The red, white and blue works like a charm in The Phog but not so much on the gridiron. The simple patterns are likeable but the KU logo doesn't exactly conjure an image of an elite college football program. The uniforms have always felt a bit cartoonish compared to the traditional Big 12 powers.
Depending on where the Cyclones are playing, Iowa State either looks like a bad Sun Belt team or an esteemed Big 12 stalwart. The home uniforms (pictured) look like an arena team with a horrendous amount of red and yellow. The road whites are much more appealing and have a certain old-school feel.
The tweaks WVU made last year were expected to be solid but this uniform took a step back. Blue and gold are two of the more traditional (and likeable) colors in the uniform pallet, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing (pictured). The all whites with a new white helmet look awesome and could be their best outfit but the rest didn't look nearly as good as expected.
This uniform has come a long way in two decades. And every year it seems to get just a little bit edgier and more exciting. Purple and black is a tough combo to make look traditional, so TCU has embraced the new wave of metallic paint schemes, bizarre trim and accent patterns with multiple alternate wardrobes. The Frogs' duds are getting better but still have a mid-major feel to them.
At times, these uniforms are hard to take seriously. The edgy, new-style look works for some teams — like, say, the Oregon Ducks or Seattle Seahawks — but the Big East-type look doesn't fit as well way out in West Texas. The road whites (pictured) look much better than the home get-up.
It's hard to know where to rank the Cowboys. The black and white mix pictured with an alternate helmet look pretty smooth, however, these all orange diddies are pretty much hideous. The more traditional orange tops with white helmets and pants is a pretty solid look for home games, and the all-white roads are just as effective. But adding bizarro greys and all orange overdoses just don't work.
Up until Art Briles showed up, Baylor had horrendous uniforms with ugly helmets. But some teams need modern touches to improve the look and feel of their program. Adding edgy shoulder pad stitching, green stripes to the pants and turning the helmets white has given Baylor an awesome look. The one shown here isn't one of their best, but the colors are still very traditional and the Bears look is still better than most other Big 12 teams.
Clean, classic, unchanging but also unique is how best to describe the Kansas State purple and silver uniform. There isn't a lot going on with these other than some old-fashioned stripes on the shoulders and pants. The logo is simple, the colors fit nicely together and the team embraces its purple heritage by not adding modern piping or too many accents. This is an underrated outfit.
There is no doubt as to the top two uniforms in the Big 12: Oklahoma and Texas. The two football powerhouses' attires are steeped in clean, classic, plain tradition. The Crimson and the Cream are a perfect example of an old-school uniform with no frills, quirky piping or silly helmets. Some teams should never go down the Oregon/Maryland path of dressing and the Sooners are one of them.
Like the Sooners, the no frills, ordinary style of the Burnt Orange is awesome. The all-white roads are as smooth a uniform as there is in the nation. With even fewer accents than Oklahoma — like plain pants — Texas offers one of, if not the, most classic styles in all of college football. The orange tops not only match the style of Austin campus and the Longhorns' mascot but it also just looks like football. And the white helmets with the classic and unique Longhorn logo also get two big thumbs up.
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