Rutgers looking more like Knights

Rutgers football will have a brand new look this upcoming season. It is a move toward looking like the Scarlet Knights they are named after. Photo by The Star-Ledger

Over the past few seasons, Rutgers football started to cause a stir in the uniform world with some black alternate jerseys, but Tuesday, the Scarlet Knights took it to another level.

Rutgers showed off their new threads in a televised uniform reveal in the SNY studios in New York City, and they’re significantly different than anything they’ve worn before.

Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti explained the uniforms as a move to look more like knights. Without that explanation, you might think it looks like Rutgers is ready to jump in a spaceship and head to the moon.

The silver helmets might give the opponents a hard time during day games because of the intense reflection of the sun. They’re supposed to look like the helmets of knights, and with that explanation, the helmets are not as offensive as first thought.

The primary problem I have with the helmets is the thick stripes that go over the top of the helmet. They’re unnecessarily huge and have become the trademark of these new Nike college football uniforms.

The uniforms themselves aren’t  too bad. I like the all-white for road uniforms and all-red for the home garb. The numbers bother me a little bit just because silver numbers can become distracting while watching games.

It should be interesting to watch these uniforms in action this fall.

Here’s a full photo gallery of the uniforms courtesy of The Star-Ledger.

Advertisements

BCS of uniforms: Big East

Syracuse's Prince-Tyson Gulley looked very nice this past season while running for Syracuse. Photo by Associated Press

As we lead up to the big-time bowl games, and I do not mean that as an insult to the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl, I will be going through my own lead up to the big game between Alabama and LSU on Jan. 9, and it all starts today.

I will go over each BCS conference and rank the uniforms of the schools in the conference. From there, I will put together a nice bowl system to find your national champion of uniforms.

We will start with the worst conference on the field, the Big East.

I will get to the chase right away, the top team in uniforms in the Big East is … the Syracuse Orange.

1. Syracuse

The Orange have undergone some changes in recent years since going away from the plain look of the 80s and 90s. Now, the white and blue stripes over the orange helmet and block S really makes the helmet stand out from the others.

When we get down to the uniforms themselves, the combination of orange and blue, which is always a stellar combination, gives the Orange a stellar home and road look.

2. Pittsburgh

The Panthers have a very simple, but effective look for both home and away uniforms. The combination of navy blue and gold on the helmets and the uniforms is clean.

The high ranking of this look, also speaks to the mediocrity of the Big East when it comes to uniforms. The block lettering on the helmet is also quite impressive.

3. West Virginia

The Mountaineers also have a classic look as well. However, in recent years, the yellow alternate with yellow pants have taken away from the usual home uniform.

It’s really a shame because West Virginia looked very cool with the yellow pants and blue uniforms. The West Virginia logo is a good look as well.

4. South Florida

This season was a big step for the Bulls in the uniform department. They had employed an alternate white helmet to go apart from the usual gold helmet.

The Bulls introduced a green helmet and green pants for their away uniforms, and it got off to a roaring start with a victory over Notre Dame.

The logo is average at best. It’s hard to really tell what they are getting at. It’s clearly supposed to be a bull from a U, but I don’t think it really works.

5. Cincinnati

Here is where we get into the real dregs of the uniform world that is the Big East.

There’s not much about the Bearcats’ uniforms that will get anyone excited. The home uniforms are all back to go along with the black helmets, but the bear claws on the side take away from the simpleness of the uniforms.

It's doubtful many of the members of the Rutgers football team will be celebrating their place in the Big East rankings.

6. Rutgers

Again, the Scarlet Knights go with a simple look of red with white pants most of the time, but the all-black alternates from this season have taken away from the uniforms.

7. Lousiville

There’s not much to say here, these uniforms are quite terrible. There’s nothing special to them, it’s like they’re stuck in the 80swith their uniforms.

8. Connecticut

The Huskies have nothing special going on here. The basketball uniforms are so much better than the stupid football look. There is simply nothing to speak of here. The trimming along the sides doesn’t belong.

So there it is, Syracuse will be moving on to the Orange Bowl of uniforms. They don’t rank among the best in the country, but just like in real football, the Big East doesn’t earn as much in terms of respect nationally.

Week 9 College football review: What to wear

Oregon went with a yellow-on-black look in a victory over Washington State on Saturday. It was a look not yet seen this year, but used against UCLA last season. Photo by Getty Images

Outside of Ohio State’s pro combat uniforms in an upset victory over Wisconsin that we will get to later, the uniforms in college football were pretty standard on Saturday.

Therefore, we’ll take some time to go over the pioneers of this uniform revolution, Oregon.

We all know how how Oregon had come since its plain green-and-yellow look to the safety green that made a splash in last season’s national title game. At first all their uniform changes were viewed as corny and a stunt, but now they are the pioneers of a great recruiting tool that has seen the Ducks rise to national prominence on a consistent level.

One thing that I always wonder with Oregon is what their fans wear to games. We’ve come a long way in fan apparel since the days of fedoras and suits in the stands. The standard look for a fan at any football game now is a jersey of their favorite team.

With all the looks Oregon employs, how can a fan of the Ducks know exactly what to wear as they head to Autzen Stadium. It’s neat to be wearing the same thing as the players on the field, but for Ducks fans, it is more of a crap shoot to see if you can actually accomplish that feat.

On the flip side, it also gives fans an opportunity to show their favorite color of the Ducks. They are not restricted to just one jerseys, but literally dozens. Must be fun (and a little confusing) to be an Oregon fan.

Now back to the Buckeyes and our quick hits:

Quarterback Braxton Miller and the rest of the Buckeyes performed well in pro combat uniforms on Saturday. Photo by Getty Images

  • Ohio State had one of the more unoffensive pro combats for their upset of Wisconsin. A friend said earlier in the week the helmets look similar to Georgia’s from Week 1, which is true. However, the colors of the jerseys and pants look like the Buckeyes. It was a pretty good look.
  • Rutgers again went with an all-black look in a snowy loss to West Virginia. I think they might have gone with these black uniforms to stand out from the white field. Either way, I’m looking forward to the Scarlet Knights actually going back to being Scarlet when they take on Army this week at Yankee Stadium.
  • Oklahoma State finally went with orange uniforms at home, but ruined the look with gray helmets and pants. Maybe they are waiting for the key Bedlam games against Oklahoma to get it right.
  • Virginia Tech looked a bit like the Cleveland Browns in a victory over Duke.
  • Kentucky and Mississippi State changed things up a bit. Kentucky wore these odd all-black with blue accents. While the Mississippi State wore a matte finish to their usual helmets.

Week 8 College football review: Uniform sanctions

The Mountain West's uniform restrictions for Boise State finally took effect Saturday against Air Force. Photo by Getty Images

The offseason was filled with scandal in all of college football. From Ohio State to Miami to Oregon to even Boise State there were scandals and sanctions galore.

One of the sanctions to Boise State that went unnoticed was the Mountain West immediately putting some restrictions on their newest member by telling Boise it could no longer wear its blue jerseys for conference home games. The trademark blue turf in Boise, Idaho, made for a camouflage look for the Broncos.

Boise finally ran into this problem on Saturday when they hosted Air Force.

Boise has been changing their uniforms a bit over the past few seasons as it has become a consistent national title contender. They’ve gone with all-white at the start of the season against Georgia and used a new helmet for their bowl game against Utah last season.

Yesterday’s look was similar to what they wore to defeat Virginia Tech in the season opener last year. The only difference is the helmet Boise wore yesterday is similar to the helmet they usually go with.

Personally, I was hoping Boise would decide to go with its orange look it employed for a game last season. It would certainly accomplish what the Mountain West was looking for in that they would stand out from the blue field.

At the very least, this adds a bit more intrigue to the uniform selection for the Broncos every week. They might be falling a bit in the BCS standings, but the uniforms should keep us on our toes.

With that, we’ll move on to our quick hits:

A host of LSU defenders dominated Auburn all game in these alternate uniforms. Photo by Getty Images

  • Top-ranked LSU turned some heads with its uniform selection in a blowout of defending champs Auburn. The white helmets and white pants are the primary departures from the normal yellow here. There is also gold weaved into the stripes on the shoulders and the helmets. Overall, the look is fine, nothing too jarring and not that far from the norm.
  • Virginia Tech went with an orange throwback look against Boston College. The Hokies have started to mix in some surprises in the uniform department recently. For the most part, they work.
  • Both Oregon and Oklahoma State went with all-white in road victories yesterday. Sometimes it’s nice to see a simple look from these teams.
  • Rutgers went away from being Scarlet again on Friday night. They chose black helmets, white jerseys and black pants in a loss to Louisville. The only difference between this and the look they wore at home against Pitt was a white R on the helmet instead of the red seen against Pitt. Maybe Rutgers didn’t feel as fierce with the white R and that’s why they lost.

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.