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.

Advertisements

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.

Week 4 College Football Review: Cowboy Down

Oklahoma State cornerback Brodrick Brown helped the Cowboys rally in the second half on Saturday with this interception, but they sure looked bad doing it. Photo by Getty Images.

Stillwater, Okla., is a different sort of place for someone who has spent the vast majority of his life in the Northeast.

In two trips there, I have learned a few things, and here they are.

The state of Oklahoma is very flat; apparently using forks to eat barbecue and cake is the sign of a wuss; in life, I should “play the game,”; getting a first down is nearly as exciting as a touchdown; and chief among them … Orange Power.

The chant of “Orange Power” reverberates through the stands of Boone Pickens Stadium on most Saturdays in the fall. There are even shirts in the various gift shops, displaying this very phrase, and it all comes from the orange jerseys their beloved Cowboys wear for home games.

However, this season, it seems like Oklahoma State has abandoned that very concept with their uniforms.

The Cowboys did make a roaring comeback to defeat Texas A&M on the road in the game of the day yesterday. OK State could now be on their way to its first Big 12 title, but that doesn’t really matter here, let’s examine their uniforms.

Before the season started, Oklahoma State announced they would be introducing a new line of uniforms, complete with this uni-builder. While some of the combinations have their merit (mostly because they include orange), the gray-white-gray combination they went with Saturday was terrible.

Oklahoma State has seemed to totally abandon orange in their uniform scheme. Granted there was orange in the lettering of the helmet and in the numbers, but it’s not enough. The standard Oklahoma State uniform should have orange shirts for home games and orange pants for away games.

This season, the Cowboys have yet to wear orange of any sort in their first four games. The first game saw a gray jersey for a home game, the second, a black jersey for a Thursday night home game, the third, black pants for an away game and then yesterday’s monstrosity.

The results thus far have been more than productive, but I have to wonder what the chants of “Orange Power” sound like at Boone Pickens Stadium when the team has clearly abandoned this concept.

A few other teams made a splash in the uniform world on Saturday and here are your weekly quick hits:

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson looked like a member of the Cleveland Browns against Marshall on Saturday. Photo by Associated Press

  • Virginia Tech resembled the Cleveland Browns in their victory over Marshall. The Hokies went with this same look in the Orange Bowl last season. It’s a little jarring, but overall the look works.
  • Arizona State continued to change every week, but this week’s ensemble was more of a return to their usual color scheme. It certainly worked as they dominated USC for a huge Pac-12 victory.
  • Oregon went back to what could be considered their standard road uniforms of white shirt and green pants with a green helmet. The Ducks must have read this blog where I begged them to go back to a green helmet at some point, much appreciated.
  • West Virginia’s all-yellow look was fine, and it seems like the Mountaineers might be going with the yellow shirts as a permanent look since that is all they have worn at home so far this season. Just no yellow helmets please.
  • Staying in the Big East, I like what South Florida is doing this season. Saturday’s look was no exception. It was a good idea to go with black on gold pants and the gold helmet. Definitely looks better than the white helmet.
  • I sure was wrong about that Maryland game. Those yellow jerseys should be thrown away after the debacle against Temple. Bernard Pierce ran all over them.
  • Lastly, I’m going to miss these all-blue Boise State jerseys. Once they get into Mountain West conference play, they will not be able to wear these against the blue turf in Boise.