The Beginning of a Revolution in College Football
College Football Uniforms. Most years it’s a mundane topic, talked about by only the most hardcore fans who dissect each and every aspect of their team’s success or lack there of. This year, the topic of college football uniforms has taken center stage as it is talked about by every college football analyst and tweeted about by athletes around the world of sports.
Nike University, uh, I mean the University of Oregon, is credited with starting this revolution in college football, having more uniform combinations than a masterlock. Boise State fittingly joined the party soon thereafter, as they’re no stranger to innovation considering they play on the famous “Smurf Turf.” The Broncos started their 2011 season rocking the fresh all-white uniforms at home against the SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs, who also squaded up with new all-red threads.
The Horned Frogs of TCU, Cowboys of Oklahoma State, and Sundevils of Arizona State also unveiled new uniforms over the weekend, but in my opinion the Maryland Terrapins stole the spotlight. The Terps came out sporting turtle shell helmets during warm-ups against Miami, but that was only the beginning of what soon proved to be the best fashion show that ever broke out at a football game in history. Maryland burst out of the tunnel with half their state flag printed on each side of the players’ shoulder pads and helmets. A truly unique design by Under Armour University, excuse me, the University of Maryland.
These new, stylish uniforms, gloves, cleats, arm sleeves, socks, and endless other equipment advancements have paved a new way to recruit young athletes. The “have-nots” and “wanna-be” schools have donned a new way to bring in the best athletes in the country. Funny thing is, power schools like Alabama, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, USC, and Florida to name a few seem to be winning all of the championships lately, even without the flashy uniforms. They don’t need to entice players with fancy new equipment in order to get them to come to their schools. Instead, these schools recruit athletes using their tradition of winning, the mass exposure of playing in front of a national audience, playing for a legendary head coach, and oh yea almost forgot, a heck of a lot of cash.