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Sunday Morning Uni Watch

A good Sunday Morning, Uni Watchers. Welcome to Week Six of your Sunday Morning Uni Watch. As always, I’m joined by SMUW veteran Terry Duroncelet, who’ll bring you all the Week Six uni action and shenanigans in the first section, followed by Canadian University Uni Watch(er) Wade Heidt, who has some choice looks from America’s hat.

I have a confession: for the first time in several years, I didn’t even see one minute of the Notre Dame/BYU game (today’s splash photo), since I was deeply invested in the Mets/Padres tilt. Fortunately, my team ended up staving off elimination, and the two teams will face each other in a final, winner-take-all game tonight. All the other MLB Wild Card series ended in two game sweeps (congrats to the Phillies, Mariners and Guardians).

Both Notre Dame (wearing their newest “Shamrock Series”) and BYU (with a new royal>black fade helmet and BFBS) wore combos neither had previously worn yesterday. While I liked Notre Dame’s minimalist look, BYU didn’t look like BYU. Although, I have to say, their helmet was one of the better “fade” jobs (helmet gradient/fades don’t generally look as good on the field as teams think they will, but BYU did seem to pull it off).

As for ND? Well, considering some of the uniforms they’ve trotted out for their “Shamrock Series” looks, this one was pretty nice. Basic gold helmet, white jersey and pants (the jersey contained some intricate shoulder stripes). You can read all about the uni here.

You can read more about BYU’s new helmet and BFBS unis here.

And with that (and apologies for not watching that game), I’ll now turn it over to TJ for your…

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

I heard someone call the brain an “electric meatball” earlier in the week, and now I will never refer to it as anything else ever again. Now before I get on with Week 6, I need to note a couple of things: Firstly, I goofed, and forgot to mention a kinda-sorta-DEFINITELY important FCS game last week: Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin! This was a color-vs-color game, too. Oops. Secondly, I noticed that some pictures in the columns just won’t open when you click them. I don’t know why that is, as I test all my links before going through with them, but ye, sorry for the possibly out-of-context premature link rot. With that out of the way…

From Wednesday:

• UCF/SMU: It’s hard to see (at least, without a close-up), but UCF wore decals with a touch of the Florida State flag against SMU, who wore their Dallas unis, but with blue facemasks (they normally wear red), and I don’t think I remember seeing them with blue pants. Are those new? It’s always interesting how different priorities given to one color can have a huge effect on the other(s). With their usual garb, the red accents shine through and really tie in with the rest of the look, but here, the red accents are substantially more subtle, but still pop in a different way. And before you ask, yes, this is the menswear stylist part of my brain that’s overthinking this.

From Friday:

• Rutgers/Nebraska: In this battle of the B1G transplants, I’d normally be giving the Scarlet Knights the business for wearing not-exactly-scarlet, but for the month of October, I’m allowing virtually all aesthetic crimes (as long as they’re not advert-fueled, of course. *cougholemisscough*), so this becomes a delightful fright. Just as well: this uni is Rutgers’s best-contrasting look against the Cornhuskers.

• Nevada/Colorado State: The Wolf Pack (two words) debuted some brand-new, mono-black “Battle Born” unis (ironically without their usual Battle Born helmets) against the Colorado State Rams (source for that BB helmet, BTW). As for the helmets that they DID wear on Friday night, they seem to have a similar treatment to Notre Dame’s helmets.

• San José State/UNLV: There’s a Chargers vs Raiders joke here somewhere.

From Saturday:

• Troy/Southern Miss: On the banks of the Red Cedar, There’s a school that’s known to all; Its specialty is winning, And those Trojans play good ball; Trojan teams are never beaten, All through the game they fight; Fight for the only colors: Cardinal and White (and silver and black). Troy wasn’t the only one with a retro-minded lid on Saturday…

• Michigan State/Ohio State: The Spartans wore throwback helmets to 1998 against THE.

• Arizona State/Washington: New script unis and helmets for the Sun Devils. I’m always torn on Arizona State’s looks, I don’t know whether to respect the drip or hate them with extra conviction. I think this comment sums it up best. Endzones were fire, tho. Plus, we were treated to the rare sight of Washington in the gold/purp/white combo. I guess this could be considered color-vs-color.

• Yale/Dartmouth: Another rare (but important) FCS mention. Yale football turns 150 this year. That’s right, they’ve been playing handegg almost as long as the game of college football has been around, and they marked the occasion with some sweet sorta-throwbacksHere’s some lore behind the unis (I just wish they wouldn’t call the entire uni a “jersey”), and some more action shots. The helmet stripe features the last names of every past captain for the Bulldogs.

• LSU/Tennessee: Smokey the Bear uniforms for the Vols. Meanwhile, LSU took white-at-home to a new extreme. For the month of October, I can actually get behind Tennessee’s grey alts, especially since not only do the (actual school color) numbers contrast well with the grey base, but the colors together are also season-appropriate. And LSU’s all-whites are not something I’d want to see full-time, or even more than once a year, but in that one game out of the season that they do, they’re always clean.

• Boston College/Clemson: The Eagles wore their Red Bandana uniforms against Clemson. I’m sure at least 98.69 percent of you already know the story behind the unis, but just in case, here’s the backstory. Also, from Justin Hicks: a bit of One on One defense.

• UAB vs MTSU: UAB wore their Children’s Harbor uniforms for Homecoming against Middle Tennessee State. As always, you can learn more about them here.

• Florida/Mizzou: this game would’ve been PERFECT if Florida had worn orange trou. Also for those who follow LSU and are missing your weekly dose of a Tigers team in the SEC wearing gold/white/gold, here ya go.

• Bowling Green/Buffalo: Color-vs-color??? between the Falcons and the Bulls. As a reload of the previous bullet point, this game would’ve been top-tier if BG’s orange pants were present.

• Northwestern/Wisconsin: Northwestern wore THE most Halloween unis in college football: the Gothic Blacks, which are probably some of my favorite guilty pleasure uniforms in college football, and perfect for the month of October. Meanwhile, Wisconsin broke out the red pants, with an… INTERESTING pairing of the white facemasks. I would think they would wear red here. I don’t HATE it. In fact, I think it looks pretty cool and adds a nice sort of cooling factor to the unis, kind of like when you see a red and white Christmas fixture in that cool-toned Winter daylight. I just figured that they’d play the facemasks accordingly, since I usually see the white masks with their all-whites.

• Pitt/Virginia Tech: A stellar sight between the Panthers and the Hokies.

• Kentucky/South Carolina: Throwback lids for the Gamecocks.

• Indiana/Michigan: A sight that seems far more seldom-seen than it should be: Michigan in white-over-maize! HELL YES– oh, and Indiana’s in full-ketchup, I guess. But Michigan! In the maize pants! NEAT!

• Georgia/Auburn: White facemasks for Auburn.

• Iowa State/Kansas State: All-black for the Cyclones.

• Georgia State/Georgia Southern: Georgia State in their Spooky Best on Saturday.

• Illinois/Iowa: [eyes emoji intensifies]

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Thanks, TJ! Great coverage as always. See ya next Sunday!

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Canadian University Uni Watch


New for 2022 is Canadian University Uni Watcher Wade Heidt, who has joined the SMUW crew this year and will bring us some looks at three-down, 110-yard Canadian university football from up north. That’s Wade to the right side of your screen (you can even click to enlarge). The shirt Wade is wearing was created by the one and only Wafflebored! Wade’s rundown will appear every week on SMUW until the season ends.

Enjoy!

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Canadian University Uni Watch
by Wade Heidt

What time is it? Time for some university football uniform watching Canadian rules style! It’s time for the CUUW!

This is Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. Canada West conference scheduled the weekend off. We will be staying in Eastern Canada for our uniform watching. Most of the games were on Friday night.

>We will start in the Atlantic conference (AUS).

-The Mount Allison Mounties wore their garnet over gold combo at home in Sackville, NB. The winless Acadia Axemen went with their white over white combo. An icy look for the Axemen as they call it these days.

Moving over to the Quebec conference (RSEQ).

-Going bilingual on this one. The Sherbrooke Vert & Or went with their or/vert/vert combo at home. The Laval Rouge et Or went with a standard road look for them. Laval going with the or/blanc/rouge combo. Beaux uniformes!

We will look at three games in the Ontario conference (OUA).

-This was a game for bragging rights for the schools in Waterloo. The Waterloo Warriors went with their black over black combo at home. The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks went with the full mono-white.

-The Toronto Varsity Blues wore a common look for them at home. Going with the navy over navy combo. The powerhouse Western Mustangs were the visitors. The defending Vanier Cup champs wearing white over white.

-The Guelph Gryphons went mono-black at home. With so many uniform combo options for the Gryphons and so few games the mono-black is a bit of a disappointment. The McMaster Marauders wore a common road look with the white over maroon.

Cheers! We will look forward to more games as the autumn air will become crisper. Moving towards that perfect football weather.

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Thanks, Wade! Great stuff — see you next weekend!

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And Now a Few Words From Paul

Hi there. In case you missed it, two important Bulletin-related things happened on Wednesday. First, I published my annual NHL Season Preview, and it’s a doozy. It’s available here to my Premium Subscribers.

Second, I broke the news that Facebook has decided to shut down Bulletin at the end of the year. The most immediate impact of this is that right now is suddenly a very good time to subscribe to my Bulletin content, because you’ll end up getting a full refund. No risk! Full details here.

Okay, that’s it from me. Now back to Phil!


And finally...

…that’s it for this portion of your Sunday Morning Uni Watch. Jimmer Vilk’s “Five and One” and the Power 5 and Duck Trackers will follow shortly. Big thanks (again, and as always) to TJ and Wade for their stellar efforts!

The ticker should be published at 9:00 eastern.

As I mentioned yesterday, this is my final weekend at the summer place, and as fate would have it — an otherwise perfectly azure sky with nary a cloud for most of the afternoon had a few late-encroaching, low-level cumuli to the west, marring the final sunset photo for 2022.

Interestingly, the setting sun did produce a very cool-looking reflection on the underside of the clouds…so it wasn’t all bad.

Not a bad way to go out.

Everyone have a great week, and enjoy Indigenous Peoples Day/Italian Heritage Day, and for our neighbours to the north, a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Peace,

PH

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Comments (6)

    San José State/UNLV: There’s a Chargers vs Raiders joke here somewhere.
    That game was a joke alright. It was *this* close to being the &1, but SJ State wore school colors, and I I could read their numbers.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Wade!
    Mount Allison impressed me again with the unis. Best of the bunch.
    Waterloo Warriors….now THAT’s a mono-black uni I can appreciate!

    Thanks for the heads up on the Waterloo Warriors uniform, Jim. I had passed over clicking on the link because I didn’t care to see another mono black uniform. But the bright yellow/gold numbers and striping add contrast and visual interest.

    Thanks Jim! Really enjoying today knowing I don’t have to go to work on Monday.

    That white script on yellow that Mizzou employed was brutal.

    Coincidentally, I didn’t watch one minute of the Cardinals/Phillies game. I wanted the Birds to win, but I’ve come to realize that I am bored out of my gourd (seasonally appropriate) by baseball. Whitey Herzog spoiled me in my youth.

    “bored out of my gourd”
    So I’m not alone in this.
    For everyone who says it’s the same game it’s always been…it really isn’t.

    As someone said in the 5&1 comments, the white script would have been great on the black helmets. I agree.

    Terry, love the FCS mentions! On that note, #1 NDSU and #2 SDSU meet this coming Saturday in’s trophy game as the Bison and Jackrabbits meet in Fargo for the Dakota Marker. I’d love a color on color matchup but probably won’t happen. Oh

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