Power To the Purple: Ranking College Football's Most Vicious in Violet
So many schools have similar uniform colors, with reds and blues dominating the college world. A few schools are a little more unique.
Only six college football teams wear purple uniforms. As such, I thought it would be fun to do a pre-season ranking of these schools.
While several schools have declined of late, purple power looks to come back this season with a gusto. All have had some measure of success in the past.
7. Kansas State
Bill Snyder has come back to try to bring back Wildcats to the top of the Big 12 North.
Unfortunately, things are almost as bad now as they were back when Snyder first coached by K-State years ago. It might take awhile.
6. University of Washington
Last year's horrible season is a decent memory. Jake Locker is back. New coach Steve Sarkisian hopes to bring the Huskies back to respectability.
It cannot get worse, but a bowl game may be difficult to reach this year.
Last year the Wilcats won nine games, and yet only defeated one team of note, Iowa.
It really was not as good as the record indicates. This year will be a rebuilding year, and NW will struggle.
Orange should never go with purple, but the Clemson Tigers have that crazy combination. Clemson fell apart last year after losing to Alabama. This year they face an improved ACC with their new coach. Watch for the battle of the Purple Power when TCU comes to play.
3. East Carolina
Last year the Pirates shocked the world and Virginia Tech and West Virginia to start the season. Skip Holtz stayed around rather than take a BCS job elsewhere.
Injuries and suspensions took their toll, but the Pirates still won Conference USA. The Pirates look to shock the world again.
Last year the Tigers had one of their lowest seasons in this decade. The mighty fell quickly, going 3-5 through its last eight regular season games.
Only the coming out of Jordan Jefferson and the win at the Chick-fil-A Bowl brought the season to a reasonable end.
With a top ten pre-season ranking, LSU looks to come back. But is it for real? The SEC West looks especially tough this year.
Last year the Frogs secured a No. 7 ranking, a victory over previously undefeated Boise in the bowl game, and the No. 1 ranked defense.
This year, the Frogs look to come back and get a BCS bid. Gary Patterson has created a monster in Fort Worth.