Oregon Football Uniforms: Grading the Ducks' Latest New Look

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2012

Photo credit: Oregon's official website
Photo credit: Oregon's official website

Though the college football season is in its third week, it never feels truly right until the Oregon Ducks break out a cavalcade of uniform changes.

Well, look no further. The Ducks will debut their newest digs in a home clash against the Tennessee State Golden Eagles on Saturday, and we've got the scoop (via Oregon's official website).

Over recent seasons, the Oregon name has become synonymous with uniform innovation. The Ducks' relationship with Nike chairman Phil Knight has afforded the team a seemingly never-ending supply of changes, and the uniforms almost switch on a weekly basis.

Sometimes, those changes make Oregon stand out in the crowd for all the right reasons. Other times, you get an atrocious bright gold helmet.

How do these uniforms check out? Here's a breakdown of the new Oregon look and grades for each facet. 


Helmet: A

Admittedly, I'm a sucker for dark green and metallic colors, so this helmet is almost catered specifically to me. 

Nevertheless, it completely works. The helmet provides almost a perfect marriage between the slightly lighter green color and the black feathers adorning the shoulder pads.

Oregon has had problems with helmets in the past, but this is not one of those instances.


Jersey: C+

Relatively standard grade, as nothing about these jerseys particularly stands out in the crowd. The Ducks have been at the forefront of innovation with changes in the past, so these are more than a little disappointing.

It is still a solid look, but it's one we have seen many times before.


Pants: B-

Though the gray pants work perfectly as a contrast to the dark colors of the uniform's upper half, they are still relatively conservative for an Oregon look. 

If we're going to continue making a big deal out of these uniform unveilings, Nike's staff will need more of a wow factor going forward.


Cleats: A

Working in perfect harmony with the pants, this look once again proves why Nike is the biggest shoe company in the world. 

With meticulous details down to color matching and the graphics, look for other schools to copy this look in the coming weeks.


Gloves: C

All standard issue yet again here with the gloves.

I've never been a fan of Nike spelling its company name out on both hands. It seems like a sound strategy in theory, but it never looks quite right.


Overall: B-

Oregon has always been a guinea pig of sorts for Nike to try out the latest attempts at company innovation. Well, if these jerseys are a sign of things to come, look for a more conservative approach going forward.

There is nothing wrong with this uniform, but it's certainly not going to stand out in the crowd. For any other team, that would be understandable. However, recent years have taught us to expect more out of the Ducks.