Uniform changes have become a big part of college football. The new threads or lids can have a positive effect on recruiting and are a great marketing tool. But in some cases, they can be changes for the worse. We examine the Top 10 fashion fails during the 2011 college football season.
10. South Carolina’s Camouflaged Numbers
The Gamecocks were set to wear special jerseys for the Wounded Warrior Project that honored the military. However, after coming out with them on in warmups, referees said that they had to change out of them because the camouflaged style (see below) obscured the numbers on the jersey. You just know the executives at Nike were snickering at Under Armour for this blunder.
9. Mississippi State’s Egg Bowl Duds
The Bulldogs went with “Mississippi State” above the numbers on the front of the unis and “Hail State” in place of the players’ names on the back. We can see that since it was for the team’s annual Egg Bowl matchup with Ole Miss. But the gold infusion on the special threads – check the tint of the numbers below – was not a good call. We suggest MSU tones it down next year.
8. Notre Dame’s New Golden Dome
This year’s sign of the Apocalypse in college football was Notre Dame getting a new helmet which, as the blog Kegs ‘N Eggs so eloquently put it, is “now equipped with 10,000% more gold.” Meant to more closely resemble the legendary Golden Dome on campus, it ended up looking more like a helmet covered in puffy paint. That’s a shame because the helmet was the only thing left that was great about Notre Dame football.
7. Fresno State’s Blue Helmet Stripe
Woof! That’s the only appropriate response to these monstrosities that look like a multi-colored lollipop splashed on a helmet. Sure, the Bulldog logo on the side is still a good look. But it’s accompanied by a blue stripe down the center of the lid that takes up almost the entire back of the helmet. Count us out on this one.
6. Michigan’s Bumblebee Unis
We didn’t mind the maize and blue pattern on the shoulders of the Michigan uniforms for the primetime Notre Dame game. We liked that look, but the Wolverines got it wrong during their game against rival Michigan State in mid-October. The below look made UM players look like bumblebees instead of wolverines.
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