The Jayhawks' red, white and blue works like a charm in The Phog but not so much on the gridiron. The simple patterns are likeable but the KU logo — or the Jayhawk — doesn't exactly conjure an image of an elite college football program. The uniforms have always felt a little juvenile in the grand scheme of the powerhouse programs in their conference — those who generally use some form of orange or crimson.
This uniform has come a long way in two decades. And every year it seems to get just a little bit edgier and more exciting. Purple and black is a tough combo to make look traditional, so TCU has embraced the new wave of metallic paint schemes, bizarre trim and accent patterns with multiple alternate wardrobes. The Frogs' duds are getting better but still have a mid-major feel to them.
Depending on where the Cyclones are playing, Iowa State either looks like a bad Sun Belt team or an esteemed Big 12 stalwart. The home uniforms look like an arena team with a horrendous amount of red and yellow. However, the road whites (pictured) have a certain old-school feel that makes them much more pleasing to the eye.
At times, these uniforms are hard to take seriously. The edgy, new-style look works for some teams — like, say, the Oregon Ducks or Seattle Seahawks — but the Big East-type look doesn't fit as well way out in West Texas. The road whites look much better than the home get-up, for what it's worth.
It's hard to know where to rank the Cowboys. The all blacks pictured with the fan-favorite matte black helmets is actually a pretty smooth look. However, these all orange diddies are pretty much hideous. The more traditional orange tops with white helmets and pants is a pretty solid look for home games, and the all-white roads are just as effective. But adding bizarro greys and all orange overdoses just don't work.
The Mountaineers don't exactly have the most traditional feel or look to their very busy uniforms. However, blue and gold are two of the more traditional (and likeable) colors in the uniform pallet. With new digs set to debut this year (shown), there is still just too much going on with most of WVU's unis. The all whites with a new white helmet look awesome and could be their best outfit. The yellows look very Cal Golden Bears-ish (which is mediocre), but the blues now trimmed with black look second rate and very mid-major.
Clean, classic, unchanging but also unique is how best to describe the Kansas State purple and silver uniform. There isn't a lot going on with these other than some old-fashioned stripes on the shoulders and pants. The logo is simple, the colors fit nicely together and the team embraces it's purple heritage by not adding modern piping or too many accents. This is an underrated outfit.
Up until Art Briles showed up, Baylor had horrendous uniforms with ugly helmets. But some teams need modern touches to improve the look and feel of their program. Adding edgy shoulder pad stitching, green stripes to the pants and turning the helmets white has given Baylor an awesome look. The all-white motif shown here is one of the best looking modern outfits in college football today. The advice to Baylor would be use the gold sparingly and for special occasions.
There is no doubt who the top two uniforms in the Big 12 are: Oklahoma and Texas. The two football powerhouses' attires are steeped in clean, classic, plain tradition. The Crimson and the Cream are a perfect example of an old-school uniform with no frills, quirky piping or silly helmets. Some teams should never go down the Oregon/Maryland path of dressing and the Sooners are one of them.
Like the Sooners, the no frills and ordinary style of the Burnt Orange is awesome. The all-white look shown here are as smooth a uniform as there is in the nation. With even fewer accents than Oklahoma — like plain pants — Texas offers one of, if not the, most classic styles in all of college football. The orange tops not only match the style of Austin campus and the Longhorns' mascot but it also just looks like football. And the white helmets with the classic and unique Longhorn logo also get two big thumbs up.
All things considered, which Big 12 stadium is the best? The worst?
Fall Saturdays are special.
Small towns, huge crowds, tailgating, bands, cheerleaders and student sections are just a few of the reasons college football is the best sport on the planet. When campuses jump to life across the nation each weekend in the fall, college stadiums become a staging ground for history.
Who are the greatest college running backs of the BCS era?
Greatness is defined in so many different ways. Statistical production, individual awards, team success, longevity, supporting cast, level of competition, raw talent and athletic ability all factor heavily in determining overall greatness. Sometimes, you simply know greatness when you see it.
So all factors were considered when trying to determine who the greatest running backs of the BCS era have been. Here are the Top 50 ball carriers since the BCS was implemented in 1998:
Spring practice and final scrimmages aren’t always the most exciting part of college football, but there are a few noteworthy highlights each year.
Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett provided one of those moments on Saturday, as the junior was targeted by quarterback Daniel Sams in the back of the end zone. However, the ball was tipped by the safety, which resulted in Lockett bouncing it twice off his hands before catching it for a touchdown.
Baylor's Lache Seastrunk ranks as the top Big 12 running back for 2013.
With Lache Seastrunk’s emergence late in the 2012 season, and another solid year from Kansas’ James Sims, the Big 12 has two top-tier options for 2013. Seastrunk was on a tear at the end of the year and should post even bigger numbers with a full season as Baylor’s No. 1 back. Sims missed three games last year, yet finished with more than 1,000 yards.