By Luke Winn, SI.com
Earlier today in The Sweep, we looked at the five best college football style changes for 2008, with the No. 1 item being SMU's return to the white helmets from its glory days (and also its death penalty days, but still, the helmets look great).
As promised, here are the five worst:
1. Shoulder, Colorado
I don't mind the fashion experiments going on up in Eugene, but did the Buffaloes have to copy-cat the Ducks? CU's black jersey is a classic that didn't need golden dimples over its shoulderpads. (Photo: the Daily Camera)
Rule No. 1 in football jersey design: The classics should never be significantly edited. Before he left, Lloyd Carr signed off on new road duds with yellow accents, which ironically happen to give off a very West Virginia vibe.
3. Darth 'Canes
Just like Duke's addition of black jerseys in basketball, this is a mistake. The 'Canes don't need an alternate when they already have an iconic helmet and color scheme. If anything, Miami should go Michael Irvin-era retro.
4. Yellowed Out
Georgia Tech is debuting new Russell gear this season ... and the road jerseys, with a questionable yellow hue on the pants, are somewhat of an abomination. What was wrong with the Jackets' gold of the Calvin Johnson days?
VT made my "good" list with its retro helmet, but its new Nike jerseys -- particularly the strange orange side-panels -- are a letdown. Tech seems to alter its jerseys every year, though, so at least these will be gone soon.