10 Fashion Trends of College Football
As the season prolongs and the weeks go by, more and more attention is played not to the performance of the players, rather his appearance. Each team constantly seeks to outdo the next, so I’ve conducted 10 common trends that you may notice this college football season.
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1) The Over-usage of Black
Since when have teams including Washington, Florida State, Virginia Tech or Stanford ever dawned black as a school color? The thought of a student section ‘blackout’ as they are referred to, must be quite appealing, because it seems that nowadays the college teams without a black jersey form the minority. Don’t get me wrong: initially when teams came out of the tunnel wearing black jerseys it got my juices flowing but now I find myself hoping that Nike, the uniform fashion catalyst, stays away from ‘the dark side’ for a while. I totally understand that many schools are retreated to a black alternate uni in order to appeal to recruits, but couldn’t they have come up with something new? So when you see you eventually find your favorite team sporting black jerseys, refrain from celebrating, your team is just joining the rest of the colleges who feel the urge to implement a non-school color in hopes of landing a five-star recruit.
2) Animalizing of the Uniform
As if it isn’t enough to have you mascot brought to life and attempt to dougie on the sidelines or engage in a medley of push-ups after each score, teams recently have decided to incorporate their animal mascot into their uniform. When beginning to write the article I aimed at avoiding Oregon citing since they can’t manage to let any other school claim a concept without perfecting it and calling it their own, but since I must give credit where credit is due, I am forced to mention those good ole’ folks up in Eugene. While technically both Colorado and Colorado State have been sporting horns representing each schools wild mascots, the Ducks recently sparked the trend when they unveiled a wide array of flashy uniforms that included wings on the shoulders, but now the idea of incorporating the school’s animal mascot has spread to TCU, Maryland, Florida, Cincinnati, Baylor, and Cal. A past TCU Nike Pro Combat jersey featured helmet that’s pattern resembled that of a Horned frogs’ skin, both Baylor and Cincinnati’s uniforms incorporate bear-claw scratches on their pant legs, and even Cal Berkley’s uniform includes a helmet stripe stopped abruptly by a bear scratch. Both Maryland and Florida took things to a whole level as the basis of each school’s jersey was formed around the texture of the animal’s skin, as both the Gators and Terrapin’s jerseys featured scales. The uniforms listed are neat and have done the trend justice, I just hope we stop before Alabama or Arkansas runs out of the tunnel with tusks involved!
3) Monochrome Get-ups
It seems as if differentiating top/bottom combinations are a thing of the past, because new uniforms focusing more on a monochromatic scheme than dissimilar colors. A prime example of my theory is as follows: old schools such as Notre Dame and Michigan always wear a different color pant than jersey while newer uniforms such as Boise State’s and LSU’s Nike Pro Combat jerseys sport the same tint throughout the entire outfit. For now on when watching college football games, pay attention to the older team’s pattern compared to the more modern squad’s look.
4) Matte Helmets
Maybe the super vivid HD or 3D TVs are making regular helmets look that much shinier, because there has been a major tendency for teams to sport matte (non-shiny) helmets. Originally worn as a part of their Nike Pro Combat package, Missouri topped their uniform with a matte black helmet, with Oregon State later mimicking the fashion. More recently teams such as Mississippi State and Maryland are wearing the non-glossy helmets as part as their usual game-day attire… love the concept and the overall look!
5) Fading Colors With all these outrageous uniforms and design, what the heck, why not fade some colors? Check out how teams such as Maryland (not talking about these whacky things), Virginia Tech and Arizona have used fading whether it is in the numbers or on the helmet. Look out for changing of color or straight-up vanishing designs by fading this college football season!
6) Un-needed Camouflage
Army is one thing; random teams such as South Carolina, Texas Tech, and Utah are another. Now I understand that these uniforms are for a good cause, The Wounded Warriors Project, so I’ll let it slide…as long as we all agree that no school rocks camo like the Black Knights of the Hudson! Whether you happen to tune in to an occasional Army football game on TV or stumble upon a school honoring the Wounded Warriors, look closely for camo this fall!
7) Logo-revealing Gloves Enough already with these gloves! Just like the black uniforms, these were cool the first 99 times I saw them, but now that every team has them, they’re flat out pedestrian. Don’t take any pride in the fact that your team’s receiver put him hands together to form you school’s logo or emblem after scoring, it’s really nothing new! PS-I must not be the only person annoyed with these gimmicky gloves, referees around the nation have started handing out 15-yard penalties for the display of them after a touchdown!
8) The Addition of Undershirts as Part of the Uniform
Although they haven’t caught wild yet, the use of skin-tight shirts underneath the jersey have started to become more incorporated. Starting with Oregon State’s use, the practice has been used more widely with schools such as Michigan and Florida State.
9) Implementation of Slogans
A small and subtle yet stylish new tidbit of the more modern football uniforms are the use of the school’s personal slogans etched onto the outfit. Check out the back of Miami’s helmet: it reads “THE U”, and Louisville’s jersey includes “THE VILLE”. These small additions really appeal to the die-hard fans across the college football landscape.
10) No Names
I don’t mind names on the back of jerseys and I certainly don’t mind no names…but what I do mind is either adjectives or team names across the players’ backs. Since I have a soft spot for the academies I’ll give them a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card on this one, but I am sick of seeing non-military schools have adjectives such as courage or honor on the back the jersey. Also why the need for the mascot written, don’t we all know what you call yourselves?
And there ya’ have it, the 10 trending looks in College Football uniforms. Feel free to comment and tell others to check it out!