BCS of uniforms: Pac-12

The UCLA players are pretty pumped to be named the best uniform in college football according to this blog. Photo by Associated Press

So even though the college football season has come to an end, we’ll have one last look at a major conference before reviewing the style displayed in the bowl games this season.


These are the best uniforms is college football. The combination of a gold helmet, with purple lettering and a light blue uniform that features gold and white stripes on the shoulders. The uniform is completed by gold pants that complete the uniform in a perfect way.

2. Oregon

The Ducks have to get some credit here for being the pioneers behind this uniform revolution. It’s very difficult to pick one uniform combination because there must have been about 100 over the years. The general idea of green with yellow is cool, and again major credit going to Oregon for starting this craze.

3. USC

This is another example of a classic college football uniform that still works. The stripes on the shoulders are a bit different than the usual, but the combination of red and yellow still works.

4. Colorado

I like black with gold, and the logo on the helmet is subtle, but still works since the buffalo is neat.

5. Oregon State

These are pretty simple uniforms, but still solid. Orange with black is pretty cool, and I am a fan of the font used for the numbers.

6. Washington

The Huskies have a pretty regal look with gold and purple featured most prominently on the uniform. The W on the helmet is a good look.

7. Stanford

It’s a simple look for the Cardinal, but it goes along with the persona of the team. They never try to do anything too flashy and the uniform displays that.

8. Arizona State

The Sun Devils tried to liven up their uniforms this season, but it didn’t quite work that well. I enjoyed the old yellow helmets, but I understand what they were going for with the change.

9. California

If not for some unnecessary changes to the helmet that saw a paw and a weird stripe added to the helmet. The general color scheme is good, but there’s a little too much going on there for me.

10. Arizona

The Wildcats can’t really decide what they want their helmets to be. Sometimes they are blue, sometimes they are white, and I can’t find a rhyme or reason to it.

11. Utah

It’s a look that could be more simple if they wanted to improve it. There’s no need for some of the piping along the sides are crawling up the uniform.

12. Washington State

The Cougars don’t do much to get creative here. They even added some gray uniforms which was completely unnecessary and just looked weird.

Week 13 College football review: Who are they playing?

Andrew Luck and Ryan Hewitt had a moment in this all-red look against Notre Dame Saturday night. Photo by Getty Images

It’s never a good thing when that question has to be asked at the start of a game. Usually that means the uniforms for one teams have failed in doing their jobs of identifying the team.

For two game played on the West Coast Saturday night, this question was brought up in The Star-Ledger newsroom. The first instance came when Stanford took the field in an all-red Pro Combat uniform for their easy victory over Notre Dame. The second was when UCLA abandoned the best uniform in college football for a sloppy white look that matched its play on the field.

We’ll start here with the Cardinal.

For Andrew Luck’s final home game, Stanford was, as one friend put it, “looking like they were going to a burgundy party.” I’ve personally never been to one of those, but if everyone looks like Stanford did last night, count me out.

The black, matte finish helmet made Luck look somewhat mean on the field, but it must have worked for the Cardinal, who probably locked up a spot in the Fiesta Bowl and their second straight 11-win season.

The look for Stanford was not nearly as offensive as what UCLA went with.

UCLA's Shledon Price played and looked miserable in a blowout loss to USC. Photo by Getty Images

I have said this for a long time and I will continue, UCLA has the best uniforms in all of college football. The powder blue home jerseys with gold stripes on the shoulders to go along with the gold helmet just looks regal.

For some reason, the Bruins decided to abandon much of the gold in their uniforms and switch to an unrecognizable look. I understand the game was on the road, but the Bruins could have still stuck with their stripes on the shoulders, gold helmets and gold pants that make their uniforms so distinguishable.

I was sorely disappointed in the Bruins for this, their play on the field in a 50-0 blowout to archrival USC was perhaps their punishment from the uniform gods.