The Top-70 2012 College Football Uniforms: 61-70

In college football, uniforms don’t just differentiate the two teams on the field. They represent their entire university. A school’s colors and uniform are recognized across the entire country, especially when a team has had a successful history while wearing the same uniform. Fans live by these colors and graphics. Uniforms are a way of life for college football fans.

That being said, many teams try new looks every year, even if it is just for one game. I have skimmed over most of the games played this season and I have picked pictures of uniforms that these teams have worn in actual games in the 2012 season. Tradition does matter to me, but my rankings will be a mix of that, the aesthetic appeal, the school’s colors throughout the entire uniform, and references to the team itself in the uniform. I also added links inside the text that will take you to some of the older uniforms I will reference for some teams. I will rank 10 teams every Wednesday.

Disclaimer: I give all credit of these uniforms and pictures to their respectful owners and I am in no way endorsed by any university. All rankings are done solely by opinion.

70. Maryland

Team name: Terrapins (Algonquin word for “turtles”)
Official colors: red, black, white, and gold

Maryland’s uniform while playing West Virginia on Sep. 22, 2012.

Maryland has been changing their uniform on a regular basis lately. Some of them have been pretty bad (remember this abomination?) and 2012 brought another horrible uniform. This monstrosity was worn in their game at West Virginia. If the fans in Morgantown didn’t have it bad enough, West Virginia kicked them while they were down by wearing a special ugly uniform of their own for that game.

The uniform is bad for a few reasons. Firstly, the uniform is all white. Not only is this uniform boring, but it doesn’t highlight three of the four school colors. The helmet appears to be checkered white and light gray, which on first glance, looks like it is all white anyways. Uniforms should promote the school’s colors and this one simply doesn’t in any way, not to mention, it is also an eyesore.

69. California

Team name: Golden Bears
Official colors: California gold and Yale blue

The California uniform worn against UCLA on Oct. 6, 2012.

Yikes.

If the team was trying to grab “California gold” from the fabric store, I’m afraid they may have accidentally grabbed “Banana yellow” instead. Regardless, this just isn’t a good look. Yellow is too loud of a color to have as the background of the jersey. I realize the team was trying to grab attention with this uniform, and they certainly did that, but that doesn’t mean the uniform is visually appealing. I like the Cal uniform with the blue pants and white shirt, accented with that yellow. If they had reversed the colors, making the pants yellow and the jersey blue like they did in the Arizona State game, it would have looked much better.

68. Vanderbilt

Team name: Commodores (high ranking officer in the Navy)
Official colors: black and gold

Vanderbilt’s uniform against the Florida Gators on Oct. 13, 2012.

Before seeing this uniform, I would have argued that it would be nearly impossible to ruin “black and gold,” but here we are. Shame on you, Vanderbilt. The first thing of note here is the addition of these black shoulder pad graphics. They look they were just slapped on there. There is no outline or stripes, nor does it interact with the rest of the jersey. The tiny black numbers next to them don’t help, either. The other issue for me is the gold jersey. It doesn’t have any stripes or lines, making it appear they just took a gold shirt and put a number and tacky black shoulder pads on it. Vanderbilt actually has had cool jerseys in the past, like this one from 2011, so this is saddening.

67. Iowa State

Team name: Cyclones (tornadoes)
Official colors: cardinal and gold

Iowa State’s uniform against Texas Tech on Sept. 29, 2012.

Unfortunately, Iowa State is another team that has gold as a school color and somehow ended up with yellow uniforms. This uniform just looks tacky to me. Some black or white outlines or accents would have done wonders for it. The pants and jersey don’t seem to go together, either, and the jersey could use some lines to detract from the plain red shirt. Another note is that this uniform is very similar to USC’s, but USC has done much more in the history of college football, leaving Iowa State without a real identity, in terms of their uniform.

66. Stanford

Team name: Cardinal (shade of red) (a tree is part of the team’s identity, however)
Official colors: cardinal and white

Stanford’s uniform against Washington on Sept. 27, 2012.

All-white uniforms really do kill me. I understand that teams have all-white uniforms to wear during home or away games, but that doesn’t mean you can’t accent the uniform with other school colors or add some lines. For Stanford, who is one of only two teams named after a color (to my knowledge), I would like to see more than white pants and a white jersey with a red number on it. It looks cheap and it didn’t require thought.

65. Virginia

Team name: Cavaliers
Official colors: orange and navy blue

Virginia’s uniform against Penn State on Sept. 8, 2012.

I like some of the elements here. I think the orange and blue go well together in the uniform and the blue stripe on each side of the pants looks good. The white numbers also look good. My problem is the lack of lines and graphics on the uniform. At its core, it is just orange pants and a blue shirt. Also, the orange “V” oval logo on the also orange helmet doesn’t really work because there is no outline distinguishing them from each other.

64. Kansas

Team name: Jayhawks (short for Jayhawkers)
Official colors: blue and crimson

Kansas uniform against Northern Illinois on Sept. 22, 2012.

I like the use of blue through the entire uniform and I give extra points for the word “Jayhawks” written on the sleeve. Unfortunately, I don’t like the lack of red in the jersey and the plain white jersey is a bit boring. The lack of red between the pants and mouth guard makes the color difference very apparent. Some red on the cleats could have helped too. I really like the shiny blue helmets, so that’s a plus.

63. Northwestern

Team name: Wildcats
Official colors: purple and white

Northwestern uniform against Minnesota on Oct. 13, 2012.

I have always liked Northwestern’s uniforms until this version. The school had always done a good job mixing their school’s purple and white with black like here. I’m not liking the boring white jersey and although, I have applauded stripes for other teams, I do not like the 70s retro stripe they have across their chests. The worst part about the stripe is that it stops at the players’ pecs, then begins again on their backs, so when they move their arms, you can see the empty white on the sides of the jerseys. I still absolutely love the purple helmets, though.

62. Illinois

Team name: Fighting Illini
Official colors: orange and navy blue

Illinois uniform against Wisconsin on Oct. 6, 2012

Illinois is wearing a mostly white uniform here, which I am obviously not a big fan of, but there are things I like. The orange stripe segments on the hips are a nice touch but the overall uniform is still a bit tacky. The curved lines going from the collar down the sides of the jersey are also appreciated.

61. Notre Dame

Team name: Fighting Irish
Official colors: blue and gold

Notre Dame uniform against Miami on Oct. 6, 2012.

Risks either bring failure or reward. Notre Dame took a huge risk veering away from their traditional blue jerseys, gold pants and metallic gold helmets. The uniforms brought both positive and negative attention. My Applied Journalism professor, Paula Horvath-Neimeyer, loved them. Unfortunately for Notre Dame, she didn’t write these rankings, and I thought these were hideous. Perhaps I would be more lenient on them if they didn’t have one of the most famous histories and uniforms in college football.

I really don’t like the new helmets here. The simple decision to make the helmet two-thirds one color and one-third another color irks me. Another problem is the metallic gold they chose had strange ripples in it that were glitzy and so different from their usual gold helmets. The blue arm sleeves also don’t seem to be the same shade of blue as the rest of the uniform. The leprechaun graphic on the blue side of the helmet is also very strange and non-traditional, which although admittedly cool, is very different from their traditional look.

College Football Rankings 2012: 61-70/51-60/41-50/31-40/21-30/11-20/1-10

Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments!

-Marty F. Nemec

Advertisements

13 thoughts on “The Top-70 2012 College Football Uniforms: 61-70

  1. What are your thoughts on the Heisman? It seems like all of the frontrunners have struggled at some point…do a blog on that soon! No need to write a #1 for uniforms. Garnet and gold, of course.

  2. Today, my favorite large “meaty” tomato is the Beefmaster.
    In recent years, green living products have become rather sophisticated in terms of
    how they keep your carbon footprint in check or help you and your family conserve water and other resources.
    Anyone who has before already been faced leaving an intoxication related file corruption say too example an all in one DUI and DWI
    are going to consult going to be the informed searching Houston
    DWI lawyers to understand more about assist them to explore allowing
    an individual their scenario.

  3. Greetings from Colorado! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break.

    I really like the info you present here and can’t wait to take a look
    when I get home. I’m surprised at how quick your blog loaded on my phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, good site!

  4. Intagram Followers! Instagram has in excess of one hundred Million end users,
    which is certainly a lot! Now really don’t you wish
    that a few thousands of the 100+ Million end users would comply with you??

    It cant be that difficult to achieve this contemplating the
    mass quantity of consumers that use Instagram.

    That’s why I am instructing you all how to get unrestricted Instagram followers!

    I have designed this exclusive tool which will empower you
    to obtain a mass sum of followers in a limited quantity of time.

    I will be supplying this to the neighborhood out there for every person to use!!
    To get your Instagram Followers, you will require to down load the plan from the url below (virus scan is supplied below)
    When you have downloaded it, you will just need to follow the quick tutorial I
    have made underneath!
    When you have carried out that, you will be 1 phase closer to receiving Countless numbers of Followers!!

  5. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog article
    or vice-versa? My site covers a lot of the same topics as yours
    and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to send me an email.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the way!

    I’m certain all of you below perform Staff Fortress 2, or else you wouldn’t
    be listed here! I also enjoy TF2, and one factor that I
    couldn’t get my head around was gathering all the items!!

    I’v seen some gamers cant even gather most of the things,
    never mind ALL of them!! I was dedicated to receiving all the things, but it appeared
    unattainable, so being an skilled programmer, I received to operate!

    Following hours of tough perform I created, what I
    say 1 of the very best hacks out there! (biased much?!) The device
    that I have created allows you to unlock any of the things you would
    like in TF2!
    I’ts basic truly…
    I was arranging to promote this tool and permit some funds begin rolling in, but i know
    the emotion of not being able to manage it,
    or getting a ‘poor’ man on TF2, so I have made the decision to give this out for totally free to see what people think of it!
    Just go through the tutorial under detailing how to
    receive and use the device!

  6. Such a splendid chart. Despite the very best efforts with the
    World Standard bank the actual twelve-monthly military price range provides often
    depended upon Miley Cyrus naked to a certain extent, nevertheless currently more of which previously.
    Inside gentle of the cost-free industry should be reviewed.
    Machiavellian politics is rife. Usually are the commanders validated inside seeking and preserving politics energy?

    Contrasting worldwide interaction since end from the
    millennium is usually including seeing Miley Cyrus naked at this point, and
    its particular similar from the 1800s.

  7. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your website provided us with helpful helpful and work on .
    You made ​​an impressive job and our whole group can be thankful to you .

    Definitely imagine which you stated . Your favorite reason seemed to be at the web easy thing to bear in mind remember of .
    I tell you , i certainly get annoyed others folks think issues just do not understand about .
    You controlled and also defined everything managed to hit the nail
    on the top no need side effect , people could take a signal.
    Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  8. You really make cod ghosts prestige hack appear so easy with your
    presentation but I in finding this subject be really something
    that I think I’d by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I am having a look forward on your subsequent post ,
    I will attempt to get the hang of it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s