Good Saturday Morning, Uni Watchers, and welcome to Part II of your Sunday Morning Uni Bowl Watch. On the ultimate day of 2022, Terry will catch us up on most of the Bowl games played so far this “post” season (with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day falling on Saturday/Sunday last week, the entire SMUW crew had the holiday off). So we’ve got a special SMUW Bowl Edition featuring TJ today and then tomorrow the whole SMUW Crew will be back, with the remaining Bowl unis covered, plus a special Five and One as well as Power 5 and Duck Tracking.
We’ve got a lot to get to today since there were a LOT of Bowls played since the last time we had SMBW. One of those games, shown in today’s splash, was one of several color-vs-color game, this time in the form of Liberty vs. Toledo, who decided to make it a “Color Rush” sort of game, going mono-blue vs. mono-red. Once again, I will scream at the clouds and remind you there are good color-vs-color games, and then there was the Boca Raton Bowl. And it wasn’t just bad color-vs-color: both sets of unis leave something to be desired too. From Toledo’s otherwise stripeless unis with giant toilet seat cover collars to Liberty’s striping issues (no stripes on the helmets, modified Northwestern striping on the sleeve caps, and fat two-color stripes on the pants), it just wasn’t a good looking game. I appreciate the effort of trying to go color-vs-color, but this was one we could have done without.
And with that, I’ll turn the rest of the main article over to TJ with your…
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
From Monday, December 19th, 2022
Simple, but not effective. This game featured the University of Connecticut Huskies in navy helmets and jerseys with white pants, and the Thundering Herd of Marshall University in white jerseys with… UNFORTUNATELY, black helmets and pants. Blech.
From Tuesday, December 20th, 2022
EMU constantly plays “The Floor is Lava”, but their lava is a green field. Here, we have the Guardians of the Grey Field, the Eastern Michigan University Eagles in grey/white/grey, and the San José State University Spartans in gold/blue/gold. A snazzy-looking game!
For damn-near identical color schemes, this turned out to be decent. NOLA hosted the University of South Alabama Jaguars, who wore white helmets, red jerseys, and navy pants, and the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers, who wore black helmets, white jerseys, and red pants. Also weird seeing two schools in this game that are neither Louisiana, Southern Miss, or App State.
From Thursday, December 22nd
From Friday, December 23rd, 2022
Real Harley Quinn Hours with this red/white alternating split. We have the University of Houston Cougars, who wore white/red/white, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in LITERALLY THE INVERTED LOOK
From Saturday, December 24th
From Monday, December 26th, 2022
From Tuesday, December 27th, 2022
Hands-down the best-looking matchup from Tuesday. We have the University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers in white/white/red, and the Oklahoma State University–Stillwater Cowboys in black/orange/black. Two consistently well-dressed programs is a great way to round off Tuesday’s marathon.
From Wednesday, December 28th, 2022
|UNC vs Oregon|
There’s a landlocked joke in here somewhere. We have the University of Kansas Jayhawks– okay, I have to mention this. Whoever decided to bring to life the ‘KU’ logo and all of its variants, but not have the name officially read as ‘Kansas University’ is a godless creature and I WILL FIGHT YOU. Not really, but it does throw me for a loop every time. Anywho, Kansas wore white/blue/blue, while the University of Arkansas Razorbacks wore cardinal/white/white. Kansas also wore a memorial decal for former Jawkawk and NFL QB John Hadl, who passed away on November 30th.
Now THAT’S a nice color-vs-color matchup. Real quick, I’ve neglected up until this point to mention the endless plethora of teams honoring coach Mike Leach, who in-particular was the HC for Texas Tech from 2000-2009. There’s simply too many to cover, but please know that I do see them. Having said that, of course the Red Raiders are gonna have a tribute of their own. Other than that, we were treated to the Texas Tech University Red Raiders in black/red/red, and the University of Mississippi Rebels in light blue helmets and jerseys with white pants.