Pac-12: uniforms

Thanks to Arizona State, college football finally has "anthracite" uniforms.

That's the official color, along with copper, of the Sun Devils' new alternate uniforms that were unveiled Monday. The Pac-12 blog doesn't fancy itself a place for fashion advice, but ASU's new look has to be considered one of the best alternate options in the country -- specifically the new helmet.

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Courtesy of ASUArizona State's new uniform combination pays tribute to a longtime state industry.
In the release for the uniforms, ASU took a not-so-subtle swipe at its in-state rival to the south, noting the Sun Devils "became the first school in Arizona in 2012 to use its team uniforms to honor the state’s long history as a top copper-producing state." Arizona added copper to its uniforms last season.

“We wanted to pay homage to this great state while keeping the team’s look consistent," coach Todd Graham said. "We are one of the top few teams in the nation with as many looks and combinations as we have, and this plays an important role in building a national fanbase and molding Arizona State University into a household name.”

Let's be honest, though. Uniforms are for the players and, perhaps more importantly, the players they are trying to recruit as noted by quarterback Taylor Kelly.

“As players, we love to look like one of a kind on the field," he said. "Uniforms are important because they have a huge impact on recruiting and our fan base, and this new looks is awesome and very unique in a number of ways, especially the gray and copper chrome facemask.”

The new helmet is the 10th in the past three seasons and the team now has four jerseys and five pairs of pants to pick from. No word yet on when they'll first wear the new look.
Oregon Uniforms NikeOregon's new uniforms feature more of the feather design on the shoulders seen in the Rose Bowl.
Lots of college football teams have been unveiling new uniforms in recent weeks (we'll have the full breakdown in the annual Uni Watch season-preview column next week), but there's one team that always gets the highest billing: Oregon. And today the Ducks officially unveiled their new look for 2012.

Or least it's sort of new. It's actually just an extension of the design they wore in the Rose Bowl in January, with the super-feathery wings on the shoulders (as opposed to the simpler wings they've worn in recent years). There are four different jersey options, but for now the Ducks and Nike are being coy about how many pant and helmet colors will be available for mixing and matching. Word through the grapevine is that this metallic green helmet will be part of the mix.

Personally, I always liked the winged jerseys from the past few years and don't particularly care for the new feathered design. But that's just my take. What's yours?



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