The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

We're on the brink of a new college football season, and a new chance for schools to trot out flashy new uniforms—and make tons of cash in the process. As the season kicks off this weekend, who'll be wearing the most stomach-churning jerseys?

Uniform culture is a lot like fashion culture in general. You've got your weird, authentic trendsetters (Oregon, Alexander McQueen), your staid traditionalists (Ole Miss, J. Crew), and everyone in between, left to chase trends like chrome helmets and "fancy gloves." In the end, it all comes down to selling knock-offs to tweens.

We've ranked some of the newer uniforms from least offensive to most. Feel free to disagree completely in the comments.


17) University of Oregon. Let's just get this out of the way. Love it or hate it, they made more of an effort than anyone else on this list.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

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16) University of Nebraska. The "Blackshirt" defense jersey is actually great, but as a traditionalist I miss the red.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked


15) Miami of Ohio. Extra points for the tribal tattoo helmet patterns.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

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14) Indiana University. Indiana introduced four different helmet designs this year, including a weird chrome candy stripe version. Video of someone "passing out" at the reveal is here.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

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13) Arizona. The Ombré effect: Great on hair, not so much on football uniforms.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked


12) West Virginia. The scythe-style typeface is trendy, but clashes with the WV logo.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked


11) The Air Force Falcons. Older, but ugly.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

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10) Texas Tech. Check out the detail on these chic, three-quarter-length sleeves. That how much Texans love their guns: They put them on uniforms.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked


9) UConn. See the disembodied wolf-head helmet.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

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8) Notre Dame. So many kitschy Celtic typefaces.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked


7) Princeton. Gizmodo's own Kyle Wagner nominated Princeton, whose three-striped helmet is obviously a rip-off of Michigan's. Yeah, we know they did it first.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked


6) UCLA. Some have described this pattern as a stretch-mark motif.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

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5) University of Tennessee. A jersey shouldn't make you feel like a cab.

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4) BYU. Their short-lived "morality" jerseys replaced players' names with words like "honor" and "spirit."

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

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3) Iowa State. Their throwback uniform looks like... fries.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked

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2) University of Wyoming. Digital camouflage on a grey background. Yeesh.

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1) University of Maryland, 2012. Remember Maryland's 2012 "Pride" uniform? The one that made them look like medieval dazzle ships? No? You must've blacked out. Still the worst.

The 17 Worst College Football Uniform Designs, Ranked