Jimmer Vilk’s 5 & 1
Welcome to the Five and One for 2022!
After more than a decade in hiatus, Jim Vilk (the original “5 & 1” decider) returned! And he’s back again for 2022.
The concept of the 5&1 is simple: Jim will pick five good matchups (not necessarily the five best anymore… he will have categories that will change from week to week) and one awful matchup.
You may agree and you may disagree — these are, after all, just opinions and everyone has one. Feel free to let him know what you think in the comments section.
If you have a game you feel is “worthy” of consideration for the 5 & 1, please either post it in the comments below or tweet Mr. Vilk @JVfromOhio.
Here’s today’s 5 & 1:
During my first shift of uni watching yesterday, I came across this tweet from Rachel Lenzi, who covered Buffalo in their game against Bowling Green:
The Bulls’ blue numbers on gray jerseys were indeed hard to see, which led me to respond.
Fortunately for Buffalo, Bowling Green looked good and they were spared the ignominy of the &1. But for the Bulls and all the other schools with hard to read numbers (including you, BC… well-intentioned as they are, those bandana numbers need to go), I’ll say this again: you can be as stylish as you want, but don’t sacrifice function for fashion. As Terry says, Contrast Matters! Man, I really need my Five Good Things after all that…
5. The “Red (Pants) Alert!” Matchup:
I’m a sucker for red road pants, and I’m a sucker for when these schools stick to their basics.
4. The “Script-tastic” matchup:
If the Tigers’ script was in black instead of white, this game would have been #1.
3. The Classic Matchup:
I actually like a handful of all-white unis, including these.
2. The “What Could Be Better Than Teal Pants?” Matchup:
The answer is matching teal helmets.
1. Simply The Best:
And the Color Palette Special as well!
Sin City was an appropriate place for these abominations.
See you next week… and hopefully I’ll see your team’s numbers easily!
Thanks, Jim! OK readers? What say you? Agree or disagree with Jimmer’s selections? Let him know in the comments below.
Jim, it’s so good to have you back! I loved the Wisconsin road reds too. It’s too bad NW ruined the game with their putrid alternatives. Next week Bama-Tenn Is one of my all time favorite uni matchups.
Yeah, I like Wisconsin’s red pants…both for home and away. And I love the white facemasks.
Lest anyone think I dislike all mono-black unis, check out Wade’s CUUW section. The Waterloo Warriors looked fantastic!
And in the pros, I have to admit that the Steelers Color Rush unis are their best home uni ever (the 1962-63 unis are their best road look ever).
If it’s team colors, and if it’s done properly, I can get on board.
You get a 100% score this week. And a gold star.
My first gold star!
Script on Missouri helmets was hard to see. Love those Florida uniforms.
And if the MIzzou helmets had been black, as they always should be, the script -loathesome though it may be- would have been readable. On the upside, at least we’ve heard the last of KU fans chanting “We Want Bama.”
The #2 should have been a slam dunk for the &1. It’s like the Hornets playing the Cavs- the maroon/gold doesn’t compliment teal
Not a fan of those VA Tech jerseys.
Any pics of Buffalo/ Bowling Green?
Never mind, there was one in SMUW.
Houston looked orange in that lighting.
Here ya go (thanks to Jimmer):
I was at the Wisconsin-Northwestern game yesterday. The thin gold numbers on Northwestern’s black tops also were very hard to read.
If Memphis got rid of their directional school bespoke font, dumped the Bengals sleeve stripes and stuck with gray – blue – gray, they’d quietly have some of the nicest uniforms in cfb.
Jim, I’m in total agreement with your thoughts on my Houston Cougars. Their red-red-white and red-white-red combos are much better that what they trot out there as ‘special’ costumes many weeks. Wear the Bill Yeoman-era skinny font helmet/jersey for homecoming and call it good.
Auburn at Georgia is always a good-looking matchup, especially now that the Dawgs have gone back to block numbers.
Yes. That game was very close to making the list.
Auburn’s is another all-white uni that I really like.