BCS of uniforms: ACC

The players at North Carolina are clearly pretty psyched to be ranked at the top of the ACC.

Ok, so we are getting down to the wire here, but for time concerns, we will keep this brief when breaking down some of the fashion from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

1. North Carolina

Carolina blue has become iconic with the Tar Heels, but mostly on the basketball court. The football Tar Heels employ the interlocking N and C on their helmets. The Carolina blue in the home uniform is one of the best colors out there. The only thing that keeps this from being among the elite is the small and sometimes thick blue stripe on the side of the pants.

2. Virginia Tech

In recent years, the Hokies have gotten more creative with their uniforms. There have been some throwbacks and stripes on the shoulders added on to what used to be a pretty boring uniform.

3. Clemson

The Tigers have an all-orange look for home games, but unlike some other teams that go with all bright colors, the look isn’t to offensive, but it actually works. The Tiger print on the helmet is also pretty cool.

4. Miami

The Hurricanes have taken on the city of Miami’s bright color scheme for a long time. Now the Marlins are adopting the same look (maybe since they’re playing at the site of the old Orange Bowl.) The iconic ‘U’ on the helmet has been around for years and makes the helmets a solid look.

5. Florida State

The red and gold the Seminoles use is a good combination. The arrow on the helmet and the helmet stickers of the same design give them the details to make the uniform fun.

Virginia, who usually goes pretty conservative with their uniform choice, had a swing and a miss in this year's Chick-Fil-A Bowl

6. Virginia

The best part of the Virginia uniform is the helmet. The V with interlocking swords is very cool.

7. Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets are one of the rare teams in college football to wear white at home, most of the time. It’s not like their colors are dark anyway, a gold uniform could be used as road look if they really wanted.

8. Maryland

The Terps tried to become the Oregon of the east coast this season, but it simply did not work. The uniform combinations were not all that inspiring and couldn’t match the Ducks.

9. Duke

The saving grace for the Blue Devils here is their white helmets and stripes on the shoulder. I’m a sucker for both.

10. Boston College

I don’t know, this is a pretty plain look. It’s a classic uniform, but they haven’t had to success on the field to make it iconic.

11. Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons have an extremely boring helmet which really hurts these uniforms, all they have to do is perhaps get a little creative with the logo.

12. N.C. State

Nothing too much to talk about here. The small N and C in the big S are pretty neat though.

Week 12 College football review: What in the world?

South Florida offensive tackle Mark Popek sported a confusing look on Saturday against Miami. Photo by Getty Images

Supporting our troops is a great thing. They put their lives on the line for our country, and do things that most of us don’t have the bravery to do.

This sentiment has made its way into college football in a big way this season, and it came to a head on Saturday with South Florida.

The Bulls came out with some helmets that better resembled a zebra than a football uniform. There was not even an indication of the usual South Florida logo on these helmets.

I will admit I did not get to watch any of this game, but just from looking at the photos, I am taken aback by these helmets. Other teams like South Carolina and Texas Tech have used these Wounded Warrior uniforms in the past, but there was never a huge change like this to the helmet.

The Bulls committed a cardinal uniform sin by stunning the viewer with their uniforms. The pattern on the helmets was very different to figure out, and it’s very tough to be aware of what exactly they were going for with the design.

The original prototypes for these helmets did have the South Florida logo on them, but when they were brought out on the field, they were gone. A swing and a miss here.

After that debacle, let’s move to our quick hits:

N.C. State's Tobias Palmer and QB Mike Glennon had their best game of the season in an all-red alternate on Saturday, Photo by Associated Press

  • N.C. State, who never goes outside the uniform box, went with all-red in a huge upset of Clemson. The look is pretty basic, and would be something the Wolfpack might consider going back to considering the success they had with it on the field.
  • Texas Tech went with all-white against Missouri. Again, nothing too exciting here, just a uniform change.
  • Oregon went with all-black in a loss to USC, but it was somewhat sloppy. Instead of going with the neon on black like they did in the season opener against LSU, these silver numbers with yellow outlining didn’t have the same look to them.

College Football Review: It’s Bright in Here

A pretty neat view of Clemson's all-orange statement victory over Auburn as Dwayne Allen gets upended by Erique Florence.

Week 3 of the college football season did not see the outrageous fashion statements we saw in the first two weeks, but it was a banner day for schools who chose to stand out from the crowd with their bright colors.

The biggest victory of the day outside of Oklahoma’s road win over Florida State was Clemson ending Auburn’s 17-game win streak in Death Valley, that had Clemson coach Dabo Swinney a little too excited after the game. But in terms of the uniform selection for the teams, Auburn, who always looks good in all white, was put up against a stark contrast in the all-orange threads of Clemson.

Coming from an orange school that made a splash yesterday with a move to the ACC, I tend to find orange uniforms like this more appealing than the average observer. The all-orange uniforms for Clemson works for me. I like the fact they chose orange pants to go along with the helmets and shirts of the same citrusy color, it is distinct and unmistakable they are the Clemson Tigers.

Clemson has been known to occasionally go to a purple outfit, that might hype up fans but definitely is a downgrade from their usual orange uniforms. There’s no indication of purple in a tiger, and I simply don’t understand the need for the uniform.

Another one of the marquee games Saturrday featured two schools who could be in some serious trouble with the NCAA with Miami and Ohio State.

Besides those obvious overtones, Miami continued the trend of orange uniforms in big games Saturday. Miami usually has the choice to go with a green home uniform, which has it merits, but the Orange definitely suits the hurricanes better.

Being from the south in Florida definitely helps Miami look good on the field in orange.  It helped yesterday as the Hurricanes dominated on the way to a strong victory over the overrated Buckeyes.

A few other bright colors that made an impact on the national scene yesterday were Tennessee and Minnesota. The Vols continued to get dominated by Florida but did win in the uniform department with this improvement to their road uniforms with orange pants.

The orange pants go well with the orange T on the helmet to make this uniform really pop off the screen. I could do without the white stripes along the side of the pants, but overall it is an upgrade from the all-white look the Vols used to employ.

Minnesota also used a bold look with a yellow look complimented with maroon pants Saturday when it dominated Miami of Ohio at home. It’s definitely something different and I really hope the Gophers were using it as to not be too hot in their usual all-maroon in the late summer. I do hope they go back to the maroon when things start to get colder and the season progresses, it simply fits Minnesota better.

A few more quick hits from the uniform world after Saturday’s action:

Oregon could have done better on Saturday. It's nice to see a bit of green, but the gray helmet ruins it.

  • Oregon went with a pretty simple look in a layup game against Missouri State going back to its roots of green uniforms and green pants, but I don’t understand the need to go with the gray helmets all the time. Just once, I would like to see the ducks actually wear green helmets which used to be the standard.
  • Like I showed here earlier this week, Maryland went with an all-black look without anything on the side of the helmet against West Virginia. It didn’t look too bad on the field, but actually worked well for me. We’ll see how things go for the Terps next week.
  • Virginia Tech went with a throwback helmet and white for a home game which I am never really a fan of. The helmets go back to a look the Hokies wore from 1974-77.
  • Arizona State continued to change things up with an all-white uniform in a loss to Illinois. I usually don’t mind all-white like what Boise wore against Georgia, but these just didn’t work for me. I would have never know it was the Sun Devils if I wasn’t told so.
That’s about it for this week, hopefully we’ll have a bit more in the way of fashion statements for next week. If it seems like I missed anything or you want to add your own thoughts, feel free to let me know.