Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week 3: Sept. 16, 2017

Relatively standard week in the Pac-12 this week. Most every team used standard uniforms, with the exception of Utah which had a special helmet with Native American designs on it. Another noteworthy set was ASU which used its base maroon/gold set for the third time in a  row, but this was notable because they wore color on the road this week.  Honestly this week represented an almost perfect combo for most teams, with Oregon going back to basics, and Arizona and WSU going mono. WSU uses gray as good as any team in the Pac, since gray is an official color. And the all-white set for Arizona is one crispest combos.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week 2: Sept. 9, 2017

Mostly quiet on the wacky uniform front in the Pac-12 EXCEPT for the whole state of Oregon which went Gray/Silver. The Ducks pulled out their special uniforms designed by childhood cancer patients. This included a reprise of the chrome winged helmet and an all white uni highlighted by neon yellow and silvery gray. The Beavers went darker gray and black.

Colorado also went gray, but gray (silver) is a school color and it paired well with a  crisp white helmet and pants.  All others were pretty standard uniforms. WazZu and Utah went mono red, while ASU had retro logo helmet and Arizona went red chrome.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 1: Aug. 26-Sept. 3, 2017

We had 13 Pac-12 games in the last 10 days, with Oregon State playing twice while all the rest played once.

Week 0-1, 2017

If there was a trend so far this season it is simplicity! Multiple teams officially revamped over the summer and all went for less bells and whistles and more traditional designs. That is except Arizona, which traded some oddball numbers and shoulder gradients for even odder numbers and different shoulder gradients.

Cal, on the road was very nice looking in its blue and white, with some new striping elements that will define them this season.

Even Oregon went for a repeat (basically) of a fan-loved apple green/lemon yellow ensemble. The jersey is from the game where they imitated the mascot and the pants and helmet are pretty much the same as many last year. But week two will provide the Ducks with a  childhood cancer fundraiser uniform that brings out the dreaded white, silver, highlighter that almost never provides a win on the big stage!?

The Beavers doubled down on the mono-uniforms in two games. Pretty much no change from last year.

Stanford, is well, Stanford. Nothing to see here. Same for UW.

WSU got rid of most odd piping, stripes, and doodads and was nice in scarlet and gray!

Arizona, even with funky new font, looked really good in its white helmets and pants.

ASU, Colorado and USC seemed to pull out the best from last year.

UCLA simplified and made its signature blue cleaner and the numbers and shoulder loop less futuristic.

Utah, like Cal, is showcasing a new "stripe" and got rid of the mountains on the sleeves.

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