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Good Sunday Morning, Uni Watchers. I hope everyone had a good Saturday (unfortunately I’ve been really under the weather for most of this week fighting the flu). I hope you and yours are all in good health.
Let the chaos begin!
With Alabama’s upset of Georgia in yesterday’s SEC Championship, there’s going to be a real scramble for the 4 College Football Playoff spots, and we’ll find out later today who gets the bids. We know this much: Michigan is in. Washington is in. But who will round out the final two spots? Each of the next three schools (Alabama, Texas and undefeated FSU) has an argument. Alabama knocked off the #1 ranked team (UGA), ending their 29 game winning streak. Texas beat Alabama earlier this year, for Alabama’s only loss. And FSU is undefeated — no undefeated Power 5 school has ever been kept out of the College Playoff. But one of these three teams will not make it, and we’ll find out in a few hours which team is the odd one out.
But it’s all about the uniform obversations here, not which team(s) deserve to be in the playoff, so I’m going to turn it over to TJ right now.
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Sunday Morning Uni Watch: Conf. Champs Week by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
• Texas/Oklahoma State: I would say that mono-white was the vibe for Championship Week, but Texas just lives like this. Though granted, they were the designated HOME team while wearing one of the best all-white unis in the game.
• Alabama/Georgia: No Wizard wins for YOU, Dawgs! Someone’s gonna get screwed for the CFP as a result of this game. I’m talking screwed like a reverse-thread screw going into a traditional-thread hole, or something. Cross-threading was the word I was looking for. I’m totally not trying to pad out words for this completely normal-looking game.
• Florida State/Louisville: I REEEEEALLY needed the toothy bird bois to win this game, but then I forget that we live in the same timeline that had a killer hornet/wasp scare in this country 3 and-a-half years ago, so that was just me setting myself up for failure. And waddayaknow; it’s a game where Louisville ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE LOUISVILLE.
• Michigan/Iowa: Appropriate mono-whites for the Wolverines, because they dusted Iowa for their third straight B1G title.
And that’ll do it for this week! Everyone PLEASE take care of yourselves, the flu’s going around, and a lot of people are getting mollywhopped by it, including my team in my department at work. Here’s hoping I don’t start yakking lung anytime soon. See you next time!
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Thanks, TJ. Now for the rest of your SMUW…
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 — which is today.
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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!
Well, not watching anything new this week. The 2023 U Sports football season wrapped up last weekend when the Vanier Cup was handed to the Montreal Carabins. Canadian football generally ends before December arrives. Most likely reason because it’s darn cold in most of the country by December.
As uniform aficionados, we are always eager to see what new uniform changes are on the horizon. I always appreciate the quirky, unusual uniform details that place a certain set apart from the rest. Always hopeful to see something new and unusual when 2024 U Sports football season starts.
In the meantime, we can look back and celebrate some quirky, unusual details from old uniforms worn in U Sports football.
• Holy moly, these are large TV numbers! Though I do believe Jim Vilk would confirm they are proper size TV numbers. It was a winning look for McGill. They won the 1987 Vanier Cup with the massive numbers on the shoulders.
• The Guelph Gryphons have a recent history of wearing multiple helmets and have not been afraid to experiment with their looks. Including it appears paying homage to a different sport. Wearing helmets that have the bowling ball look about a half decade ago.
• This quirky uniform detail was signature to the Western Mustangs for many years. The jerseys had nameplates. However, it was the school’s name in the nameplate and not the player’s name. Also notable Western had the logo on one side of the helmet during these seasons. “UWO” on the helmet when the school was officially known as the U. of Western Ontario.
This is the CUUW Grand Finale for 2023. We will enjoy the remainder of the U.S. college football season. Over and out until next year. Keep striving for those touchdowns in life, but take the rouges if you can get them!
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Thanks, Wade! Great stuff — thanks so much for another great season of Canadian University Uni Watching!
Five and One
Jimmer Vilk’s 5 & 1
Welcome to the Five and One for 2023!
Once again, Jim “Jimmer” Vilk (the original “5 & 1” decider) has returned.
The original concept of the 5 & 1 was simple: Jim picked five good matchups and one awful matchup. He’s still calling the project “5 & 1” but with a new twist.
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.
If you have a game you feel is “worthy” of consideration for the 5 & 1, please either post it in the comments below or tweet Mr. Vilk @JimVilk.
Here’s today’s 5 & 1:
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Yesterday I had a craving for something I haven’t had in a long time: mashed potatoes with creamed corn and a dash of black pepper. So simple, yet so good. Now, you may say, “That’s a little bland, isn’t it?” I say it was like Five-Alarm Chili with a side of Lobster Mac and Cheese compared to…this. Seriously, Texas was the home team and could have worn their burnt orange jerseys, and OSU could have gone with orange or white helmets and/or orange pants. Instead, we got yet another predictably gorgeous mono-tonous matchup. At least they didn’t stray from school colors, which is why I didn’t &1 them. But I was tempted.
Before you find out who was worse, let’s celebrate my Five Good Things beginning with…
5. The “Yes, It Was A Slow Week” Matchup:
Great helmets, though, and I have to give the Ducks credit for their properly sized numbers.
4. The “I Love It When The Green Wave Wears Green Jerseys” Game:
And I’m really glad the pants weren’t green.
3. The “Apples To Apples” Matchup:
If Nike knew how to make proper silver britches, I would bumped this up the list.
2. The “At Least The White Pants Had Stripes” Game:
And thank you, Hawkeyes, for staying with the gold pants!
1. Simply the Best:
Flat, light gray numbers on a dark jersey…I can get behind that.
&1. The “As Always, Contrast Matters” Matchup:
Shiny silver numbers that sometimes you can see and sometimes you can’t…that’s another story.
Enjoy the Holidays, and I’ll see you for the bowl roundup!
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Thanks, Jim! OK readers? What say you? Agree or disagree with Jimmer’s selections? Let him know in the comments below.
Uni and 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.
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!).
Just one game each for the ACC, B1G, SEC and Pac12 as it’s Championship Weekend!
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.
…that’s it for the early post this morning. My sincere thanks, as always, go to the dedicated folks who comprise the SMUW team: Terry, Wade, Jimmer, Rex, Dennis and Zach! Great regular season guys, and we’ll see you all again during Bowl Season.
Except for Wade — his season is over. Please give him a nice shout in the comments for all his terrific work bringing us uni highlights from the Great White North. Thanks Wade!
Everyone have a good Sunday. I’ll have one more article this morning. No ticker today (sorry). I was just too under the weather yesterday to compile one.