Ranking the Big Ten's 2015 Football Uniforms
I have the Terrapins dead last in the Big Ten for a variety of reasons, but mainly the fact that those hideous alternate (I think?) uniform designs detract from Maryland’s normal uniform. In fact, I’d be surprised if more than one out of 10 people outside the state could correctly describe what Maryland’s regular home uniforms look like.
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— Rankings provided by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Scott is the editor-in-chief of KnowItAllFootball.com, a Big Ten site for Big Ten fans. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.
I appreciate the effort to go with a simple, solid look that matches what the basketball team does. That said, from a distance it’s still too close to Oklahoma’s look. The red should be bright – like the basketball uniforms – and they need to stick with one helmet design.
12. (Tie) Nebraska and Wisconsin
I have these two tied this low for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, they wear the exact same uniform with the exception of the logos on the helmets. I have a tough time telling who is who when they play until I see a running back pile up 400 yards or so. Additionally, teams with mascots as colorful as these two should not be so conservative in their uniform designs – tradition be damned.
10. Michigan State
Here is another program that I think could get more creative. Granted, they are stuck with that putrid green, but would it kill them to toss a little silver trim in here or there? Or maybe, the Spartans should just switch to their new alternate look full time?
I’ve always liked the maroon and gold look. I’m an especially big fan of the flat finish on the helmets. I still, however, cannot look at these uniforms without thinking of the old sitcom “Coach.” I’d personally like to see an actual gopher on the helmet.
I love orange and blue as a color combination. Frankly, there isn’t enough use of the color orange in uniforms. I appreciate the effort on Illinois’ part to bring back more orange and I love the block I on the helmet.
It’s tough to go wrong with black and gold. It just works. I especially like the flat black helmets the Boilermakers have brought out recently. It’s just too bad the team isn’t a little better so we could get these uni’s in front of a larger TV audience more often.
Iowa’s gold is a bit more like yellow, but I’ll let it slide. I like the uniform design, even if it does look like they ripped off the Steelers. The Hawkeye logo is what makes the uniform, though. It’s simple and timeless, yet bold and unique. It’s also easy to edit and turn into a number of sweet memes if you happen to be a fan of an Iowa rival.
The Scarlet Knights have come a long way in recent years. I really dig the block R on the helmets. For me, it doesn’t get any better than the white away uniforms with the worn armor look on the silver helmet.
Just like with the color orange, there just isn’t enough purple in uniforms these days. The black and purple together is both intimidating and classy. I also love what they’ve done with the horizontal stripes on the jerseys.
3. Ohio State
Adding a little black accent a few years back was a good move. I was skeptical at first, but it just pops – a nice addition to an old classic. I wouldn’t hate it if they went with the Nike Mach Speed uniforms they wore in the national championship game full time.
Ah yes, the winged helmet. You just can’t go wrong with it. Things started to get dicey for a while with the jerseys a few years back when they tried to modernize. Then there was the whole “legacy jersey” thing, which I was not a fan of. I’m glad those are done. It’s back to basics in 2015 and I couldn’t be happier. You shouldn’t mess with perfection.
1. Penn State
Speaking of perfection, nothing looks as nice as those white helmets bouncing up and down in the tunnel before running onto the field at Beaver Stadium on a football Saturday. Logos exist as a symbol of a brand with the purpose of being recognized. Penn State achieves that without anything but a stripe on their helmet – as nobody ever mistakes them for anyone else when flipping through the channels.
— Rankings provided by Athlon contributor J.P. Scott (@TheJPScott).