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Top 25 College Football Uniforms for 2012

25. SMU Mustangs- The Mustangs kept their classic color scheme and logo that gained popularity while the “Pony Express” was in town.  The white helmet allows the logo to jump out, and the uniforms are clean and simple.  The striping on the home jersey (red top/white pants) is done to perfection

24. Arizona State Sun Devils- New for last year, their alternate black jerseys have definitely been “nike-fied,” yet it seems to work for them.  The massive pitchfork on the side of the helmet stands out perfectly against the all-black, while the numbers fading from yellow to white on the all-black jerseys look great.  Few teams can get third jerseys to be successful, but ASU has done it right.

23. Northwestern Wildcats- The only brand new 2012 uniform to make the list.  Northwestern dumped Adidas this year to move to Under Armour and they did not disappoint, producing one of the most distinctive uniforms in college football.  Both jerseys are fantastic, but I’m going to have to give the nod to the road uniforms.  The stripe thru the center of the uniform is completely unique and stands out best with the white uniform.

22. Auburn Tigers- Their color scheme of dark blue and bright orange is awesome, and the balance of all three colors in their home uniform is wonderfully done.  Not to be forgotten is the multi-colored triple stripe on the helmet, to cap off this beauty.

21. Tennessee Volunteers- A fantastic road uniform, with an all white uniform and helmet.  The “T” is an iconic logo that uses simplistic design to its advantage. The Volunteer’s are another team that doesn’t mess around with crazy stripes or piping, and likes to keep it simple.

20. Arizona Wildcats- A blue helmet, red jersey and white pants.  It gives off a patriotic feel, while still being quite unique.  The faded striping on the pants blends perfectly with the pants, and the two different colored stripes on the helmet and pants matches the U of A logo perfectly.

19. Ohio State Buckeyes- These home uniforms are readily identifiable by almost any college football fan, especially when you look at the helmet.  Almost known more for their helmet stickers than the jersey itself, the Buckeye’s scarlet and gray were a lock for the top-10.

18. Wisconsin Badgers- The all-white uniform works perfectly for the Badgers.  Their helmet blends perfectly, and the all-white scheme allows for the oversized W on the helmet to shine; as it should.

17. Notre Dame Fighting Irish- Was never a huge fan of the Notre Dame jerseys, especially because their helmets were never truly the correct color gold.  Last year, they changed the color of the helmets, making it more of a defined gold, and this moved them up in my books.  Even though the green jersey is technically not apart of their main color scheme, they sure do pull it off.

16. Oklahoma Sooners- The all white Sooner jersey keeps things simple in a great sense, one of the few teams that can also pull off a rather plain look, with a superior color scheme and helmet.

15. Penn State Nittany Lions- The most plain uniforms currently in the game right now, and while they might be changed by new head coach Bill O’Brien next year, I hope they don’t.  It’s always great to see a team bucking the trend and ignoring the flash that Nike, Adidas and Under Armour try to throw at them.  Especially with those all white road beauties.

14. Georgia Bulldogs- Another standout color scheme with their red home uniforms, but the best part about these uniforms are the one of a kind pant striping.  They are the only team in college football to have a solid colored pant, and then have a three stripes that are all different colors down the sides.  A simple, yet classy look that they can call their own.

13. Oklahoma State Cowboys- I had never seen a team with an all grey uniform (helmet included), and I think that Oklahoma State did it nicely.  The bright orange numbers let you see who’s on the field from a mile away, and they definitely earn some big points for their uniqueness.

12. Miami (FL) Hurricanes- It’s all about the helmet here.  Doesn’t really matter which jersey combo you put with them (I prefer the orange jersey and white pants), the helmet makes this uniform.  They solid white and two tone logo is an instant classic and makes you think of the glory years back with Jimmy Johnson.

11. LSU Tigers- As many other uniforms that you will see in the top ten, the Tigers have a very unique uniform and an even more unique helmet.  The white jersey works perfectly with the yellow helmet and pants, and due to the extreme heat in the South, is often adorned as a home jersey.

10. North Carolina Tar Heels- Taking a cue from the basketball team, the carolina blue uniforms with the stripe down the side is a classy look that allows you to appreciate the color of the uniform.  Sure there isn’t any flash, but who needs flash when they look this good? Their dark blue uniform isn’t something to be passed over either.

9. UCLA Bruins- What’s not to love? Their uniform numbers are a one of a kind, while their color scheme is almost second to none.  The subtle gold and white stripes on the home uniform do a great job of accenting the jersey.

8. Oregon Ducks- Oregon’s jerseys are very hit or miss.  Definitely not a fan of their away uniforms, but when it comes to the home jerseys, they have done well.  The highlighter top, with the black pants jumps out at you and forces you to take notice of them.  If their high-powered, high-octane offense hadn’t done that already.

7. Florida Gators- Have not like anything that Nike has done when it comes to Florida’s Pro Combat uniforms.  If something looks as great as their home uniform, why change it?  Few teams could pull off the orange helmet without a logo, but it is hard to envision The Swamp without it.

6. Florida State Seminoles- The Noles lucked out when the Seminole Tribe said that they could keep their name.  I truly can’t imagine Florida State not wearing the garnet and gold and having a spear adorned on their helmets.  The helmets truly make these home uniforms worth while.

5. Clemson Tigers-The Clemson Tigers have some of the greatest combinations to put together for their uniforms.  The orange and purple are very unique combo, and few things are as cool as seeing them in their solid orange, running down the hill into Death Valley after touching Howard’s Rock.

4. Alabama Crimson Tide-Next to Penn State, these are some of the most plain uniforms in the country.  Yet, the Crimson home jerseys are very well put together, and the numbers on the helmet give it a unique look that fits them easily into the top 5.

3. USC Trojans-Another home uniform with a perfect color scheme and little flash.  USC’s uniforms are a classic that have been donned by many first rounders.

2. Texas Longhorns- The Longhorns have an iconic burnt orange home uniform.  The orange and the white off set each other perfectly, and adding to the perfection is a solid white bucket with their classic logo on either side.

1. Michigan Wolverines- So perhaps a little bias, but how can you not give the team with the most iconic, unique and best helmet in the country the #1 spot?

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  1. Jovan

    July 30, 2012 at

    This list is a fail! The Washington Huskies, Oregon Ducks and Cal Bears have great Uniforms. Ok, so Oregon has about 15 different uniforms. Pick one, like the white one with the white helmet – it makes them look like running teeth! Lol.

    But the Washington Huskies, with those gold helmets and those gold pants and purple jerseys…or how about the gold helmet with black jersey and pants with the purple and gold trim? That’s probably the coolest uniform in college football!

    And the Cal Bears, with the navy blue and gold trim, always look ready to go.

  2. Bill McCarron

    July 30, 2012 at

    Ecu , missouri, byu, Hawaii, Colorado state and BC are all my fav to go with mentioned ND and Michigan

  3. Billy Brubaker

    July 31, 2012 at

    Of course a scUM grad has scUM number one. THEIR HELMETS REALLY AREN’T THAT COOL!! Where’s Maryland’s uniforms? Can’t miss the black helmet, black jersey, white pants. Definitely unique. You don’t see many state flags sported on uniforms. After all, most are STATE universities!

    • Jeff Weintraub

      July 31, 2012 at

      You completely invalidated any argument you might have by saying that Maryland should be included on this list…they have the worst uniforms in the land, bar none. And as you are an Ohio State fan and clearly an Eleven Warriors subscriber, I would expect nothing less than for you and me to disagree.

      • Anonymous

        July 31, 2012 at

        You realize that Michigan stole their helmet from Michigan State and Princeton way back when?

        You should have clarified that you’re a Michigan grad at the beginning…and then left the bias out of the equation. Poorly done.

        • Jeff Weintraub

          July 31, 2012 at

          I’m well aware that Fritz Crisler brought the helmet with him when he came from Princeton, because he was the one that is credited with inventing it and brought it with him when he came to Michigan to coach. Stolen? I think not.

          • Billy Brubaker

            August 1, 2012 at

            Hey dbag, I’m not a butteye fan. I find it offensive that you would even think that. Not every college football enthusiast is either a scUM fan or butteye fan. Of course you scUM fans walk around with your noses so high in the air that you wouldn’t notice anyone else. Your uniforms suck. Your little ‘rivalry’ game sucks. Your team sucks. Your school sucks. Your list sucks. You suck. Can’t wait for week one when that scoreboard reads BAMA 31 – scUM 0. Then you can go back and cry because the refs lost the game. WAH WAH WAH

          • Casual Observer

            August 1, 2012 at

            Hahaha, thanks for the laugh BB, you could make a living out of hiding behind your computer and being an ignorant sports blog troll!! I haven’t seen a comment as insightful and thought provoking since I gave up Bucknuts to get a life!! *rolls eyes*

          • Alex

            August 5, 2012 at

            From that comment, I’m guessing he’s actually a sparty fan. Hahahaha go blue

  4. Chad

    July 31, 2012 at

    You left Nebraska off your list. Seriously, how fail can you get? I mean…wow. You listed every blue blood except the Cornhuskers. And we’re supposed to take this list seriously? Okie doke.

  5. Jeff Weintraub

    July 31, 2012 at

    Let’s be honest, you could make a top 50 list for Uni’s and there still wouldn’t be enough spots and people would still complain. Completely agree that Washington, Cal and Nebraska all have solid Uni’s, but I felt that there were enough Pac-12 and Big Ten teams on the list already and I was trying to provide some balance. Nebraska got the ax because their Uni’s are already similar to Wisconsin’s, and realistically, could have been included on the same ranking instead of being left out completely. That being said, I stand by the rankings as they are.

  6. justanotherbuckeye

    July 31, 2012 at

    The Ohio State uniform you have pictured is the road uniform, the home uniform has the scarlet jersey.

  7. Gunit

    July 31, 2012 at

    USC? Since when is mustard and ketchup on your clothes attractive? It’s amazing how much better things look when you’re winning.

  8. Gator-Hator

    July 31, 2012 at

    Michigan stole their “unique” uniform from Princeton. Maze and Gold fans can’t argue that they had it first. Princeton was rocking that uniform in the first ever college football game against Rutgers.

    • Jeff Weintraub

      July 31, 2012 at

      Do you mean that Fritz Crisler invented the winged helmet in 1935 while coaching at Princeton, and then when he came to Michigan to be the Head Coach in 1938, he brought it with him? Not sure who the “Maze and Gold” are, but I certainly wasn’t ever arguing that they were the first to have it. Furthermore, in 1869, when that first ever game occurred, nobody was wearing a helmet, so they certainly haven’t been “rocking that uniform” since then. They weren’t even called Princeton back then, they were called the College of New Jersey.

  9. WVUfan

    July 31, 2012 at

    West Virginia should be on the list with the blue on blue. Don’t forget about Boise

  10. Norvin Bodiford

    August 1, 2012 at

    Oklahoma uniforms are crimson & cream not red & white.

    • lmn8nm

      August 22, 2012 at

      Boomer Sooner!!

    • BB2

      November 10, 2012 at

      And where exactly is the cream in OU uniforms. Cream is an official color of the school, but is not used in the uniforms. They are crimson and white.

  11. Guest

    August 4, 2012 at

    I find it hilarious that not only are most of these jerseys boring and plain but the author then comments back by attacking the viewers of the site. I guess he thinks people will come back to visit if he calls them names and belittles them.

  12. Will

    August 5, 2012 at

    You’re what we call back home a retard that moter boats rims. anyways next time u think about doing a top 25 Uniforms most of your top 25 u only went by just the helmet. oh and by the way Michigan still sucks!!!!

  13. E. Russell

    August 5, 2012 at

    Colorado should have made this list.

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  15. BECK

    August 19, 2012 at

    This list is a biased attempt to fall in line with actual journalists. You ran off a list of “blue-bloods” and tossed in Northwestern. WVU has a couple of awesome looking uniforms, TCU has a couple of uniforms that are really nice. Baylor, Rutgers and UMASS are stepping up. Penn State, Florida, Texas haven’t improved anything. They are iconic yes, best not even close. Oregon will always have the coolest or best uniforms. If Nike gave the Top 25 teams right now 50 million, all schools would have amazing shit going on.

  16. dv727

    August 19, 2012 at


  17. Anthony

    September 5, 2012 at

    How can you have a ‘best uni list’ and NOT have the Washington Huskies Purple and Gold home on your list. They are easily the best looking in all of football. This list is TRASH!!!

  18. Dakotah Raines

    October 20, 2012 at

    WTH is up with this list!? My UK Wildcats have some pretty beast Uni’s this season!

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  20. Chuck

    January 9, 2013 at

    Cool list. In my opinion the 2 U.T. should flip. The 1st and original U.T. to people who dont know which was original U.T. it University of Tennessee Volunteer Orange is alot better than Texas’s Burnt Orange. I also like the Power T on the helmet better than Longhorn cow head. The Orange Line going down middle of helmet also helps out. The Oregon Uniform in article is only one I liked. They get little to crazy! Also glad Maryland didnt make the list. Didnt see 2012 uniform but 2011 uniforms were hideous especially the one they wore on ESPN Thursday night game that had state flag helmets had to be num.1 on worst uniform of 2011 2012’s worst helmet had to go to Virginia Tech’s Turkey helmet they wore against I believe they wore during Boston College game. Thats just my 2 cents.

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