The Big Ten doesn't have any "bad" uniforms, so nationally, Illinois isn't even in the conversation with some of the worst unis in college football. Adding the trim looked good for a while but reverting back to an all-Orange Crush look can be tougher to watch at times. The Fighting Illini will have new uniforms in 2014.
The emphasis on maroon over gold was a smart move by the university. And the road whites with maroon trim look excellent. That said, the two colors mixed together prominently hasn't looked good for decades.
Rutgers needed an update a few years ago and they've added trim around the neck and arms while tweaking the helmet (as long as it's not chrome). The color scheme is clean and classic, as long as the Knights try not to be too wild.
Black and Gold is a as classic a color scheme as there is in the nation. The traditional look is solid both on the road and at home. However, Purdue hasn't done good work when they go with an alternate look for both the helmet and the uniform.
The old-school Ivy League sweater look actually works pretty well, especially, on the road whites. The Wildcats have done a quality job updating their look without going too crazy with the design work.
At times, Maryland is one of the best uniforms in the league (see the inset all white get-up). Other times, it's one of the more horrendous ever created. Ranking the Terps somewhere in the middle is really the only option.
Wisconsin's look hasn't changed much in two decades and it's been fairly solid the whole way. Some of the alternatives have been hits and misses, and the all red helmet from last year is questionable, but overall, this is always a strong look on Saturdays.
Iowa's look is traditional and classic. It's unwavering over time and that gives it a lot of charm. The colors are aggressive and powerful and as long as the Hawkeyes don't mess with it, they will always be among the best dressed in college football.
If it isn't broken, don't fix it. This would be our advice to the Ohio State alternative uniforms (for Michigan and others). The traditional Scarlet and Gray home and roads are outstanding. Very few plain helmets look as slick as OSU's.
The Spartans have made subtle changes to their outfit over the years but rarely have changed the very straightforward, two-tone look. As long as they don't continue to add gold to the mix, Michigan State will always look fantastic on the gridiron.
Clean, classic, straightforward but with just a touch of flair. It makes the Big Red one of the greatest uniforms in college football history. The small tweaks over the past few seasons haven't been overbearing while adding just the right amount of style.
The Maize and Blue are one of the few teams in the nation whose colors are equally as famous as their brand. The winged helmet might be the best in the land and the uniform screams history, tradition and power.
It's the most traditional uniform in the game today. The navy blue and white is as identifiable as any team in the nation, the helmet doesn't even need a logo and the subtle trim around the neck gives the look just enough style to stay cool with recruits. The White Out is the best in the country.
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