlands for much of the preseason had nothing to do with injuries, but the concern that the home pants had gone away forever. Another friend informed me these away pants featuring thinner stripes were for cost-saving reasons, let’s hope so.

While I was pleasantly surprised by the Giants choice in pants, the Rams continued to disappoint in that department. The white-on-white look St. Louis displayed last night was as bad as their red zone offense.

Some of the Rams’ best days in recent memories (after they abandoned the uniforms they won a Super Bowl with) came with gold pants no matter if they were home or away.  Since then, the people in St. Louis have gone a little nuts by wearing blue and white pants with both the home and away uniforms.

It is absolute madness and I have no idea who thought this would be a good idea. The Rams have seen little success with these uniforms, and if they want some good karma going back in their direction they should go back to the gold pants. St. Louis has not totally abandoned this look, last season was a brief return to the gold pants at home, but that was quickly gone for white and blue pants with the uniforms.

There was even a time when the Rams went with white at home with blue pants, I was shocked and appalled. Hopefully, they can come to their senses soon in St. Louis and realize their up and coming team should look good while winning the atrocious NFC West.