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Good Sunday Morning everyone. I hope you all had a pleasant Saturday.
In a bit of a programming note, I’d like to welcome aboard Matt Tomelleri who will be tracking the uniforms of the Big XII Conference. So, at long last (after seven weeks), we finally have all Power 5 teams uni-tracked again!
There were a number of good looking games yesterday (and a few stinkers), but for the most part, teams kept the one-offs and clown suits off the field (for a change).
Yesterday evening featured one of the best looking games of the year — featuring Miami at North Carolina — and the Tar Heels broke out their throwbacks against an all-white Hurricane squad. What makes a uniform great and what makes a specific matchup great are of course all in the eye(s) of the beholder, but UNC picked a great opponent to break out what many consider the best college football uniform of recent vintage.
Such a great pairing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: powder (Carolina) blue pairs well with many colors, but best with navy, and UNC’s throwback checks all the boxes for a great uniform: helmets match jersey (both in color and stripe pattern) and the jersey with navy/white/navy sleeve stripes and white numbers in a navy block shadow gives them an added pop.
I like Miami in all white, too, but the different striping pattern on the helmet (green/orange/green) from the jersey and pants (orange/green/orange) throws off my OCD a bit. It might not be all that noticeable from the stands, but up close, it’s apparent. Still, Miami in mono-white is a great look.
I can understand how some folks don’t like a mono-white look, especially in bright sunshine, but under the lights at night it’s a great look. Pair that with the wonderful pastel tops and double-blue of the Heels, and you have a glorious looking game.
In an era when more and more college teams are going with stripeless pants (and a few who wear same-color socks for that leotard look), UM/UNC was refreshing. There are teams who go all-white for that “icy” look, but Miami isn’t one of them. Their all white unis have plenty of color, and orange/green are great accents. And the UNC throwbacks are by far and away their best look; I won’t go so far as to say it’s the best look in college football…but it’s close.
And now I’ll turn the rest of this section over to TJ who brings you the rest of your…
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Sunday Morning Uni Watch by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
So in my great stupor from last week, I completely forgot to mention an absolute Chad of a school who wore these for spooky season: Miami wore these togs against Georgia Tech, Iand I somehow omitted that completely. My bad. Anywho, onto Week 7.
• Florida International/UTEP: FIU’s uniforms from Wednesday were truly the Florida uniforms of all-time (don’t double back: you read that correctly). Is it bad that I kinda want them to switch to these full-time?
• Duke/NC State: Remember: it’s October, so any and all uni-crimes are 100% welcome. Duke knows what’s up.
• Penn State/UMass: It’s not that I dislike Penn State’s G.o.G. uniforms (they’re actually very nice)… I just can’t stomach the name. It feels oddly icky to me, like they’re getting high off of their own stuff. I feel like there’s a difference between being a content creator on the Internet and understanding that you have to be your biggest fan, because if you don’t give 2 flying squirts of duck shit about your work, why would anyone else care? … and whatever the Nittany Lions are doing.
• Georgia State/Marshall: I’m totally not padding this column with seasonally-appropriate BFBS from both teams because Week 7 was slim pickings, what are you talking about?
Week 7 is in the books. Let’s hope Week 8 is gr8! *not me in the background absolutely telling myself to shut the hell up for that horrible pun*
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Thanks TJ! Super wrap, as always!
Canadian University Uni Watch
Returning for 2023 is Canadian University Uni Watcher Wade Heidt, who will bring us some looks at three-down, 110-yard Canadian university football from up north. That’s Wade to the right side of your screen (you can even click to enlarge). The shirt Wade is wearing was created by the one and only Wafflebored! Wade’s rundown will appear every week on SMUW until the season ends.
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Canadian University Uni Watch by Wade Heidt
What time is it? Time for some university football uniform watching Canadian rules style! It’s time for the CUUW!
The excitement is in the air as the regular season winds down. Now only two more weekends of regular season left for three of the conferences. Next weekend with be the last regular season one for Ontario. The run to the Vanier Cup is heating up as the weather cools down!
Coincidentally, a number of teams wore black jerseys this weekend that do not wear them on the regular. We will look at a sprinkling of games in the four conferences as usual. As we all know, the CUUW will travel from east to west.
• In the Atlantic conference (AUS), we had the Saint Mary’s Huskies breaking out the black jersey at home in Halifax. They wore a white/black/white combo. Though BFBS can be disastrous, this is tasteful for the usually maroon and white. Not a bad look. The visiting Acadia Axemen looked good wearing white over red.
Moving on to the Quebec conference (RSEQ), we will look at two games in Montreal.
• The Concordia Stingers wore their maroon over yellow combo. A great home combo for the Stingers. The visiting Sherbrooke Vert & Or wore their shiny gold helmets with white over green. The CUUW is always intrigued about what combo the Vert & Or will wear from game to game.
• This one was colour vs. colour for the battle of the Quebec powerhouses. The Montreal Carabins breaking out the black at home. Wearing their white/black/black combo. Not a common combo for them. The Laval Rouge et Or wore their gold/red/gold combo on the road. I do believe the Rouge et Or have avoided wearing white jerseys all season. Thought this game would have been closer. Appearing like the defending Vanier Cup champion Laval has been usurped. They likely will have something to say about that come playoff time.
• Since we looked a lot at the Ontario conference (OUA) last weekend, let’s look a single game there. The Guelph Gryphons have many potential uniform combos. They decided to go mono-black on Saturday at home. The Queen’s Gaels wearing their mono-yellow as the light road uniform. Guelph may vary their uniform looks a lot, but it is a safe bet they will always stay with their famous checkered end zones.
The Canada West conference had last weekend off, so we will look at a couple of games there.
• A big upset in Calgary. The winless Calgary Dinos got a win while wearing their mono-red combo from head to toe. The visiting UBC Thunderbirds were competing for first place in Canada West. A setback for them. UBC wore white over navy.
Thanks, Jim! OK readers? What say you? Agree or disagree with Jimmer’s selections? Let him know in the comments below.
NCAA Uni & Duck Tracking
Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by college football conferences. New this year is Zachary Wooldridge, who is tracking the SEC. And joining the SMUW crew to track the Big XII is Matt Tomelleri, so we again have all Power Five conferences tracked this season.
Long-time trackers Rex Henry (tracking the ACC and the B1G this year), and Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12) are returning for another season. Following the tracking, Dennis again returns with his Duck Tracking (which is the longest continuously-running feature on SMUW!).
Welcome to the 2023 Oregon Ducks Uni Tracker. This little project was originally begun way back in 2008-09 by Michael Princip, who retired after several seasons, whereupon the project was continued by Tim E. O’Brien. He, too, retired from the tracking, but the project has been ably kept up by the man who also tracks the Pac12, Dennis Bolt.
I hope you guys like this feature and will want to continue to submit your concepts and tweaks to me. If you do, Shoot me an E-mail (Phil (dot) Hecken (at) gmail (dot) com).
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Today’s concepts come from Trey Gorman.
With the Paris Olympics coming up, lots of attention has been put on the USA Basketball team after America’s disappointment in the FIBA World Cup. This “Avengers” team will be one of the focuses of the Olympics, so why not have them wear great uniforms? Elements from past looks are incorporated into the uniform, as well as new elements not previously used. I hoped to create a uniform that’s bold yet feels like a classic American look. U-S-A!
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OK readers (and concepters). If you have some tweaks or concepts, shoot ’em my way with a brief description of your creation and I’ll run ’em here.
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 Francis Tavern.
Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.
…that’s it for today. Please give it up for the entire SMUW crew: Terry, Wade, Jimmer, Rex, Dennis and Zach, and please (again) welcome Matt aboard!
You folks have a great Sunday and I’ll catch everyone next weekend.