Breaking away from on-field performance metrics briefly, today’s 2011 recap article is focused on the uniforms the ACC‘s players adorn on the field. While not necessarily as unique as the Pac-12, the ACC tries to make up for it in classic design (well, almost). For that, we thank them.
10. Miami Hurricanes Orange Home Jersey (White Pants): Recalling the glory days of the 1980s, Miami‘s are a favorite of mine in all of college football. Like most Nike jerseys, there’s definitely some unnecessary piping throughout, but it can be ignored on the orange version of their set. Most importantly, the ‘Canes’ custom font remains unique in today’s landscape, which is refreshing.
9. Boston College Eagles Maroon Home Jersey (Gold Pants): This year’s Boston College uniform lacked shock value, but it made up for it with a traditional simplicity that most fans can appreciate. Never trying to do too much, the most unique aspect becomes its custom font, which BC has been using in its branding since it moved to the league (and slightly beforehand, as well).
8. North Carolina Tar Heels White Away Jersey (Powder Blue Pants): From a branding standpoint, North Carolina‘s greatest asset is its powder (ahem — “Carolina”) blue coloring. So, it’s always great to see them embrace it without going overboard (no one wants to see an all-powder football uniform, a la 80s baseball alternates).
7. Syracuse Orange Blue Jersey (Orange Pants): Another classic look, this one recalls grander days in Syracuse football history, namely the period from 1987 through 2001. To be honest, as long as these atrocities never see the light of day again, I’d be happy with my team (well, along with actually qualifying for the postseason, that is).
6. Florida State Seminoles Red Home Jersey (Gold Pants): With slightly more embellishment than BC, Florida State’s tribal markings on the neckline and sleeves add some personality and heritage to what would otherwise look a little stale. Also worth noting that the red facemask, and pride stickers make the set that much more impressive (as opposed to gray mask and no stickers, respectively).
5. Clemson Tigers Orange Home Jersey (White Pants): A basic, clean look that Clemson‘s been sporting for years. Nothing crazy going on with the numbers, and I can always respect a properly executed non-solid pants stripe. Also, it’s much better than its home jersey cousin, the all-orange look.
4. Virginia Tech Hokies White Away Jersey (Orange Pants): Virginia Tech strayed from its more respectable roots in the past decade, allowing Nike to add unnecessary side panels, piping, etc. Thankfully, they hit the reset button last year and got back to basics — specifically in reference to the shoulder stripes, which are gaining popularity again throughout the FBS.
3. Virginia Tech Hokies Alternate Orange Home Jersey (White Pants, Alternate White Helmet): As mentioned directly above, Tech has taken several great uniform sets out of the dustbin, and this is another winner. The throwback mark on the helmet is a real winner (it’s also featured on the neckline of their primary jerseys) and stands out well on the white helmet. Orange and maroon were already a unique combination for a college football uniform, but this layout makes it seem subtle.
2. Virginia Tech Hokies Maroon Home Jersey (White Pants): Avoiding the obligatory double-color combination is very much appreciated in this primary home set for Virginia Tech. And while it may seem like overkill to have so many Hokies uniforms in a row near the top of this list, you have to give credit where credit’s due. Hopefully, a few teams that have erred in uniform design of late use this as an example of how to fix it. We’re talking to you, Maryland.
1. North Carolina Tar Heels Powder Blue Home Jersey (White Pants): As much as I enjoyed Virginia Tech’s uniform sets, it’s impossible to ignore how awesome UNC’s Carolina blue home duds are. Involving just enough navy blue to really draw attention to the lighter shade, the only thing that could possibly make these better would be argyle panels on the side, to mirror their basketball counterparts. Though apparently, according to this graphic via UniWatch, argyle is, in fact included.