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10 Worst Uniforms in College Football in 2016

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After counting down the Top 25 uniforms in college football the other week, we’re going the other direction and ranking the worst-dressed programs in the FBS. It’s probably no coincidence that most of the teams on this list play as poorly as they dress. Hey, if you looked this bad at work, you’d probably be demoralized before you started your job too.

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— Written by Jim Weber, a veteran college sports journalist and member of the Athlon Contributor Network. Weber has written for CBS Sports Network, NBCSports.com, ESPN the Magazine and the college sports website he founded and sold, LostLettermen.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JimMWeber.

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T-10. Western Kentucky & Memphis

Western Kentucky and Memphis haven’t gotten the memo yet that the chrome helmets fad is over. Western Kentucky is one of the few teams still outfitted by Russell Athletic, and the ugly shoulder striping and “HILLTOPPERS” written on the pants isn’t going to win back many customers. Meanwhile, Memphis’ chrome helmets and Cincinnati Bengals-knockoff lids are equally regrettable.

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9. Wake Forest

Wake’s problem is that the uniforms are just so... bland. Look at the helmet logo: It’s just a “W” and an “F” that aren’t even interlocking; rather, the letters are just floating in proximity of each other. What makes it even worse is that Wake’s Demon Deacon logo looks so great on a helmet and should be the permanent primary lid.

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8. Oregon State

Oregon State actually had pretty good uniforms until Nike gave the Beavers a “ReBeav” in 2013 that included the dreaded “Beavershark” logo. I maintain my conspiracy theory that Nike founder and Oregon alum Phil Knight sabotaged Oregon State’s uniforms as a rivalry prank. And while the orange and matte black helmets aren’t nearly as bad as the white ones, neither have anything that connects the team to Oregon State or beavers.

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7. Iowa State

Like Oregon State, Iowa State should have left its old uniforms alone. But instead, the Cyclones updated their look in 2008 and ended up with cheap USC knockoffs and that lame “I State” logo. As if that isn’t bad enough, the ketchup and mustard color scheme on the jersey and pants makes the Cyclones’ home uniforms look inspired by Ronald McDonald.

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6. UTEP

We hope you like the color orange because the UTEP Miners look like sherbet popsicles in their all-orange outfits. Oh by the way, the school logo is ugly, the helmet stripe is clunky and the styling on the jersey numbers is gratuitous. The tramp stamp on the back of the pants is the final indignity of these unis.

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5. UMass

UMass may have moved up to the FBS in 2013 but the Minutemen still dress and play on an FCS level. It all comes down to the gigantic and cumbersome “U” in the “UMass” logo. Yuck.

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4. Idaho

Idaho will become the first school to move from the FBS down to the FCS in 2018 and the new uniforms the Vandals unveiled this offseason give you an idea why. Having won a total of nine games over the last five seasons, the Vandals’ new look deserves to be cast to the underworld. Let’s start with the new helmet that is just a gray lid with the word “IDAHO” in gold. Bor-ing. Then there’s the mishmash of uniform combinations that for some reason have gray all over them.

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3. Florida Atlantic

Fifteen years after the program started in 2001, FAU is still figuring out this fashion thing. The original uniforms weren’t anything to write home about but they were certainly better than an owl in mid-flight with a white oval behind it. The final coup de disgrace is the “FLORIDA ATLANTIC” in all caps located on the chest of the jersey, whose placement and differing font sizes make no sense. But then again, neither does having a college in Boca Raton, Fla.

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2. Eastern Michigan

The Eagles have long been owners of the most boring helmets in the FBS: a white block “E” on a green helmet. Designing that must have taken all of two seconds. Eastern Michigan’s attempt to be trendy by becoming obsessed with gray has backfired, as the new diamond plate interior of the “E” logo and player numbers has taken an awful uniform and somehow made it even worse.

1. Bowling Green

Bowling Green looks like a poor man’s version of the Cleveland Browns — which is just about the worst thing you can say about a team’s uniforms. The white and orange helmets are ugly enough on their own, but what really sets Bowling Green apart from the competition is the Falcons’ affinity for the abominable brown lid that when paired with brown tops and bottoms make the Falcons look like walking poop emojis.

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