After SI took their stab at the worst collegiate uniforms, I have decided to put my own stake into the fire of who has the best college uniforms. There are nearly 120 Division I college football teams and I have decided to rank the top uniforms based on style, tradition, and uniqueness. With that said, here is my list of the Top 10 uniforms in the land.
1. Michigan – Love the Wolverines or hate them, Michigan has the most known uniform in any level of football. The winged helmet design and the Maize and Blue color scheme make up the most distinctive look in all of sports.
2. Notre Dame – The Navy and Gold look with the Golden helmets make Notre Dame the simple, but sharp substance answer to their rival Michigan’s style. I even love the Green leprechaun look.
3. Alabama – Crimson and White just makes for fantastic football colors in the fall. The numbered helmets are a nod back to simpler times. That feature just completes the classic Tide look.
4. Tennessee – Like their hated rival above, the distinctive Orange and White color scheme with the Power “T” just looks like college football. On the Third Saturday in October when Alabama and Tennessee play, aren’t the fall leaves in the South shades of the colors of these teams’ uniforms? Just perfect folks!
5. USC – To be honest, I was not a huge fan of the color scheme and the helmet that looks like something directly from Ancient Greece, but as I got older, I realized that was the point. Something about the Trojan nickname, those ancient looking helmets, and playing at the Coliseum make this all work out wonderfully.
6. Oklahoma – The Crimson and White, along with the interlocking “O” and “U” and “Sooners” across the chest screams out memories of Wilkinson, Switzer, and Boomer Schooner.
7. UCLA – The “Sons of Westwood” have probably the sharpest look in all of college football. The powder blue is synonymous with the Bruins. They just look like a team from glitzy Bel Air.
8. Penn State – I wish they had a little imagination with their gear, but one thing is for certain, you know the Nittany Lions when you see them. They have the classic Bama look, without the numerals on the helmet or any color as distinctive as Crimson.
9. Ohio State – The Scarlet and Grey have kind of bastardized the look in recent years, but they still conger up memories of Woody and Archie when you see them on TV. The stickers they give for big plays on the helmet are the last in a dying breed.
10. Florida State – Garnet and Gold was the dominant color in college football for nearly two decades. The colors and logo are unique, much like the Redskins are to the NFL.
Just missed the cut: Nebraska, Georgia, Texas A&M, Washington, North Carolina, Arizona State, Auburn, LSU, California, BYU.