BCS of uniforms: Big Ten

It's not easy to see, but adding numbers to the Michigan helmets has taken the uniform to a new level this season.

First of all, I hope everyone enjoyed the New Year’s Day bowl games, even if they did come a day later than usual. Today, we’ll look into the Big Ten’s uniform rankings, where tradition reigns supreme.

1. Michigan

The Wolverines have always had a classic, yet intricate look, but this season, they added a new feature that took the uniform to the next level. The addition of small numbers on the helmet to go along with the Wolverine claws is quite cool.

The home combination of blue and yellow is always a good look with one dark color and one light. Also, those colors are synonymous with Michigan considering all the success and tradition in Ann Arbor.

2. Ohio State

Again, the best part of these traditional uniforms comes in the details, but it is nothing new. The Buckeye helmet stickers given out by the coaching staff makes an otherwise plain helmet an interesting part of the uniform.

Again, just like the Michigan uniforms, the colors of Ohio State (scarlet and grey) are iconic in college football.

3. Illinois

The Illini don’t have the same tradition as some other Big Ten schools, but again, the combination of orange and blue works for me.

The recent addition of some unnecessary trimming along the jersey bothers me a bit and the logo of “Illinois” with an underline is a little boring, but overall, the look is stellar.

4. Wisconsin

While, the uniform might be very generic, and as my brother said, “a typical uniform for a team that wears white and red,” it is still aesthetically pleasing. The big W on the helmets fills enough of the helmet to make it cool, and the red trimming along the white pants makes the uniform work.

5. Penn State

These are the most classic or classic football uniforms. The Nittany Lions wear blue at home and white on the road. It’s that simple. If Penn State did not have any success, these uniforms would be considered boring, but now they are iconic.

Michigan State and Michigan made the biggest uniform splash of the Big Ten season in October with these two uniforms.

6. Michigan State

There’s a little bit more going on here for the Spartans. They have switched back and forth on their helmets over recent years, but the general combination of green and white has stayed consistent, save for one game against Michigan this season.

7. Nebraska

It’s still weird to include the Huskers among the Big Ten, but might as well get used to it. These are basically the same as Wisconsin’s uniforms, the only difference, the N on the helmet is small and they wear red pants on the road.

8. Northwestern

The Wildcats don’t have the tradition of most of the schools in the Big Ten, and they wear purple, so there’s that.

9. Purdue

Nothing too special here. The Boilermakers made a change to their uniforms this season (gold numbers) along with most Nike teams, but it didn’t make the uniform any more special.

10. Iowa

The Hawkeyes look like the Pittsburgh Steelers, but with the logo on both sides of the helmet. It’s not bad, but not that creative at all.

11. Minnesota

The Gophers have never really been any good. They wear maroon with yellow. It’s an all right look, but the addition of lots of trimming along the jersey has made it complicated in recent years.

12. Indiana

It feels like the Hooisers have tried to create a traditional uniform for years now, but have never been able to find the right combination. They also use a darker red than their basketball team, who has excellent uniforms.

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.