Akshay Eye for the Uniform Guy: Week 7

Putting your faith in sports teams to do well is disappointing. Why not think about fun uniforms instead? Yay!

#18 Baylor

Kit: “Sailor Bear” – green/green/green

Result: W 33-30 vs Texas Tech

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Baylor

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We covered Sailor Bear in a previous column — TLDR: I will never not love it. This look for Baylor is really sharp, too; something about the shade of green used seems very royal and forest-y. I’m here for it. I swear I’ve seen that number font somewhere else, though…

Grade: A

Coastal Carolina

Kit: black/black/black

Result: L 21-32 vs Georgia State

Coastal Carolina sophomore quarterback Bryce Carpenter runs the ball against the Georgia State Panthers Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium in Conway.
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This is a very, very good blackout uniform for Coastal Carolina because the most important piece of these uniforms correct — it strongly emphasizes the primary color of the school. The Chanticleers’ shade of teal is very bright, so it contrasts extremely well with the base black of the rest of the uniform. However, on top of the default docking of points for giving in to the allure of Black for Black’s Sake, I also docked the Chants a little bit for the strange teal striple in the center of each pant leg. That stripe makes those pants look a bit like shorts, which is…not ideal.

Grade: B+

#22 Mizzou

Kit: gold/gold/black

Result: W 38-27 vs Ole Miss

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Missouri

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Man, we had a lot of good uniform combinations this weekend, but this has got to be near the top of the list. Everything done here is a win — from the gold block-M helmet to the tiger shoulder stripe on a gold jersey, and I’m especially happy Mizzou did not add yellow pants to this combination. Black pants turn what could have been a walking banana disaster into a very slick look for Mizzou (side-note: it is for a similar reason Paul Johnson refused to let his Georgia Tech teams wear all-gold and why I will never advocate for an all-gold look for Tech).

Grade: A+

West Virginia

Kit: navy/gray/gray

Result: L 14-38 @ Iowa State

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Iowa State at West Virginia

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I love how the numbers on this jersey really pop off the gray background of the jersey and the look of the matte navy helmet in this uniform combination, but…I’m not super jazzed about using gray as a base color here. It looks fine and I’m sure there’s some explanation for the gray in the WVU palette that connects it to the coal mining heritage of Morgantown, but something about it just seems off to me. It’s probably just me — like I said, it looks fine.

Grade: B+

#10 Athens

Kit: L

Result: O

Grade: L

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Georgia

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South Carolina v Georgia

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South Carolina v Georgia

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Don’t they wear sadness well?

Grade: A++ for sheer schadenfreude value

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Akshay Easwaran