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A good Sunday Morning, Uni Wathers, and welcome to your Sunday Morning Uni Watch, Conference Championship Edition. Since we’ve many fewer games this weekend, your “normal” SMUW schedule will be slightly modified. Today we’ll include the Power 5 trackers with the main SMUW post, and Jimmer will still have his own Five and One (should be very interesting with so few games to pick from — with Championship Weekend you’d assume most schools would wear their “Sunday Best” as it were…) but this isn’t your pappy’s NC2A anymore either. Unfortunately I was away from home at a curling tourney most of yesterday (and didn’t fare particularly well either), so I won’t have a ticker for you later today.
Normally, with SMUW I “pick” a game to feature and then talk a bit about the unis, but all I have to say is, “Damn Ugga and Bayou Bengal looked good yesterday.” Such a beautiful matchup. I caught a few glimpses of this game at yesterday’s bonspiel and while the score was pretty ugly, the game most certainly was not.
And now, time to turn this over to the one and only Terry Duroncelet, Jr., who will bring you your…
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Sunday Morning Uni Watch, Conference Champ Edition by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
Championship Week, where the FOMO is greater than the crypto rush of last year for many teams, and are left to live vicariously through –sometimes– their mortal rivals. It’s also, understandably, the most chill full weekend of the regular season, before good ol’ A/N next week. This’ll be quick and only slightly-dirty, so let’s get right into it.
And with THAT, that puts a bow (or at least selects the ribbon) on the 2022 regular season. Army/Navy is next week, and then WE GO BOWLING. Until then, thank you guys SO MUCH for another excellent college football season, and I’ll see you in a few weeks. Later!
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Thanks TJ! Another great season in the books — and of course Terry will be back to wrap up every Bowl game through the end of the BCS Final.
Championship Weekend Uni Tracking
NCAA Uni Tracking
We’ve now reached the end of the regular season, with all Power Five Conferences ending their season with Championship games this weekend. For their final regular season tracking, Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the Big XII AND the SEC) and James Hill (tracking the B1G).
Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences (along with each tracker’s info).
Thanks guys! And please give all of our Trackers a nice round of virtual applause and maybe even a shout in the comments. They’ll be off for a couple of weeks, but returning once the Bowls start involving Power Five schools.
Canadian University Uni Watching, a codicil
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!
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Canadian University Uni Watch by Wade Heidt
The Canadian university football season is of course over. Except for one gave which happened Saturday night. I was not going to pay any mind to it but it ended up being uniform noteworthy. It was colour vs. colour.
The Canadian university football season ended with the Vanier Cup last Saturday. However, there was still one game left to cap off the season. With the support of the CFL’s BC Lions, the Shrum Bowl returned after a 12-year absence. The game was contested on Friday night.
The Shrum Bowl is a rivalry game between two Metro Vancouver schools. The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU). UBC competes with Canadian schools in U Sports. SFU is part of NCAA Division II and competes against U.S. schools.
The hosting duties alternate between the schools. SFU hosted this year, so the game was played using American rules and an American-sized football field. I suppose this is Canadian university uniform watching American rules style!
Notable uniform-wise as this game was colour vs. colour! Below seasonal and cold temperatures for Metro Vancouver on Friday. The SFU Red Leafs wearing their red over red combo at home. The UBC Thunderbirds visiting the Burnaby Mountain campus wearing navy over navy.
UBC won the Shrum Bowl! This is commendable considering UBC had to adjust to playing American rules for this game. Of course, when SFU visits UBC for next season’s game, SFU will need to adjust and play Canadian rules.
Guess The Game From The Uniform
Based on the suggestion of long-time reader/contributor Jimmy Corcoran, we’ve introduced a new “game” on Uni Watch, which is similar to the popular “Guess the Game from the Scoreboard” (GTGFTS), only this one asked readers to identify the game based on the uniforms worn by teams.
Like GTGFTS, readers will be asked to guess the date, location and final score of the game from the clues provided in the photo. Sometimes the game should be somewhat easy to ascertain, while in other instances, it might be quite difficult. There will usually be a visual clue (something odd or unique to one or both of the uniforms) that will make a positive identification of one and only one game possible. Other times, there may be something significant about the game in question, like the last time a particular uniform was ever worn (one of Jimmy’s original suggestions). It’s up to YOU to figure out the game and date.
Today’s GTGFTU comes from Christopher Hickey.
Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.
…that’s it for the SMUW Championship Edition. Big thanks again to TJ (and Wade, Rex, Dennis, Ethan and James). Jimmer Vilk’s Five and One will be published at 8:00 am EST, and — although there is no ticker today — I will have an additional piece later today featuring Jonah Ward, who has a pretty cool Football x Football crossover, and with the World Cup now in the knockout stage, it’s pretty timely too. So be sure to check back for that one!
Everyone have a great week and I’ll catch you next Saturday.