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Five And One — Bowl Edition, Volume Two

Jimmer Vilk’s 5 & 1

Welcome to the Five and One — Special Bowl Edition!

The concept of the 5 & 1 is simple: Jim will pick five good matchups (not necessarily the five best anymore… he will have categories that will change from week to week) and one awful matchup.

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.

Here’s Jimmer with your FINAL 5 & 1: Bowl Edition Part the Second:

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There were so many good matchups in this final list that I had to make some hard choices. One easy choice: I didn’t have to put any tiny-numbered Under Armour jerseys in The Five. Seriously, UA, your New Year’s resolution should be to stop putting child-sized numbers on adult-sized jerseys.

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5. The “I’m Going To Get Yelled At Again But I Don’t Care I Feel Your Pain” Bowl:
Iowa/Kentucky (Music City Bowl)

I chose this matchup over the very orange Orange Bowl after a great deal of anguish, because I wanted to include the best looking mono uniform in college football.

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4. The “Non-Nike” Bowl:
Ohio/Wyoming (Arizona Bowl)

Adidas managed to get these two schools into an otherwise all-Swooshketeer Five.

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3. The “I Love When Purdue Looks Like Purdue” Bowl:
LSU/Purdue (Citrus Bowl)

Some schools can play with their unis *a bit,* but the Boilermakers need to stick to gold/black/gold permanently.

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2. The “Color Palette Special” Bowl:
Tulane/USC (The “Cotton Bowl”)

This would have looked even better in the actual Cotton Bowl.

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1. The “Simply The Best” Bowl:
Kansas State/Alabama (Sugar Bowl)

A classic matchup that’s so sweet, you better brush your teeth after seeing it.

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The &1 Bowl:
Maryland/NC State (Mayo Bowl)

I do like the Terps’ helmets, but everything else needs to be rebooted.

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Hope you enjoyed these lists as much as I enjoyed making them, even if you didn’t agree with my picks. Have a great off-season!

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Thanks, Jim! OK readers? What say you? Agree or disagree with Jimmer’s selections? Let him know!

And please join me in thanking Jim for yet another fantastic season of the “Five and One,” and give him a quick shout in the comments down below! That’ll do it for the College Football 5 & 1 (and we’ll see Jim back here in the fall), but stay tuned during the coming months when Jimmer will have some Five and One’s for other disciplines!

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Comments (18)

    Oh, and I forgot to have Phil tell you, Vilkmas gifts go out this coming week. Finally got everything packaged up and ready to go.

    “the best looking mono uniform in college football”
    We absolutely got walloped but is there a consolation for looking good while doing it?

    If you’re going to lose, do it while looking great, I always say.
    And don’t change anything. Don’t be like the Patriots and Broncos who got better after switching to bad uniforms. Those were just coincidences.

    Oddly enough two of the worst uniforms that always drive me crazy are on here. The GREEN Wave of Tulane with BLUE and Maryland with their continuing love affair with it’s ugly flag.

    As long as blue is the secondary color, I absolutely love it on Tulane. I wouldn’t want them going with just green and white.
    Green helmets, light blue jerseys (with green numbers) and green pants would have been fantastic for this game. The green would be the dominant color, and it would have made for an even better Color Palette Special.

    Ugly flag? That’s just mean, but these helmets don’t help sell the greatest flag in the US.

    I disagree about the Terps helmets. The flag helmets have not aged well. Their throwbacks this year with script Terps and shoulder stripes are their best set and should be permanent. Not a chance under Under Armour probably.

    I’d love to see the flag helmet with the throwback jersey…with the script helmet as an alternate, of course.

    Some schools can play with their unis *a bit,* but the Boilermakers need to stick to gold/black/gold permanently.

    Yes, but Nike does a terrible job with old gold in their uniforms. Note the washed-out color of the pants, which don’t color-match the jersey numbers. Or look at what the Saints wear.

    What are the chances for an occasional 5&1 during baseball season!? Would love Jim’s insights there!

    When pitchers bat, v-neck pullovers return, the Marlins wear teal caps and the White Sox wear white socks, I’ll consider it.
    Never say never… but never.

    They need to adopt the NFL uniform rules in college football. Tired of the half shirt-Half pant, low sock look.

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