The first weekend of college football certainly had its share of, um, memorable looks (well, unless you've already blotted them out by doing a clean install of your brain). Here are some of the highlights -- or lowlights, depending on your point of view:
• Oklahoma State goes ashen: For reasons that aren't entirely clear, gray is a "hot" color in design circles at the moment. This is fine if you're wearing, say, a gray cashmere sweater or a gray flannel suit. Not so great if you're wearing a gray football jersey. Of course, "gray" is too simple a color name, so let's call it "cigarette ash," or maybe just "dirt." By any name, it's a pretty weird choice for the season-opening game, right? It's like saying to your fans, "Hi -- blahh." The good news: The Cowboys have several other jerseys to choose from. The bad news: They also have gray pants and a gray helmet waiting in the wings.
• UGA goes Ocean Spray: In theory, a two-tone facemask sounds like a cool idea; in practice, it makes you look like someone gave you a bloody lip. OK, so it probably wasn't even a good idea in theory, but it was probably better than the rest of Georgia's
uniform costume on Saturday. The good news: This was a one-off design that won't be worn again this season. The bad news: Since UGA lost, someone at Nike is probably saying, "The uniforms weren't crazy enough. We'll come up with something even crazier for them next year!"
• Maryland goes bonkers: In case you were under a very large rock last night, the Terps were in court jester mode. For some reason I kept thinking the players looked like living chess pieces. Like, was the play call in the huddle, "Knight to king's bishop four" or something? The good news: No team can possibly go further around the bend than this. The bad news: Sure they can.