Monday, April 17, 2017

What will 2017-18 be like?

The Oregonian reported today that the Ducks are going to be more traditional next fall:

"We're going to try to stick to more traditional colors this year," Kenny Farr, UO's football equipment administrator, said last week after a spring football practice. "Trying to kind of simplify a few things but still keep it modern and keep it looking really good."

See the full Andrew Greif article here:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Bowl season 2016-17

Being that the teams that made it to a bowl were mostly the traditional ones, the uniform combos were not as alternative as in past years. No Oregon or ASU meant that the only team to give us anything remotely interesting was Utah with it mono-red look and subtly red-on-red helmet. This was similar to week 2, but the helmet was a new variation.  All other teams reused a combo from some time during the year. WSU redid week 7, but I'm not completely sure which shade of gray they used since they have several!

Looking back at 2016-17

The Pac-12 ended its season with USC in the Rose Bowl, but this past season saw some new faces in the spotlight and some established teams on the fade.

With Oregon's fall from the top of the Pac-12, came a change in the veracity of its uniform reveals. At the beginning of the season, when its record was still respectable, it had several specialty and alternate uniforms. But as losses mounted, the uniforms began to calm and each week brought much more normal and sedate choices.

The stalwart traditionalists stayed the same: UW, USC, and Stanford pretty much stuck with home and away sets. UCLA—a uniform maven last year—also regressed like Oregon to a more normal rotation. Cal felt boring, but when I tallied their sets, it came to seven separate combos!

People love to lambast Oregon for its uniforms, but the mountain schools have taken over that mantle! Arizona made great use of normal colors mixed and matched, with one real nice alternate USS Arizona uniform. ASU went off the rails with all kinds of wacky helmets and color schemes this year.

But, the winner for number of combos is Utah. They only went with one throwback uniform and several special helmets, but made varied use of their red, white and black, with three mono-color schemes as well.

WSU and Colorado (the win cinderella's this year) pretty much stuck to several colors that they mixed and matched to nice affect.

"Pink-tober" and "GI-Joe-vember" were almost—thankfully—absent!

Here's my tally of regular season uniform combos* (12 games)

*not counting different helmet decals (looking at you Oregon!) if that was only difference. Not counting bowls or championship since all teams did not play in one.

Fashion mavens (how many variations can you have?):

  • Utah: 12 (one throwback and one handprinted helmet)
  • Oregon State: 11 (12 if you count the Men of Roses being slightly different than Civil War)
  • Arizona State: 11 (Oh so close to all different. Gold/crimson/gold got reused with sparky decal)
  • Arizona: 11 (three different mono-colored sets and repeated red/red/white once)
  • Oregon: 10 (11 if you count a different decal. Shocking that Oregon reused two sets this year!)
  • Colorado: 10 (Reused their classic gold/black/gold 3 times)

Mix & match (a few pants, jerseys and hats add up quick):

  • Washington State: 7 (They repeated 5 combos twice, and made appropriate use of several shades of gray)
  • Cal: 7 (with a rare gold jersey and gray-out, they had more combos of blue, gold and white than met the eye)

Stalwart traditionalists (home and road, what else do you need?):

  • UCLA: 3 (home, road and they did got navy-out once)
  • Stanford: 3 (home, road and they did got black-out once)
  • Washington: 3 (home, road and they did got black-out once)
  • USC: 2

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pac-12 Championship: Dec. 2, 2016

With two new participants in the Championship game, we get to see something other than Oregon, Stanford or USC/Arizona schools.

At first I was wondering how this might shake down since both UW and CU use gold in their uniform sets and have gold primary helmets and pants. Colorado, being the "Road" team chose to go "whiteout," which makes it easier on the eyes, with Washington's "purple reign" set.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Week 13: November 26, 2016

A pretty normal week for the Pac 12. Cal did come out with gold jerseys for the first time in 2 seasons. ASU went gray/white against a full-on-red uniform.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week 12: November 19, 2016

This week was one of the least "unique" weeks in the Pac-12. Nobody came out with an alt uniform and even the Ducks wore something from 2 weeks ago!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week 11: November 12, 2016

With it being Veteran's Day weekend, the Pac 12 came out with a  decent amount of Red, White and Black! (Apparently for the Military). Two of the usually stalwart-traditional teams dressed in alternate uniforms that supposedly honor the troops.

Washington did a blackout with a flag W on the helmet. UCLA pulled a similar flag logo, but used all blue for their uniforms and the helmet appears to use the dark navy blue that they sometime use as an accent color. The royal blue uniform does not appear to be a color that they have used in the recent past. While I love flags, I personally find using the flag as a "pattern fill" for complex logos like UCLA to be really graphically annoying.  It takes an already hard to discern visual and makes it impossible.

And then the teams that were not overtly military seem to be sticking to their red/white uniforms: Arizona, Utah, Stanford and WSU all went for the most red and white versions of their livery.

ASU did a Blackout like Washington, but nothing in the uniform was specifically military.

Cal went light gray.