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SEC Football Uniform Power Rankings: Part II

Anyone who knows me and my weird sports habits will tell you I’m kind of obsessed about uniforms and logos. I analyze critique, bash and appreciate all the little things in a jersey. When I saw Uni-Watch do their countdown of all 122 uniforms in the four major American professional sports recently, it made me go for my own rankings in SEC football. Lists are always great but even better for this year, because several schools have fresh looks for the coming season, including our two new friends from the west.

The rules of the Power Rankings are simple: It’s all opinion-based. The rankings consider school colors, how they utilize them, uniform elements such as an old school classic look as well as new-age designs are measured and each valued equally for what they bring to the team and overall look, as well as small bonus items like a nice helmet or extreme detail will bump teams up, or down if they do it wrong..

This is part two of the SEC Football Uniform Power Rankings: Nos. 7 thru 1. If you missed part one of the Power Rankings, check them out before going on to the top half.

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No. 7 Auburn: Auburn is just a timeless SEC look. The old school vertical triple-stripe down the pants, and horizontal across the shoulder, along with the big block numbers make Auburn easy to like, because they don’t do anything too wild. The blue and orange color scheme isn’t always easy to work with, but the Tigers pull it off well. Their attempt to get crazy with alternate orange tops is a nice attempt, and they look fine while reminding me a lot of the Chicago Bears. But just wearing orange as an alternate is pretty ho-hum for this day and age.

No. 6 Vanderbilt: The Commodores are fresh off a complete and much-needed uniform revamp. The old uniforms were outdated and didn’t fit with the program James Franklin is trying to build. The new design is edgy with plenty of black that the kids love, and the all-white (with a white helmet) will make for a great whiteout promotion the fans can get around. The only thing holding the ‘Dores back is the black shoulders on the gold top – which is a huge mistake. Not a good flow there. Overall, a great upgrade from what was a bland design, but still could be much better.

No. 5 Alabama: The Crimson Tide has been wearing these Nike Pro Combat uniforms for a few seasons now, and they look very sharp. It is classic and refined. Hard to beat another timeless look with the numbers on the helmet; Alabama pulls it off very well. Not much to say about these unis because there is not much to them. This is a solid Crimson Tide tradition that should and will never be significantly altered. Many people love this design, but Alabama doesn’t rank any higher than No. 5 because of the lack of uniform design elements.

 

No. 4 Florida: The triple stripe theme continues down the pants and across the shoulders. The uniqueness of the “Gators” script on the helmet is iconic, and the blue on orange is bold and intimidating, especially in bowels of The Swamp. Take a tip: the Nike Pro Combats Florida wore back in 2009 are fantastic, and they should really take elements from this in a tweak, or just reuse the uniform again. And the all-white alternates with the alternate-logo helmet is a great look too (ignore the model, please). My only suggestion for Florida is to just never ever do this again. Overall, Florida is the highest-ranked “classic look.”

 

No. 3 Kentucky: Here is our Cats, and we already know they have some really nice uniforms with a lot of combinations of black, white and blue. What’s more is the new look tied the basketball uniform and the football uniform together in a way most other schools can’t compare. The checkerboard design is a really unique pattern that is pronounced enough to be eye-catching, but not overly obnoxious. Nike used the perfect amount to not go overboard while giving a really unique look just for Kentucky: a new-age look while having an old school feel. The alternate blacks and white helmets is an excellent recruiting tool for the coaching staff, and as you know, look great on the field.

No. 2 Arkansas: Nike owns the top five by a mile, and here for Arkansas who will have a completely new look this season. It is probably a good thing coming off the Bobby Petrino fiasco; now is the time for change in more ways than one. The new uniforms are exactly what recruits want: all-black and all-white alternates, and for the coaches, the perfect scheme to get the focus of the program back on the football field. The Razorback logo looks great on the helmet, and they didn’t skimp on the detail all around either. The hog emblem on the front, the fade in the numbers, and the trim on the shoulders are the little things which complete this design. Bonus points for the alternate white helmet with the white logo as well. Overall Arkansas will have one of the nicest combinations of uniforms of anyone in the nation.

No. 1 Missouri: Awesome, awesome, awesome. Did I mention awesome? The conference realignment brought a new and exciting design to the Missouri Tigers football team, and it looks absolutely fantastic. Leave it to Nike to come up with some of the best looking uniforms in the country. Black and yellow, all while or all black, it doesn’t matter. The Mizzou unis will look ferocious on the field no matter what. As for the black shoulders on the road whites, this is how it’s done. (Compare this to Vandy’s black shoulders and you’ll see the difference.) Get a close up on the alternate helmets which are a unique variation on the traditional Tiger logo. Oh, and don’t even get me started on how nice their new basketball uniforms are, either. Those black tops are sick.

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The countdown is complete. The top four, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Florida were all a close call. Their new uniforms are very sharp and it’s truly a toss-up for which is best. I gave the nod to the Razorbacks and Tigers just because of the newness factor. Kentucky will be entering their second season with the “new” design — and while it is a great look — isn’t as fresh as the other guys.

Where did I go wrong? Did I value a team too highly or too critically? What is the worst uniform in the SEC in your opinion? What is the best? If you missed part one where I ranked the bottom half of the league, be sure to check it out too.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

41 Comments for SEC Football Uniform Power Rankings: Part II



  1. stan
    5:08 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Wow,we made top 4??



  2. John Wall
    5:17 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky blue just looks so good!



  3. David19
    5:18 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Arkansas’ shoulder logo, the topline profile of a razorback hog, is reminiscent of the shoulder logo of their greatest fball playing alum, the Chargers Lance Alworth. Who, for my money, was the most exciting fball player I ever saw.



  4. theWilkman
    5:20 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Say what you want about the football program but our uniforms are definitely sharp. Love the all blue, and I also love when we bust out the white helmets



  5. schwing
    5:25 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    omg, you actually went through with it and posted part 2.



  6. BoDiazSatelliteService
    5:28 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    You have Florida at #4, not Vandy.



  7. omg
    5:33 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    In a conference full of tradition you chose the uniforms from the newest team with the newest “fads” in uniform design. EPIC FAIL…



  8. Old roommate
    5:33 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Stu, Bama should be no lower than No. 2. I agree Missouri’s new unis are nice, as well as Arkansas’, but the Tide look is timeless.

    Also, why do so many SEC teams use maroon?? Only Bama has a nice shade, since it’s crimson. South Carolina’s maroon is just ugly.



  9. stupid
    5:46 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    UK uni’s ahead of Alabama, Florida, Auburn, LSU.. lol come on KSR. “How close can we put UK to the top with out it being obvious? Ok, yeah go with #3”.



  10. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    5:56 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    If you ain’t got Bama #1 then you need to get your mind right.



  11. Ricky Bobby
    6:13 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    If you’re not first your’re last.



  12. your mom
    6:24 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    You missed the boat, simple and timeless is the best. The new crap will always become outdated.



  13. your mom
    6:25 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    #10 has the correct answer.



  14. JayCee
    6:35 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    #8 and #10 are correct. It’s Bama and it’s not even close.



  15. JayCee
    6:44 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    “The Crimson Tide has been wearing these Nike Pro Combat uniforms for a few seasons now, and they look very sharp.”

    Bama’s uni design hasn’t changed in literally forever. They’ll add a patch or a swoosh, but their uni remains a tradition all the way to the 2 stripes running down the pant legs. You will NEVER see Bama in black, grey or any other color b/c that uniform is tied so tightly to their tradition.



  16. Beezer
    6:44 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Like fads much? 1. Bama………………………………………………………2.

    Personally, I’m not a huge fan of UK’s uniforms. Much better than they were when I was in school (early 2000’s) but i’d still rate them lower half of the league.



  17. string music
    6:47 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    So LSU has classic stripes and they are on the bottom half but Auburn and Florida are in the top half because they have the classic stripe?

    EPIC FAIL

    Give me Bama, LSU and Florida uniforms all day, every day.



  18. KYWildcat04
    6:52 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    LSU, Bama, Auburn, and Florida have some of the best uniforms in all of sports. This list sucks.



  19. JayCee
    6:56 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    TO this day I refuse to wear orange and dark blue together b/c it reminds me of Barn’s colors.

    I do, however, have a decent collection of Auburn fratboi orange and blue stripped ties. Complete with scissor marks and blood.



  20. JayCee
    6:58 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t this a fun game? Keep banning me. I’ve done nothing wrong and you can’t stop me.



  21. I Say
    7:24 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Dude your crazy, those black topped Vandy uniforms are sick. Who made you the fashion police?



  22. I Say
    7:27 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    And florida has always had sick uniforms, they should be at least third, ahead of uk



  23. Steve erwin
    7:59 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    So basically you just like black Nike uniforms?



  24. Biff B
    8:21 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    This list is sarcastic, right? Has to be. Those Mizzou uniforms are disgusting.



  25. Smiley Pete
    8:27 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    This is just flat wrong. I know its an opinion piece, but if Bama, Auburn, and Georgia arent in the top 3, that opinion is wrong.



  26. Kneel
    8:39 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Arkansas hands down WORST unis in the league.



  27. Mark Liptak
    9:31 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Last time I checked “black” was not part of the official color scheme of the University of Kentucky. That needs to disappear…totally, completely and permanently.

    Mark Liptak



  28. Hoop33
    9:43 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Guarentee we see those new black missou jerseys on college gameday in February



  29. TigerDNA
    10:37 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Stu–fyi the Auburn alternate orange jersey pic is photoshopped and Auburn has actually never worn an alternate. They always stick with the blue at home and white on the road.



  30. Bob
    10:42 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe this makes Matt (or Stuart, whoever) feel better about the FB team?!? But, they are #12 out of 14 in the SEC. Sorry, it’s just a fact!



  31. WDE!
    10:53 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Auburn has the best uni’s hands down! Tradition at its finest.. WARRRRRR EAGLE!!!



  32. Gene Chizik
    10:57 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Auburn wears blue at home and white on the road. Simple as that.



  33. UniFan2
    11:44 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy’s suck. Period. I hate the gold jersey and the helmets. I did not know about the Arkansas changes, those are definitely better. I like that different teams have different uniforms. Its interesting when done right and raises money for the schools. Who cares – since they don’t get paid (hmmmm…) let them have fun and wear black if they want. Tradition means so VERY little to the players we watch now. Recent success, coaches, facilities, schools, and amenities, including uniforms, matter. I don’t like Mizzou’s as much as you do, Stuart, but they are nice enough. ALL black, though, sucks. School colors still need a prominent role. We use the helmet for that, thankfully. I would move Arkansas up some from my list yesterday. No other major changes. Sorry but our uniforms are awesome, as long as we dont do dumb stuff like black pants only.



  34. ok-cats-computer
    1:05 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    IMHO, Alabama has the best uniforms in all of college football, with PSU a close second.



  35. kyblue
    1:36 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    so how old are u guys??? bama#1??? I’m sorry but he got the top 2 right say what you want about the rest but there’s a reason high school recruits love Oregon unis they keep updating them and making them fresh. and what mizzou did with their uniforms is awesome. new, hot uniforms are the best. go back to your respirators and enjoy reruns of Matlock while the rest of us live in the real world.



  36. Greedhater
    4:53 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    This was the stupidest post ever. Don’t do this again.



  37. JLGREE81
    8:56 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky at #3…..WOW! That has HOMER written all over it. The list starts with bama, followed closely by Florida, LSU, and Georgia in that order. Missouri #1??? And UK at #3! Sorry, you no longer have any credibility when it comes to writing about football in the SEC. Give me Clay Travis any day.



  38. Musehobo
    9:23 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    You’re crazy Stuart. That black cap on Vandy’s shoulders looks like armor. Without it the uni is bland. I think it’s one of the best here.



  39. What
    9:43 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I would go with Alabama and Florida in the top 2 spots. Love the gators helmets. Very unique. My high school had the same colors so maybe I am biased.



  40. Malibu
    2:00 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Here is how the real rankings should look:

    1. Alabama and there is no one who is going to dethrone this…
    2. Auburn
    3. LSU
    4. Florida
    5. Ole Miss
    6. Kentucky

    The rest is any order you want



  41. David19
    5:42 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    In the entire country, I’d give it to SC(the REAL one) Fight On!!!