When we think about the American West, the ideas of new frontiers, exploration and manifest destiny come to mind. Naturally, then, we should look to the West for the future of college football uniforms.
One feature of the new uniforms I have noticed (and frankly dislike) is that many of these designs include colors that are not the official colors of their respective schools. Another huge influence on these uniforms is Nike. In either case, it appears the uniforms, including those in the Pac-12, are meeting the needs of the 21st century and never turning back.
The connection between the Pac-12 and the new uniforms is perhaps more unique than any other across the country. Phil Knight, a co-founder of Nike, has helped make Oregon the poster program for new-age uniform designs. Knight attended Oregon and Stanford, both of which call the Pac-12 home. Nike, of course, is the global sportswear giant that has turned Knight into the 23rd wealthiest individual in the USA.
It’s worth noting that No. 23 was worn by the biggest Nike endorser ever: Michael Jordan (sorry, Tiger Woods). But back to college football.
With member institution Oregon leading the way, we cannot forget that the rest of the Pac-12 has also made design changes to its own uniforms. I have power ranked the uniform designs of the conference in this slideshow.
Today, many programs have multiple uniform designs that they wear—not just Oregon—but I have tried to focus on the standard designs and discount the “alternates.” This ranking is purely subjective, so I wouldn’t expect the lot of you to agree with me, but at least we get to look at the updated designs of Pac-12 football uniforms that will hit the field in 2013.
With that, let’s start the list.