What’s Maryland wearing this week? Week 8

Maryland will wear white on the road for the first time this season against Florida State.

The Terps will travel for the just the second time all season when they visit Florida State on Saturday. They will debut their white helmets that look like a turtle’s shell for the game along with this white-on-black look.

I’m glad to see some design on the helmets after weeks of a plain black look and a brief glimpse of the Maryland state flag made into a helmet.

The white jersey with the black pants are pretty standard, but the weird designs up the back of the legs are weird. So are the multi-toned numbers on the jerseys, but nothing too crazy for Maryland this season.

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What’s Maryland wearing this week? Week 7

Maryland will go with all-red uniforms and the plain black helmets they have used all season for this week's tough matchup with Clemson.

In what is the Terps’ toughest test so far this season when Clemson invades College Park, Md., on Saturday night, Maryland will go to a look that is very similar to one that worked well for them earlier in the season.

The only difference between this look and Week 5’s look in a 28-3 victory over Towson is the red pants. I actually like the fact that Maryland will go with all red, it’s a pretty normal look for a team trying to always make a splash with their uniforms.

Beating the undefeated Tigers will be no easy task, so perhaps the Terps want the focus to be on the way they play on the field and not what they are wearing.

What’s Maryland wearing this week? Week 6

Maryland will go with this black-on-black-on-yellow look for a trip to Georgia Tech, who wears white at home.

The Terps will finally take their show on the road this week with a trip to undefeated Georgia Tech, but in an odd quirk, they will still be able avoid wearing a plain white road jersey.

The Yellow Jackets are one of only a few college teams (also LSU) to regularly wear white at home. This means Maryland is able to choose from more options for this week’s game, and their selection is very similar to their Week 3 look.

The yellow pants are just fine, and in fact it took me a few seconds to notice that was the difference between these uniforms and Week 3’s edition. It’s likely we won’t see a true road Maryland uniform until Oct. 22 when the Terps travel to Florida State.

We’ve already seen a white uniform (for a home game) and it wasn’t pretty, so here’s hoping they can come up with something better.

Week 5 College Football Review: What’s that say?

The pattern inside the numbers cause problems for South Carolina and the officials Saturday.

There was an event yesterday in the uniform world that I had never heard of happening before. If you watched the South Carolina-Auburn game Saturday, you might have noticed the Gamecocks helmets and pants looked different than normal, but their shirts were pretty much the same.

Well that comes from a decision made by the officials prior to the game. South Carolina was wearing their “Wounded Warriors” uniforms for Saturday’s showdown with Auburn, which it eventually lost, 16-13, in pretty dramatic fashion. The Gamecocks have gone to these uniforms in the past as have other teams.

Basically it is supposed to honor our armed forces by putting names like “Courage”, “Honor”, “Pride, and “Serve” on the back of the players’ jerseys. A very good idea in theory, although it lends itself to inevitable, “there’s a lot of guys with the same name on this team” jokes.

South Carolina has done this in the past, but the numbers have looked just the same as always.

Anyway, the names were not the problem Saturday, but rather the numbers. The patterns inside the number made it very difficult to read, and that is why officials told the Gamecocks to change back to their regular jerseys after coming out for warm-ups.

As a friend of mine with a history of working in athletic departments said, “It’s about time they started considering their sports information people.”

I completely agree with this. The point of a uniform is to identify what team you play for and who exactly you are. That’s why there are uniforms in the first place, to figure out which team is which just by sight, otherwise, there would be mass confusion in every single game.

Identifying the player is also very important to the uniform. While those of us watching on television can do that by reading the names on the back of the uniform (in most cases) those who are actually working the game (the officials and score keepers) rely on the numbers, and that is what caused the biggest problem on Saturday.

Illinois wide receiver Spencer Harris matched the orange end zone Saturday in this orange uniform. Photo by Associated Press

And with that, here’s your quick hits:

  • Illinois went with an orange look in their comeback victory over Northwestern. I think the look works pretty well since the rest of the field and the helmet has copious amounts of orange in it.
  • Stanford went with their alternate black uniforms. At first sight, I was not a huge fan of these uniforms, but after further review. They actually do look pretty nice. The red and black works for me.
  • Arizona State did a bad job Saturday after a nice look the week before. The white helmets with the red jersey and white pants, makes it look like a practice jersey.
  • It was interesting to see Michigan go back to the helmets it used to defeat Notre Dame in Week 2. I really like how the helmets have the numbers on them. They are not that noticeable and work well for me.
  • Air Force wore a nice uniform against Navy Saturday. I believe the color is supposed to look like the suit an Air Force member would wear. It’s nice.