Much like the play on the field, the SEC has a strong collection of uniforms. Yet, the Mizzou Tigers have the least traditional of the bunch. Strange shoulder styling and loads of extra accents make these the busiest in the conference. The black and white road digs shown here aren't all that bad, but the home yellows are completely absurd.
Much like ranking everything else in the SEC, the uniforms in this league are excellent. A few years ago, the Razorbacks went to a much edgier, much busier look that most college football purist don't like. But as far as new-look get-ups go, however, the Hogs aren't nearly as bad as most new digs — with the exception of the black ones (they're bad).
South Carolina has always had a strange looking uniform compared to the rest of the league. The bizarre lines and excess styling don't conjure up an image of a traditional SEC champion. And as time goes on, the Gamecocks seem content to actually ADD to the piping, shoulder trim and pants. The helmets are awesome looking but the jerseys could use some work.
When Hail State looks good — like the one shown here — they look really good. The matte helmet and simply styling looks great and very clean. Is the giant "Mississippi State" on the chest a bit disatracting? And are the home uniforms a bit too new school? Sure, but overall the recent redesign was an upgrade over the simple look of the past.
Vandy has been tinkered a lot with uniforms under James Franklin. Some hit (like the white tops and white helmet). Some didn't. The new look helmet and jersey were a huge success two years ago and a huge step up from the traditional all black and gold helmet/jersey/pants combination. The black helmet shown here with the white pants is pretty smooth overall.
Sometimes simple and plain are exactly what looks good. The subtle touches of accent around the collar and shoulders are so subtle that, from a distance, fans can't ever see it. The team rarely uses a third color, giving the Wildcats a distinctive old-school feel. The black alternates look horrendous but the white road tops with blue shoulder pads look pretty solid.
The bright orange and royal blue is one of the most gaudy combinations in the nation. That said, the uniforms are classic and have been unchanged for decades. Strangely enough, however, the Gators have arguably the SEC's best and worst alternate uniform. The white helmets with a blue "F" combined with shoulder stripes are one of the top alternates in the nation. However, this and especially this are downright hideous.
There is a reason that Ole Miss made some adjustments to their uniforms and, for the most part, they nailed it. The slight tweaks appear to have worked as NIKE designed nearly a dozen new combinations for Ole Miss. The navy blue and white combination is really slick looking and is a big improvement on the grey and red/blue combo. The key to the redesign is the Rebels uniforms aren't too busy and overwhelming like most new designs.
For some teams busy and edgy can work. For others, traditional and simple is the way to go. Auburn's uniforms have remained largely unchanged for what seems like their entire existence. The classic "AU" logo is perfectly simple and the color scheme isn't overwhelming. The blue home tops and white road tops mixed with tiger-striped white pants is an SEC stalwart.
The color is loud for sure but what makes Tennessee's uniforms stylish are their simplicity. The two-tone white and orange combination has classically survived decades of uniform tweaks. No matter how many bad alternates crop up (like these ugly duds), the Vols always return to their simple home orange tops and traditional white pants (shown). With the addition of the orange pants and the very smooth smokey grays, this get-up has only gotten better.
The old Aggies digs were solid and few tradition-laden programs should ever change their classic style. But the Texas A&M uniform update from 2012 was extremely well received. The bevelled numbers, simple contrasting shoulder and pant stripes, and matte helmets look great. It is a risky proposition to update a classic style and few do it well, but the Ags hit a home run with their redesign.
It's plain and fairly simple but Georgia shouldn't be messing with a good thing. The bizarro alternates used against Boise State three years ago aside, most every UGA outfit has been strong. The black and red stripes on the pants add the perfect amount of color and the ordinary and classic tops and helmets have worked for decades. And when it comes to black alternates, a team with black in its primary color scheme can always pull it off better than those who have to force it (looking at you Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Mississippi State).
It's about as classic as a uniform can possibly be. Hell, even the team mascot is named after what the team looked like on the field way back when. The plain numbered helmets are fan favorites and the clean two-tone look will never go out of style. Programs like Texas, Oklahoma, Penn State and Alabama should never change their simple, classic and traditional style.
Purple and Gold may seem like a bizarre combination but there is little doubt that these awesome duds aren't one of the best uniforms in the nation. The classic shoulder stripes were well ahead of their time and withstood the test of time while the trim is minimal and simple as well. The helmets accent the whole outfit perfectly with simple style and traditional design. Even LSU's alternates are awesome.
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