PS... BYU should feel lucky they are outfitted by Nike. While Nike has created
a LOT of awful uniforms in college football, they do have the best designs in
college football. The Pro Combat uniforms are incredibly sharp, and BYU should
feel lucky to be in the mix. Hopefully, one of these years Nike will include BYU
in one of their annual Pro Combat projects... and we get to see a flamboyant BYU
uniform (which is just used for one game).As we are with Under
Armour (the worst CFB outfitter), there's no hope that we will see a Pro Combat
uni anytime soon.
I agree the uniform craze in CFB has gone too far. Especially with Oregon.I'm all for awesome unis and keeping the look fresh, but like I said...
it's gone way too far.One of the reasons I have a mild disdain for
Oregon is because of their lame uni combos. Some call them the best unis in
CFB... but I think they're clearly one of the worst.Utah's new
uniforms this year are GREAT! So so so soooooo much better than last year's. I
love the more flat red (as opposed to shiny red), the new and (much) improved
block-style numbers... and the sweet subtle pattern inside the numbers.All I wanted was a uniform that made the U look like a big time school. They
succeeded!While we're on the topic, I give mad props to BYU for
their unis as well. The navy blue/tan experiment was a colossal mistake. The
current look for BYU (navy and white, as opposed to royal blue and white) is the
best they've ever had.
duckhunter, you have no room to talk about program maturity. Try adding a second
undefeated season to your school's history and two BCS games and maybe you can
consider yourself close to Boise's level. Or Utah's. Or TCU's.Regarding this article, I agree with the conference on wearing
blue-on-blue-on-blue. Having unique uniforms doesn't create an unfair advantage,
but wearing ones that lets safeties hide on the field does. Aside from that,
this was one of the most annoying articles I've ever read. We understand that
the traditions and emotional ties that go into the design of uniforms don't mean
anything to you, but if it means something to the school or city and their fans,
then what's the problem? And you're dissing Utah for dedicating a uniform design
to fallen soldiers? Classy.
I offer the following in admiration, not cynicsm.Five ways to
increase revenue are:1. Increase prices2. Find new customers3.
Broaden your customers' product purchases: sell them other products from what
they already buy4. Increase customers' product turnover: replace products
more frequently5. Increase customers' use of your products, teach new uses
If I were Nike's CFO, I'd hammer at Product Management until they
started doing what this article describes.I believe they're hitting
all five revenue raisers: 1. Prices likely increased for the designer-look
artistry now decorating games2. Number of fans buying likely increased for
the fashionable, i.e. street-appealing, looks that now are coordinatable with
more ensemble color schemes3. Teams who bought 2 sets of uniforms now they
buy many more4. With new looks every year, budget-constrained schools --
or sensible, frugal ones -- are under more pressure to replace last years sets
of uniforms. Fashion-slave schools replace more sets of uniforms to accommodate
this year's wardrobe.5. With increased colors, flash and style, each fan
can include them in more outfits.Increased sales not only from
hundreds of college teams but thousands of HS teams and millions of fans.
@clowntownUSC does have good looking uni's. Simple, classic,
traditional. They have the same qualities I like about BYU's, Penn States, Notre
Dames, and other schools that don't have busy, eye abusing, designs.If all schools, oregon expecially, would figure this out, it would be alot
easier to watch some of them play.I for one cannot stand watching
Boise State games where they wear their blue uniforms on that hideous blue turf.
It really puts a strain on my eyes and is visually assaulting. I know the Boise
St. people think it is cool but that is simply because they have not advanced
past the stage of being a novelty and still think they have to present
themselves in in bizarre ways (fits in with all those trick plays they run"
to appear relevant. Hopefully that changes as they mature as a program.
Let BSU be smurfs......who cares? It is unique and quite funny actually! Leave
BSU alone. Man O man?
Sorry Sc's get the nod just about every year. Classic and traditional.
jarka-rus, it's kind of like a business name, if it's in the same state you
should be original enough to use a different shade, and I agree with you on Penn
Boise State should wear all-green uniforms at their conference away games.
Penn States Uni's are still the best in college football, simple and classic.
plyxply | 1:42 p.m. Aug. 12, 2011 Didn't know the Aggies had a
patent on the color blue, but whatever. If that's the case the Aggies should
give back Penn State's blue, they definitely were using it before USU stole
it.I do agree with your point on the Utesie red. not sure how you can't
match the red color with the jersey, maybe they should just go to pink.
it would be great if the zoobs would go back to their Cougar blue instead of
wearing Aggie blue, and if Utah's helmet color actually matched the color of the
rest of their uniforms. Can it really be so hard for Utah to get that right
after all this time? I realize BYU was desperate to look good and that the
original Cougar blue is hideous so they stole the Aggie blue, but come on Utah,
have some lady in the athletic department match it up and get on with things.
Thompson shouldnt be telling his now best team in the conference what they can
and cant do. He should be grateful because he sure messed up the MWC. Besides
that turf, even though it looks goofy, is extremly important to the school,
players, and fans. This really shouldnt be a big deal.
This was a hilarious article. I thought the sardonic tone was spot on and I
could visualize the beefy players sashaying down the runway as the coach
introduces the new fall line. There's a lot of talk these days of
sports brands. Well, if you're going to develop or keep a brand the best way to
do it visually is keep things consistent for a while so people get to know with
what they're associating. Keep It Simple Stupid.
I too really enjoy the Ute "black out" uniforms. I think last years
TCU came is a wonderful example of just how cool they really are. I would
suggest that the Utes strongly consider them for every future home game.
Duckhunter I was totally thinking about the ugly bib uniforms when I
read this article too! I also thought, just like DEW Cougars, that perhaps the
ugly blue turf is what should be banned.
Weak article. It's all about 'swag' and making some extra money.Also, green jerseys on a green field is NOT the same as blue jerseys on
a blue field; that is a weak argument in my opinion.I wonder if
Boise State is regretting going to the MWC? I know I wouldn't be happy about
playing on the mtn instead of ESPN and being told what jerseys I can and cannot
Utes need to match the uniform to the Crimson helmet.
I like the blue and red turf. Makes things different. Some people just like
to complain, but I think it looks awesome. I hate how the MWC is
making them not wear all blue uniforms. It's home field advantage, you can do
what you want! Is it fair that Penn State's fans wear all white? Is it fair
Texas A&M writes Home of the 12th Man on their stadium? Is it fair that
Wyoming fans come to the game drunk and curse and swear the whole game? It's
home court advantage and I think teams should be able to do whatever they want
as long as it's reasonable. A lot of it has to do with getting in the mind of
the opponent. If blue or red makes you blend into the turf, then way to go for
being so smart as to increase your home field advantage.That being
said, it's how good of a program you are that wins games, and not the color of
When I heard about the complaints about BSU's uniforms, I wondered if CSU was
similarly going to be prevented by the league from wearing green pants and
jerseys on home or away fields, since that would give them a similar
I was really glad when BYU dropped the Gary Crowton era blue, white, and tan
uni's with the horrific "bib" and the lame dark helmet. Going back to
a much simpler blue and white uniform with the white helmet and minimal
adornment on the uni is much better in my opinion.I actually agree
with naval vet on utah's once a year "black out" uni, I think that uni
is pretty cool looking although it would lose its coolness if it was an every
game thing. I also like the red jersey black pants look utah has. The red really
pops out, they just need to change the weird looking helmet color. But all of those uniform looks for both teams are pretty simple looks, not a
bunch of weird designs or contrasting colors. Just straight forward, simple
"Ahh, poor Coach Petersen...welcome to life in the MWC and having to deal
with Commissioner Thompson."And now the rest of the conference
can't blame it on BYU.
In addition to fashion, college football has another big thing in common with
figure skating (and diving, and gymnastics, etc): its champion is determined by
judges and computers.
"then got routed like the Republic Guard?"The Iraqi
military organization was known as the Republican Guard.What the
author of the piece failed to note is that College Sports is first and foremost
a business. The purpose of the multicolored clothing options is primarily to
sell jerseys and to also attract recruits. People (especially younger people)
crave novelty. If there are more color options for jerseys, then some people
might buy more jerseys. More sold replica jerseys equals more money and more
walking (self-paid) for billboards advertising for your university. Get it?
I'm not a big fan of all these elaborate uniform schemes either. I love our
"Blackout" unis as a once-a-year fan-favorite gimmick [but HATE the
Pro Combat version], but would prefer Utah went back to a more classic style
like the one's we wore during our '93 and '94 seasons with the drum and feather
on the sleeves.I would also like to see Utah finally drop the
"Scarlet" and go "Crimson" since THAT is our official school
color. And because "Crimson" looks better.Go Utes!
What needs to go is the Smurf Turf, not the uniforms. You've hit the big time
Boise State because of your play, you don't need blue turf to get people's
if the blue on blue makes them invisible why has no one ever complained about
teams that wear green on a green field?
Or get rid of their blue smurf turf. Same with E Wash red smurf which is eye
"The Mountain West Conference recently announced that the Broncos cannot
wear their all-blue uniforms for league home games opposing coaches think it
makes them, ahem, invisible on their blue turf field, especially while scouting
film. "What we had heard from our coaches is 'a competitive
advantage,' " said commissioner Craig Thompson.Boise
State coach Chris Petersen was upset that his team can't wear one of the
Broncos' favorite gridiron ensembles. "I thought it was ridiculous,"
he said."Ahh, poor Coach Petersen...welcome to life in the MWC
and having to deal with Commissioner Thompson. Good luck, Coach!I am SO glad both BYU and Utah never have to deal with that stuff
BYU has a couple games scheduled @ BSU in the near future. Given the fashion
option, the cougars should wear blue jerseys and helmets, with black
lettering/numbering on both. I don't think BSU would mind- fair's fair right?