By Phil Hecken and the SMUW Crew
Folks, I’m gonna be honest with you: yesterday for me was incredibly full, so much so I was barely able to watch any football, I barely had time to check e-mail, and I wasn’t on social media at all. Thankfully, the SMUW crew always steps things up, and I even had to swap ticker duty with Jamie (thanks buddy), who filled in admirably. So I’ll be brief.
Looking at the uni tracking, it appears a bunch of teams decided week six would be a good time to go BFBS (there were also several teams who wear black as a school color that went mono black). All fine and good. But the one who stood out to me was Rutgers, who wore a special bfbs getup that includes the pretty cool helmet seen above, which contained a logo of the State of New Jersey.
Rutgers wore a bfbs outfit against an all white clad Illini. From a pure aesthetic standpoint, it was a pretty nice looking matchup. Rutgers has gone bfbs before, but that was in the old adidas tire tread template. They got a refreshed look this year, with the northwestern striping on the shoulder caps and (partially) down the pants. I kinda like it. Certainly a better bfbs look than they had under Nike. But for the love of all that is holy, if one thing rubs me the wrong way, it’s teams with a COLOR in their name not wearing said color (yes, the SCARLET Knights did have scarlet affects — and there are those who will argue that it’s an official color and it’s kinda the inverse of wearing white, which is not an official school color). And Rutgers wasn’t even the only team with a color in its name to go bfbs yesterday. Sigh.
But I did like that helmet Rutgers wore.
OK, here’s TJ with your…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
• Good on BYU for wearing the royal blues against navy-and (mostly) white Utah State. Speaking of which, Christopher Ross sends this in: “I was at a bar in the Washington DC metro area and the tv settings made BYU appear as if they were wearing Kelly green jerseys.”
• Louisville wore all-black against all-white Georgia Tech. Appropriate, since GT blacked out Louisville 66-31. Or would this be a case of white-out?
• Speaking of black and white, Rutgers wore NJ decals on their helmets (the good) with BFBS costumes (the bad) against Illinois, who wore all-white (they actually decent?). Rutgers was reported to have gone in the same time-out corner as Louisville did after the loss.
• I guess you can say that Sooners QB Austin Kendall doesn’t have his head on straight (h/t to Craig Pritchard). Oklahoma’s helmet glitches didn’t stop there, as one of the Sooners was apparently missing a helmet bolt? P/C to Jeff Moulden: “Looks like this Oklahoma Player has a facemask hook that is missing a bolt. That can’t be safe.”
• Pitt wore their incredibly-rad throwbacks against Syracuse. Also, L.J. Sparvero sends this in: “Was watching Pitt vs Syracuse today, and this caught my eye (two frames attached). On a field goal try for Pitt, #87 had NNOB (the rest of the players do, sweet throwbacks!). I captured a few frames to be sure, and his helmet # was actually 59. Pitt has an offensive lineman #59 (Carson van Lynn) and defensive lineman #87 (Habakkuk Baldonado) on the online roster. I’m guessing by the helmet this was actually #59 (Carson van Lynn) with a #87 jersey for special teams, maybe he lines up as an eligible receiver, hence the number. No offensive player normally wears #87. Just a little curious this combination.”
• Temple wore not-so-rad white/grey/white at home against East Carolina.
• The Stanford Black wore… well, know the drill by this point.
• Akron wore 1976 throwback decals against Miami (OH). Better look here.
• Just when you thought Rice’s uniforms couldn’t get any worse (best image I could find, unfortunately)
• It’s hard to tell in game shots, but UCF wore camo decals on their helmets. This also gives us a great shot of The American Athletic Conference’s Pow6rful Minds helmet decal that all AAC teams wore over the weekend.
• West Virginia wore all-gold against Kansas, which was VIBRANT, to say the least.
• Baylor felt compelled to wear mono-grey against Kansas State –you guessed it– AT HOME.
• Remember when I mentioned the throwback decal that UMass wore last year against the Ohio Bobcats last week? The Minutemen wore retro-themed helmets with the 1993-2002 decal against South Florida yesterday (white facemask instead of the original dark red, however).
• Pinktober is alive in Starkville, as Mississippi State wore
magenta pink socks against Auburn.
• Pitt, Akron, and UMass were not alone in the Vintage flair yesterday, as Texas A&M wore throwback
Nike uniforms in their game against Kentucky.
• Yet another FCS post, but this one is basically annual at this point: Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin played in the annual Battle of the Piney Woods, which is always a visual delight.
• Every time I watch Nebraska and Wisconsin play, I can’t help but to think of this.
Thanks TJ! OK, now on to the rest of your Saturday Morning Uni Watch. Don’t forget to follow TJ on the twitter and send him your tips and observations each Saturday!
Joe Ringham’s 5 & 1
Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, and Catherine Ryan after him, Joe Ringham returns for 2018 to make his “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups. Sometimes he’ll have some “honorable mentions” and sometimes there will be more than one “bad” game. You may agree and you may disagree — these are, after all, just opinions and everyone has one. Feel free to let him know what you think in the comments section.
Good Sunday, everyone! Let’s get right to the first list of October…
5) North Dakota State at Northern Iowa — We go to the FCS to start this week, and a game that looked too damn good for me not to put on the list. Always have been a fan of the gold/white/green road look of the Bison and here it looks great against the purple/purple/black of UNI at home. Not a bad looking game in Cedar Falls, if I do say so myself.
4) Navy at Air Force — Saw this on the schedule Saturday morning and immediately knew it would be on here. The gold/white/navy of the Midshipmen on the road looked excellent matched up against the white/blue/white of Air Force. A sharp-looking game to between two service academies.
3) Maryland at Michigan — If you’ve followed along on here, you know how much I love Michigan’s home unis. But, the real reason this one is on the list is how they match up against the state flag/white/red of the Terps. Looks quite bright and excellent to the eyes, and makes for a fine looking game in the Big House.
2) Kentucky at Texas A&M — When I heard that A&M was throwing it back to 1998 with the unis this week, that made me pay attention to this game. Damn, did they look good, especially against the white/white/blue of Kentucky on the road. Quite the looker of a game.
1) Syracuse at Pittsburgh — Speaking of throwbacks, seeing Pitt in theirs this week immediately piqued my interest in this game. As always, they looked fantastic, and matched up so very excellently against the orange/white/navy of Syracuse. A worthy choice for the top spot this week.
+1) Kansas at West Virginia — As certain as the sun rising in the east, a game with a team going mono-gold gets put on the bad side of the list. Knew it as soon as I saw it on television. Just not a good look for WVU.
Enjoy the first football Sunday of October, and I’ll see you back here next week!
Thanks Joe! You can follow Joe on the Twitter and let him know what you think of his choices or make a 5 & 1 suggestion of your own!
NCAA Uni Tracking
Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. All of the 2017 trackers are back!
We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the B1G AND the SEC). Rex, Dennis, and Kyle and are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is back after joining the NCAA Uni Tracking a couple seasons ago. Ethan continues his dual role of tracking both the B1G and the SEC.
Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences:
Rex is up first today (ACC):
Follow Rex on Twitter here.
And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:
Follow Dennis on Twitter here.
And here is Ethan, with the SEC:
And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.
Follow Ethan on Twitter here.
And here is Kyle with the Big XII:
Follow Kyle on Twitter here.
And here’s Ethan with the B1G:
Price drop!: Paul here, with some news that could save you some bucks. We’ve decided to cut the price of the Uni Watch flex-fit alternate cap from $29.99 to $24.99. You can order yours here.
And while we’re at it, all fitted sizes of the Uni Watch classic cap, available exclusively from Ebbets Field Flannels, are back in stock — and Ebbets is currently offering a site-wide 20% discount. Get yours here.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled PhilFest.
By Jamie Rathjen
Baseball News: Reader Steven Lobejko says he’s never seen the logo on this Twins pennant, even though he’s a huge fan of the team and a native Minnesotan. … Two saxophonists in Troy, N.Y., were dressed as members of the NL’s 1879-1882 incarnation of the Troy Trojans (from @molemanfilms)
Football News: The Bengals are wearing their orange alternates today (from Josh Hinton).
Hockey News: Here’s the patches worn by the Oilers and Devils for their season-opening games in Gothenburg, Sweden (from James Beattie). … The OHL’s Kitchener Rangers wore special jerseys for the 50th anniversary of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest (from Wade Heidt). … The AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms opened the season wearing a fifth anniversary logo. … New yellow/gold jerseys for Minnesota State (from Paul Allan and Mark Wellner).
Soccer News: In England, there was a rather bizarre claret-vs.-red matchup between Aston Villa and Bristol City’s under-23 teams Friday night. Additionally, it may look like Championship team Villa were wearing the Premier League sleeve patch, but it’s really the logo for the Premier League 2 under-23 competition, which includes some teams from lower divisions. … Everton center-back Michael Keane suffered a head injury in August and now sports a giant head bandage for the time being (from Mark Coale). … Reader Brent Von Kanel sent us the logo for his son’s youth soccer team, the Thunder Hippos.
Grab Bag: New first- (left) and second-choice shirts, which are more or less the same color, for Ireland’s rugby union teams, as well as a second-choice shirt for Italy. … Each week, a different member of North Carolina’s women’s golf team is to use a special bag honoring a fallen soldier (from James Gilbert). … NATO is attempting to get more women to enlist in Afghanistan’s uniformed services (NYT link), despite the risks that come with participating (thanks, Paul).
Time for some college uni tracking Canadian rules style! For the football where 4th down does not exist.
Canada West conference teams are all on a bye this weekend during Canadian Thanksgiving. Yet still the standings and win-loss records changed? Yep – Regina Rams record managed to change from 3-2 to 0-5 after discovery of the use of an ineligible player. The 3 wins forfeited:
So doing something different. Will look at the Thursday and Friday games back east in the Ontario conference.
-Ottawa Gee-Gees went white over garnet on the road. Toronto Varsity Blues went mono-navy:
-Western Ontario Mustangs went BFBS and wore their purple helmets with the chrome mustang logo. Windsor Lancers went yellow/white/yellow while in London.
-McMaster Marauders went mono-maroon at home in Hamilton. Queen’s Gaels wore their usual mono-yellow, done regularly both at home and on the road.
-Carleton Ravens went mono-black at home in Ottawa. Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks went white/yellow/white:
Bonus: Let’s thrown in the Atlantic conference game on Friday in Wolfville, NS. Just because it was the X-Men at the Axemen! St. Francis Xavier X-Men went white over navy. Acadia Axemen went red over dark grey pants:
Nice to see some of the other conferences this week, Wade!
…though, as a Laurier grad I am compelled to point out that it is “Wilfrid”, not “Wilfred”.
Re: Lehigh Valley Phantoms wearing “older” jersey cut. If that is in reference to the hemline, the AHL teams are wearing CCM jerseys. That is the cut for all current AHL jerseys.
In this case, nothing about the picture struck me as odd, so I guess I was right about that, but I wasn’t 100 percent sure what the submitter was referring to.
Sorry. Removed from Ticker.
1993-2002, not 1993-1992. My bad
In relation to that Twins Pennant I have literally seen that exact logo on another Pennant in a Cleveland bar (I live about an hour south) next time I’m up that way I’ll snag a picture.
As soon as I saw what West Virginia was wearing yesterday, I knew they were going to be the &1 today. Hey, at least you’re consistent!
I’m surprised East Carolina’s crossbone patches down their pants doesn’t get more attention. It’s a little much, definitely different and I can’t lie but I’m a fan. I like their whole uni this week. It’s definitely in your face and far from traditional. But, I think it works. Eco being a small team and their mascot is a pirate so being loud and in your face works. There logo is sweet also. Ok I’m done fawning over the unis. Anyways their logo still doesn’t hold a candle to the WSU coug head logo. Best logo in CFB. Easily. GO COUGS!
I was holding out hope for Cuse and Pitt to make the &1 today. The bright Pitt colors and Cuse’s dark stood out too much to me, and looked like an FCS game.
I see Pitt is still rocking the bike shorts and untucked undershirts. Figured enforcement of the new rules would start slacking off.
Royal and yellow is a criminally underused combo. When Pitt wears the throwback it’s maybe the best uni in all of college football. Just wear these full time and be done with it.
Texas A & M looked jarringly good in the 1998 uni’s. Such a simple combo that works so much better than their modern clown suits.
Ok I LOVE the Titans dark helmets, white jersey and light blue pants … does that look good on tv… wow
Yes, WVU’s mono-yellow makes the eyes sore, but the Temples outfit yesterday was the biggest eyesore I’ve seen this year. Grey jerseys over their regular white pants?!? It might have worked their rd or black pants.
Word is the awesome Pitt throwbacks may become the awesome Pitt regular unis, at least that’s the vibe the AD gave in an interview this week. The university opened their “Pitt Studios” which is in conjunction with the ACC Network launch next year. It’s in the royal/gold motif and the AD herself wore a royal bubble jacket too (although it might have had something to do with all fall teams wearing throwback colors for what they deemed “retro weekend”).
I too noticed the player with no NOB, however on the views of the screen I saw there appeared to be what looking like lettering that was the same color royal. I was looking to see if there was a replay of the game on ESPNU but alas, no luck.
In other Pittsburgh sports uni-news, the Riverhounds (USL soccer) went full on pink-tober with socks and goal netting. Some players had pink numbers but I’m not sure if they changed jerseys at the half or what, because it doesn’t appear from this shot below.
Texas A&M had old-school Bowl Championship Series decals on the backs of their helmets. Can’t find a picture of it