Boise State Football: Grading Broncos' New Uniforms for Matchup vs. UNLV
You know it wouldn't be college football season if some team wasn't out there trying to gain all of the attention with a uniform change.
As we head into Week 8 of the regular season, it is the Boise State Broncos that have decided that the current uniforms simply just aren't good enough.
When the Broncos host the 1-6 UNLV Rebels this weekend, Boise will have a "black out" and will debut its new uniforms. As usual, the new look is drawing mixed reactions, as some love what the Broncos have done, while others are just hoping that this trend of switching wardrobes will eventually come to an end.
Regardless of whether you like it or not, let's break these bad boys down and see if they approve with the rest of the college football world.
Where is the blue and orange?
If you are looking for traditional colors on this uniform, I hope the orange and blue trim is enough to satisfy your taste buds. Boise State went with a black jersey that will feature orange and blue highlights around the numbers across the chest.
The black look is really a shot in the dark if you were hoping for more of a traditional look. But if you are a sucker for black uniforms, like me, the jersey is something you could really get used to seeing each and every week.
Can the uniform designers head over to South Bend and teach Notre Dame how to properly design a helmet?
The Bronco logo, which has always been kind of neat looking, looks absolutely amazing on the all-black helmet. The silver outline of the logo makes the helmet really pop, and the orange eye of the Bronco is enough to intimidate the toughest defenders.
You really can't go wrong when it comes to a black uniform concept, but the helmet likely outdid everybody's expectations, including the designers themselves.
You can throw tradition completely out the window when it comes to this look, as this is a team that is known for its original colors of blue and orange. When you think of those two colors, Boise State is one of the first teams that comes to mind.
This is obviously black, which has many Bronco fans upset, according to Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman.
I WILL NOT WEAR IT ON A GAME DAY as it is a VANDAL Color not ours! ... Where’s the respect due to the BRONCO FAITHFUL! I don’t remember a vote to change BSU Bronco colors. WE ARE “NOT” IDAHO VANDALS!! Our BSU Bronco colors are BLUE & ORANGE! We hope you are not saying we are attending a funeral at next weeks game & need to wear BLACK. WE WILL NOT WEAR IDAHO VANDAL COLORS to our game.
That was from an email that was sent to Murphy by a livid Boise State fan. Crossing the line of tradition has always been the problem with uniform changes. And it is clear that you don't have to be a school such as Michigan or Notre Dame to respect the tradition of your program.
This is certainly not what anybody expected from a Boise State uniform.
If the name of the team wasn't on the front of the jersey, you probably would need many guesses before you figured out who this look belonged to.
It looks absolutely nothing like what the Broncos usually wear on Saturdays, and while that can be a bad thing for most schools, Boise State seems to have pulled it off quite nicely. Unless you are a fan of the program, there is a good chance you like the new look and consider the wow factor a good thing.
If you bleed orange and blue, there is a great chance you consider the change disgusting.
You can't go wrong with black included in your uniform. In fact, the more black that is included, the better the overall uniform is probably going to look. There is just something about black apparel and football that seems to go together like peanut butter and jelly.
It may not sit well with many Bronco fans, but once Boise State crushes UNLV this weekend, everybody will forget about the change like it never happened.
The helmets are by far the best college football has seen this season, and it is cool to see programs take a risk once in a while and actually have them pay off for once. After all, we have seen many schools try to reach for the stars and fall off the face of the earth with many wacky changes.
Overall, Boise State may be able to give Oregon some competition, as even last year’s new look wasn't bad.
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