College football's best-looking new uniforms entering 2017 season
Practice jerseys will be shed starting Aug. 26, ushering in the new college football season along with the latest crop of flashy new uniforms in 2017.
From traditional-looking apparel to modern looks and vibrant color schemes, the preseason has already introduced handfuls of new uniform teases. Here's a collection of the top new looks that have been revealed:
The Bruins have always had a classic blue and gold look. It's only been enhanced by their partnership with Under Armour. UCLA's new 2017 uniforms, unveiled on July 15, largely stay true to their roots with "Powderkeg" blue home threads and white away jerseys. However, the colors appear sharper and the jersey features a new custom "Bruin Block" font for numbers and names. Meanwhile, the program's gold helmets remain almost untouched except for an alteration in the helmet decal color, which now matches the blue on the jersey.
Overall, this is a prime example of how sticking to minor changes can foster great results. UCLA will debut its blue home jerseys in Week 1 against Texas A&M at the Rose Bowl.
Of course, opting for a complete uniform overhaul is sometimes nice too. Take Arizona, who introduced nine new combinations on June 27. The helmets — there are five of them — are perhaps the highlight of the new look with a sleak dark blue matte option and a red chrome alternative leading the way. As for the complete uniforms, the all-white look stands out as clean, as does the blue helmets and blue jerseys with white pants. Not all of the combinations are a hit, but they're a vast improvement over Arizona's former options.
Boise State has always been considered a blue collar program for its year-in, year-out consistency as a premiere Group of 5 representative. Now the Broncos will literally sport blue collars as part of their newly-introduced "Blue Collar" series. Boise State revealed its new blue, white and orange jerseys on May 30. Each option features the blue collar and sleeve stripes. Fans are used to seeing the Broncos suit up in blue and white, but orange is a nice wrinkle thrown into the scheme.
This is Boise State's first major uniform change since 2011.
The Utes swapped in a "Utah Stripe" for its mountain design on their shoulder pads as part of this preseason's tri-color reveal on May 17. Utah kept it simple with all-black, all-red and all-white combos that will be mixed and matched throughout the year.
Last year, one of the highlights for Utah's uniforms came when the program debuted hand-painted designer helmets against USC. We'll have to wait and see if that concept is incorporated once again in 2017.
The hype is real. pic.twitter.com/Ttm9pnYxJG— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) June 16, 2017
Penn State's classic look isn't going anywhere. But for one game, the Nittany Lions will be mixing and matching to honor past teams from four different decades. On Sept. 30 against Indiana, Penn State will wear throwbacks that feature blue numbers on white helmets to pay homage to the 1950-70s Nittany Lions, white cleats (1979 Sugar Bowl) and white shoulder trims (1982 and 1986 national championship years). Those are just some of the elements being incorporated into the special gameday.
Combining features from different decades is a risky call, but it appears Penn State has found the perfect balance.
After back-to-back bowl trips, Washington State heads into 2017 with high expectations and three new uniforms that can be mixed and matched. The Cougars' new combinations include crimson, white and anthracite gray, presented by Nike. The sharpness and contrast between the uniform numbers and jerseys are a big improvement. The all-white uniforms with red numbers is basic but clean, and the all-anthracite look is very unique.
Nevada's previous uniforms were pretty forgettable. But with a new bold font, the Wolf Pack are making a bold statement in 2017. Blue and white jerseys now sport "Nevada" in big, bold lettering across the chest and is paired with dark blue matte helmets and either white or silver pants. The pants also bear the state's signia "Battle Born" across both legs. For the first time in four seasons, the Wolf Pack will also feature players' names on the back of the jerseys.
How about Oregon?
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Love them or hate them, fans can always count on the Oregon Ducks to suit up in unorthodox combinations every year. But this season, Oregon will stick to "more traditional colors," according to The Oregonian.
That doesn't mean the Ducks will stop trying out new combinations, but expect a lot more green and yellow to return to the scheme rather than blue and orange, according to The Oregonian's April article.