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Sunday Morning Bowl Watch (Part IV)

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Good morning Uni Watchers, and welcome to the final installment of your Sunday Morning Uni Watch. Yes, I realize it’s not Sunday and there were no College Bowl games played since last Monday, but the calendar is what it is. It has been a fun journey, bringing you almost all of the college uni-action since September of last year, and we still have one game to go (The Natty, which will be played this coming Monday evening), but this will close the books on another fantastic season of SMUW. Please join me in expressing your thanks down below in the comments to the entire SMUW crew: Terry Duroncelet, Jr., Jimmer Vilk, Wade Heidt (who provided us with some great Canadian University Uni Watching), Rex Henry, Dennis Bolt, Ethan Dimitroff and James Hill (who made his debut this season tracking the B1G Conference). All these folks have gone above and beyond and done a fantastic job, once again, this season. Thanks Guys!!!

Now then.

Monday featured four bowls, including the Granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, which featured the Utah Utes and Penn State Nittany Lions (seen in today’s splash). What a fantastic matchup it was — Utah broke out their home throwbacks, and Penn State (whether you love their minimalist unis or not) in their classic road whites. Actually all four games were pretty much eye candy, and the Rose was no exception. TJ will have all the deets on the unis, but the one thing which disappointed me, looks-wise, was no fault of the teams. It was the weather. Much of the west coast has been in the midst of some unseasonably wet weather of late, and because it was a mostly overcast day, we were deprived of our usual delicious sunset that often occurs during the second half of the game. Instead, cool and cloudy/overcast skies were the soup du jour.

Still, Monday’s games gave us four of the best uni matchups of the entire Bowl season, and it was a great way to close things out. And now, for the last time this season, here’s TJ with your…

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Sunday Morning Bowl Watch
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

Happy New Year! Before we begin, a couple of notes: first off, I was reading the previous column, and one thing that I noticed from this pic was that there seemed to be an extra V-shaped seam underneath the collar, going across the chest. So I pulled the biggest images I could find of the Dawgs/THE game from last Saturday, and sure enough: all of the Nike teams are using a “new” template. From the look of things, it seems to be the same template that Oregon has been using for at least the last 2 years or so (although the ventileated “V-points” at the base of the collars are different: more of a grill pattern on the new ones). Maybe they’re finally gonna roll this out for widespread usage for 2023? I’m all for progression in tailoring and templates, but it’ll be a shame, since I like the minimal seam look of the current/outgoing?? template. Secondly, I totally missed the most important part of last Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl tilt between Michigan and TCU: Robert Griffin III turning into The Flash after getting word that his wife was going into labor. Congrats! Also, as a menswear stylist, this is EXACTLY why getting the right fit for your suit is CRUCIAL. Imagine trying to pull a Sonic the Hedgehog in THIS (image on the left). Anywho, onto the vibes for 2023.

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From Monday, January 2nd, 2023
|Illinois vs Miss State|

This was an emotional one for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (I think writing their full name here would be weird in terms of flow, and kind of in poor taste, given the situation), who are playing their first game since coach Mike Leach’s passing on November 30th, almost a week after their Egg Bowl victory over Ole Miss. They wore maroon helmets and jerseys with grey pants, and of course, they tipped the hat to their coach with this memorial decal (closer look, with thanks to none other than Blaise D’Sylva). They faced off against the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Fighting Illini, who wore orange helmets, with white jerseys and pants. Bulldogs: you done good.

|Purdue vs LSU|

They really didn’t think that bowl game logo through very well, huh? Or maybe they did. I dunno, it’s a dumb-looking logo either way. But that’s neither here nor there. This matchup features the Boilermakers of Purdue University, who wore gold helmets and pants, with black jerseys. They squared off against –say it with me now– the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College Tigers in the one uniform that they wear probably 87%-92% of the time (save for the occasional white lid/trou look, or the purple tops). No-nonsense looks from both teams, although Purdue may have a different opinion on the score.

🐑USC vs Tulane🐑

A real L.A. vs LA affair, ain’t it? On one end of the ball, we have the University of Southern California Trojans in The Classics, and the Green Wave of the Tulane University of Louisiana (never knew that was their legal name until recently) in green helmets and pants, with white jerseys. A visual delight that would have only been made better if Tulane had gone with the blue jerseys. I also caught this fun little bit of number play: 6 vs 6, 4 vs 4. In honor of one of my all-time favorite bands, Animals As Leaders, I’m calling this one “Wave of Babies“, because Tulane has the Trojans absolutely BAWLING right now.

🌹Utah vs Penn State🌹

How’s this for “100 years later“? What better way to close out the bowl season than with TGOTA? Partaking in their 5th Rose Bowl tilt in the last literal 100 years are The Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions in the classic all-whites, accented by that satisfying ad-free jersey patch. They shared these historic walls –and the playing field therein– with the University of Utah Utes, who wore their retro-themed red helmets and jerseys with white pants. The helmets featured a rose-inclusive UU decal, and was very much an inversion of what they wore in last year’s bout. What more could you ask for in this game? In honor of Nittany Lions Quarterback Sean Clifford’s gold star performance to cap off an illustrious career at Penn State (and for the 100th anniversary of PSU’s first dance), I’m calling this one “100 Percent”, because apart from having damn-near every Penn State QB record (including this game, which landed him the most Wins by any PSU QB in school history), all we ever want from this game –regardless of the teams– is for both squads to give it their all. And they certainly did.

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Some of you might have noticed that I got to naming the New Year’s Six games (an idea that I picked up from Adventures in Arcadia (of “Roll for Sandwich” fame). So far, we have:

• 🍊Tennessee vs Clemson🍊, a.k.a. “Orange SOREbet”

• 🍭Alabama vs Kansas State🍭, a.k.a. “The Bama Berry Parfait”

• 🔆Michigan vs TCU🔆, a.k.a. “Contrast Matters: New Year’s Six Edition”

• 🍑Georgia vs Ohio State🍑, a.k.a. “REDBUM”

• 🐑USC vs Tulane🐑, a.k.a. “Wave of Babies”

• 🌹Utah vs Penn State🌹, a.k.a. “100 Percent”

This is quite guerilla, so the ranking system is… NONEXISTENT, I’m just going by what I look for in a perfect-looking game. In the future, I’d love to elaborate on how I rank games visually, but for now, here’s the Quick ‘n’ Dirty:

“For the Memes”: Tennessee/Clemson. The only game that you’d want to take full advantage of your team colors and go all the way to 11.

“Doesn’t Quite Hit”: Georgia/Ohio State. If this was the Rose, this would tie with Tenn/Clamp, but here, it’s just… OKAY.

“Simple, but Effective”: TIE between Alabama/K-State, and Utah/Penn State. The former reinforces how well reds and purples look together in the right contexts. The latter speaks for itself.

“Pleasant Surprise”: USC/Tulane. I don’t think anyone expected the Green Wave to be in this game in general, let alone WINNING? Big Boise State/Oklahoma energy here.

And finally, “Best Overall” Michigan/TCU. We all saw this coming a mile away, and I’m not talking about the Wolverines’ pants, either.

My only regret for this entire bowl season (apart from how lackluster Part 1 was on my part) is that THE and OF lost their games, so we won’t get to see the ultimate version of The Game*. Maybe next season (*yes, I’m aware of Harvard and Yale, LET ME LIVE).

And with THAT… the 2022 season comes to a close. This has been a fun one, a frustrating one, one of surprises, and it all culminates in two days from now with the crowning game between Georgia and TCU. Massive shoutout to Phil, for all of his support, tips, and patience (thanks day job, for slapping me with exhaustion 20 times over). And OF COURSE, I gotta give a huge thanks to Blaise D’Sylva, an actual legend. And finally, thanks to each and every one of you guys for your continued readership. You guys make it all worthwhile (even if my jokes are cryptic sometimes). I don’t know about you guys, but I’m gonna go nap for… oh, we’ll say about eight months?? See you then!

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Thanks Terry! And thanks again for a FANTASTIC SMUW season! Great work all year and we look forward to doing this again in September!

GTGFTS

Guess The Game…

…From The Scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from ojai67.

The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).

Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.

Guess The Game From The Uniform


Based on the suggestion of long-time reader/contributor Jimmy Corcoran, we’ve introduced a new “game” on Uni Watch, which is similar to the popular “Guess the Game from the Scoreboard” (GTGFTS), only this one asked readers to identify the game based on the uniforms worn by teams.

Like GTGFTS, readers will be asked to guess the date, location and final score of the game from the clues provided in the photo. Sometimes the game should be somewhat easy to ascertain, while in other instances, it might be quite difficult. There will usually be a visual clue (something odd or unique to one or both of the uniforms) that will make a positive identification of one and only one game possible. Other times, there may be something significant about the game in question, like the last time a particular uniform was ever worn (one of Jimmy’s original suggestions). It’s up to YOU to figure out the game and date.

Today’s GTGFTU comes from Christopher Hickey.

Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.

Power Five Bowl Uni Tracking

NCAA Uni Tracking — FINAL BOWL EDITION

As we wind down the NCAAFB season (with only the National Championship Game to be played), we’ll look at all the unis worn for this year’s Bowl games.

We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the Big XII AND the SEC). New this year is James Hill, who has taken over the B1G tracking duties.

Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences (along with each tracker’s info).

Please give all our trackers a big “THANKS” in the comments for yet another tremendous season of tracking the uniforms worn by the Power Five Conferences in 2022!

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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ACC

More Here.
Follow Rex on Twitter here.

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And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:

PAC-12

(Here are all the other Bowl uniforms worn by Pac12 teams before last Monday)

Read more about the PAC12 uniforms on Dennis’ blog.

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And here is Ethan, with the SEC:

SEC

And be sure to check out Ethan’s WVU Mountaineer Tracker.
Follow Ethan on Twitter here.

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And here’s Ethan with the Big XII:

Big XII

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And here is James with the B1G:

B1G

Follow James on Twitter here.

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Thanks Guys! Great season and looking forward to everyone being back in the fall!

And finally...

…that’s it for your final SMUW of the year — but we’re not done quite yet, as Jimmer Vilk’s Final Bowl Five and One will be published shortly (approximately 8:15 am Eastern).

Again, please join me in appreciating the entire SMUW Crew for another awesome season — you’re all the best! Thank you one and all.

Today’s ticker will go live at 9:00 am.

Everyone have a great Saturday and I’ll catch you all tomorrow.

Peace,

PH

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Comments (10)

    I can’t give 100% to the Rose Bowl. It would have been much better looking if Penn State had been white-blue-white and Utah had been red-white-red. And if the sun had come out. The last two Penn State Rose Bowls have been played under overcast skies.

    That being said, my Nittany Lions finally won a Rose Bowl again.

    Did you use the sheep emoji for “cotton”?!? I was in a band in HS and we had a song called “Sheep Without Cotton” lol

    cool and cloudy/overcast skies

    That’s football weather, Phil, and that’s the only time an icy uniform (even one as boring as Penn State’s road uni) looks palatable.

    Yes, I enjoy the occasional Rose Bowl sunset, but the clouds were the right touch this year. At least my Sun Bowl was sunny.

    Thanks for a great season, Terry! Go get some rest now.

    Why would BLUE look good on the GREEN WAVE? Did I get this wrong? Aren’t we commending good looking uniforms and calling out bad ones?

    Agreed. Personally I happen to think when they mix green and blue (link) they look terrible. Their all-powder (link) uni in and of itself is quite nice, but if your name is GREEN Wave, then you should, well, wear primarily green (link).

    Even so, the more egregious move is their BFBS unis (link), which should be burned.

    I believe the Guess The Game…. From The Scoreboard is the Mets-Cubs game from the mid-1970s (not sure of the exact year or date & I don’t Google to answer this stuff (c’mon)) where Joe Wallis (?) broke up Tom Seaver’s no-hitter with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning. The game was still scoreless & ended up going to extra innings. Another game that The Franchise lost a potential no-hitter very late in a game for the Mets (he finally got one pitching for the Reds, which still bothers this long-time Met fan to no end).

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