by Phil Hecken
Week seven of the NCAA College Football season is now in the books, and while there was some chicanery, some hijinx, some machinations in the uniform department, thankfully, it was more *normal* than not. There were some atrocities to be certain, the obligatory BFBS and GFGS offerings, some nice new looks and top 5 matchups, plus a few bad weather games.
Terry will have all that (or most of that) and more below, as we kick off our Week 7 …
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet
Some good. Some bad. Some ugly. Some pony. Let’s do this.
• On Thursday, Colorado went full-Vader against Arizona State. First time they wore the black helmets this season.
• On Friday, Central Michigan wore mono-gold against Navy, who went with navy trousers for the second straight week. I can definitely get used to the latter.
• On Saturday, Lee Corso got in the South Bend spirit by wearing this.
• BYU went BFBS against Oregon State. Beyond disappointing. At least they corrected some common BFBS mistakes (mistakeception), such as wearing a black helmet so that the color balance isn’t off, unlike other schools who’ve given in to the trend. They also made sure that you can actually see the numbers, which is another mistake I see with other schools. Still doesn’t make it right, though. “But wait! Black is the color used for our slacks! Does this mean you hate the way we dress?” No. I love Pinkie Pie, but that doesn’t make this mess any more or less right than this or this. Please never do this again, Cougars.
• Maryland wore their black helmets and LED pants for the second straight week against Virginia. Yes, I know that that pattern is on all of the Maryland football pants, but the black ones in particular just remind me of LEDs.
• Rice wore what look to be throwback uniforms against UTSA.
• In the Northwestern/Minnesota game, the Wildcats wore their black pants with the white jerseys for the first time this season. I freakin’ LOVED how this game looked! Yeah, I would’ve preferred that they wear their purple pants, but I’m more than happy with this. In that same game, Donnell Kirkwood (#20 for Minn.) traded blows with a Wildcat that resulted in his right-side helmet decal breaking off. Here’s the video showing what happened (if you can’t get that video clip to work, try this one> instead). One last thing from that game: they aired a promotional commercial for NU, showing a Wildcat football player with the old Adidas uniform. Odd that they don’t have that updated, or at least a cover-up patch, unless they filmed this before they agreed to terms with UnderArmour. Still, why not a purple censor blur?
• We now move on to a game of apples and oranges. This isn’t the first time that Rutgers has worn mono-scarlet this season (obviously), but I think that this is the first time that they’ve worn this look with the grey facemasks.
• UNLV went full-Putty Patrol against Nevada in the “Battle for the Fremont Cannon”. From Eddie (Reno, NV): “UNLV changed their helmet decals to one that incorporated a red cannon. Too bad the cannon will remain blue, as University of Nevada won again!”
• Hmmm… did the Fighting Irish really win? I could be wrong on this, but from what I see in the gif that Phil sent me, I don’t think anything definitive touched the ground before he broke the plain, but with so many bodies twice as big as me flying around (at 6’2, 183 lbs, I’m about the size of a slightly underweight WR… with fewer muscles), it’s hard to tell.
• Vanderbilt wore their gold tops with the black shoulders for the first time this season against Florida.
• It’s tough to see, but TCU wore their purple chrome helmets (or whatever they’re called) against Baylor. Snazzy. Speaking of Baylor, consider this: both they and Washington normally wear gold helmets and pants, they both have these costumes in their wardrobe, and it just so happens that both of them have dark numbers with a gold outline, they usually wear gold helmets with their BFBS uniforms, and both Baylor and Washington wore white helmets and white pants with their dark (non-black) jerseys on Saturday (Washington played against USC). What were we taking about again?
• Arkansas wore their anthracite suits against Kentucky. Just curious: am I the only one who thinks of a type of poison when I hear the word “anthracite”?
• Can someone tell me what happened here? From Alex Argenio (who spotted this): “I guess they never repainted the field from last year’s bowl game.”
• South Carolina wore this mess against LSU. I am now on the search for fire so I can kill this. Seriously, what is that? Did somebody divide by zero when “creating” this? I’ll be honest: I would’ve tolerated this “Battle Uniform” a lot more if they had a cleaner uniform design, but it doesn’t even have that! The only real thing that it has going for it is the dark grey. At least it isn’t… you know, dingy grey/white or white/grey. But overall, this uniform needs to be burned, re-burned, burned again, and then thrown into the deepest, darkest depths of the non-material world, never to see the light of day again.
So there you go. Definitely (and thankfully) not as much tomfoolery this week compared to last week, but that South Carolina costume makes me want to jump in a vat of molasses, just so there’s something thick enough to protect me from that eyesore. Only one cure for something as ugly as what the Gamecocks wore against LSU: a Persian kitten that somehow defies the laws of cuteness. See you next week.
Oh! Almost forgot to thank Anthony Zogas, Jesse Larson, Eddie from Reno, NV, Alex Argenio, and Phil for some of the things that I missed.
Another superb job Terry.
Now don’t ever post any ‘cute kittens’ vids again! Thanks again for the fine, fine wrapup.
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
Some nights you’re just plain over-matched…
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We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
Just one set (and it’s a bigg’un) for today, and it comes from Dettrick L. Maddox, who goes by the interwebs monicker of “Mr. Design Junkie.” Gonna run this as a slideshow (with his very short writeup to follow):
I’ve submitted before! Here are some new and updated concepts! Good day!
“Mr. Design Junkie”
Dettrick L. Maddox
OK then. That’s quite the um, set of concepts MDJ. What say you readers — anything there that strikes your fancy? I actually like the Michigan (Great Lakes) map concept, although I’m not quite sure that would translate all that well into a jersey, and that “U” collar for the Canes has potential.
Catherine Ryan’s 5 & 1
The five and one has been a staple of Uni Watch for three years, usually ably administered by Jim Vilk. But he got old and tired, so we needed someone young and fresh. And we’ve found that someone in this year’s new 5 & 1 decider…Catherine Ryan.
After a rough day (and night) at Yankee Stadium (Catherine works for the Bombers), but a day during which we traded some college football banter (she’s on top of things even while working!), I’m curious to see how the NCAAFB will fare in this week’s 5 & 1. I have a few choices (and I’m sure we’ll differ) as to my top 5, and the “And One” could go to a number of games. So here’s the list…
Happy Sunday, UniWatchers! Just when I think I have won some of you over, you turn on me the next week. It definitely keeps things spicy. Let’s hear your thoughts on this weekend!
And the bad one…
+1 Honorable Mention: Good God, Maryland.
Thanks Catherine! I still don’t agree with a couple of those top 5, but your #1 is SPOT ON! And the worst spot was easily a toss-up between Rutgers/Cuse and LSU/SCAR, so well done indeed! Readers? What do you think?
And that will tie a bow on this SMUW. Thanks, as always, to Terry, Catherine and Ricko. If you’re wondering where the Duck Tracker is, it’s on hiatus — since the Qucakheads had a bye this week, there was nothing to track.
Enjoy the pink show in the league where they play for pay today. Catch you next weekend.
“Just flipping thru and caught some of the Baylor game. They had a close-up of the goal line pylon and it had…a Nike logo on it. Check that, FOUR swooshes on it. One on each side of course. Why does a pylon have a corporate logo on it at all? To be fair, I’d be just as furious if it were Coca-Cola or Alpo. What’s next, the 40-yard line sponsored by Schlitz Malt Liquor? The red zone sponsored by Tampax?”
–Patrick in MI