Oregon uniformsThere are several new uniforms in college football that are just flat-out awesome. We're talking a major break from traditional approaches. Maryland (in the video above), Georgia, Boise State, Arizona, and, of course, Oregon, have some flashy looks.

Could it be that the wild uniforms of the GFL are inspiring designers at Nike and UnderArmour?

Case in point: here is the description of the Grontak Hydras uniforms, taken from THE ROOKIE (podcast in 2007):
"The Hydras were 0-1, but drastically better than the Woo Wallcrawlers. The Hydras wore white jerseys with bright red numbers and yellow trim. The jerseys looked normal, but their leg armor was painted a bizarre red-and-yellow checkerboard pattern."

Check out this slideshow from the New York Times that shows new uniforms of nine teams. And, here's a related article from the Times that talks about this trend. 

When I wrote about the uniforms of the GFL, I thought far-future teams would stray from the boring, predictable styles we've had for decades. I didn't know the change would come this fast, however, and I am enjoying it.


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New uniforms

I hated this maryland uniform when I watched the game but when I learned it was based on the state flag it began growing on me.  Many of these new unis I find hard to take but I do like that the designers and schools are trying to break out of the aoen old molds of uniforms.  Somebody please fix the Georgia one though.  That looks like the UNLV uniform designed after a weekend of hard drinking in the casinos of Las Vegas.  I like the Michigan State one in the slide show link you sent.  Those will be fun to watch against your Maize and Blue.  Where can I get me a pair of those Spartan gloves?

 

So here's to hoping for more GFL inspiriation of the uniforms.  Taking the hiccups of nasuea inducing designs comes with creating great new looks.

 

 

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I agree with Ghost...

 It is nice to see that they are breaking off of the norm and livening up some of those sometimes dull aspects of football!

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Does someone go into the park and, uh... lift up the dinosaurs' skirts?

 

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Does someone go into the park and, uh... lift up the dinosaurs' skirts?

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I'm sorry but...

... these are freaking football players! The only things that should be on their minds is taking the QB's head off, protecting the QB from getting his head taken off, destroying the ball carrier and (if you're a ball carrier) juking good enough to avoid getting destroyed, not how flashy their uniforms are. I heard a thing on NPR this morning about this very thing and they said that schools are trying to appeal to the fashion sense of potential prospects. That seems like little more than a distraction to me. These young men shouldn't be worried about how they look on the field, they should be concerned only with how they perform. The last thing in the world that colleges should be encouraging in these young players is showboat "Deion Sanders"-type attitudes.

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I am crazier than a padded room full of Charlie Mansons! Sgt. Renee Jordan PUMC, PUV James Keeling
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Brown and Green Camouflage

That's what my nephew said one of the teams they played last year wore.  He thought it was cheating since they could never tell who had the ball and sometimes even couldn't figure out where the players were going.  They still won in OT,63-60. He's 13 so they are starting this trend in middle school now.
What kills us, doesn't make us stronger.

What kills us, doesn't make us stronger.
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Swear to High One

I thought "Go Krackens" When I saw the last one on the slide-show (Arizona State). It's not orange, but there's something Kracken-ish about it to me.

I don't follow {real life} sports at all, so I'm not really sure what has so many people on edge (for OR against). The Maryland one in the video above is actually very bold and creative. Even though the patterns are very busy, so much the of the uniform is white that it perfectly balances the chaos. The rest seem to stick to a single flat color with a logo, some lines, and numbers. It's probably cheaper that way for most schools. I don't care WHAT it's based on, it's sooooooooooooooooooooo based the Hydras uniform. :D



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What next

Will they have different colours for the offence and defence soon and swap them around or have 4 different strips for home and away another way for the major sports clothing manufacture to make more $$$ out of the loyal fans and supporters

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The FDO as fashionista trend setter

All great leaders lead in every area... Scott, You are ahead of the curve!!!

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But are they making them out of Kevlar yet?

Ve veri veniversum vivus vici (idea’s cannot be killed)


Ideas sunt immortales,  estis non. (Ideas are immortal, you are not.)
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Good Point, but...

Once upon a time, I was a player.  Right before my senior year we got all new gear.  It gives you a swaggre and a confidence.  Mentality is a big part of the game as well as physicality.  It give you pride also.  

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May barbarians invade your personal space!
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seahawks could have used them

im sure that whoopin hurt this weekend...

"all I can do is read a book to stay awake... it rips my life away, but it's a great escape!"

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my health teacher was in the seahawks

2 years but an injury got him cut

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The Sigler is ahead of the times as usual

I lkie There is Arizona State’s new look, which includes a redesigned Sun Devils pitchfork on the helmet that resembles a medieval alchemy symbol crossed with a corporate flow chart.

 

 

You think things are rough in the GFL? Try being a dwarf in turtle armor riding a 7 ton t-Rex into a death match.

You think things are rough in the GFL? Try being a dwarf in turtle armor riding a 7 ton t-Rex into a death match.
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Along the same lines...

I love what the University of Hawai'i did with their uniforms.  They incorporated a tattoo-like print around one leg of the uniform, which is a homage to the nature of tattoos in traditional Polynesian cultures.

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Torn

I love the idea of schools like Arizona State changing it up but there are some icons that shouldn't, like Notre Dame. And if Penn State ever changes uniforms my head may expliode

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