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Sunday Morning Bowl Watch (Part III)

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A good Sunday morning Uni Watchers, and a very Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone had a pleasant evening/morning (if you stayed up to ring in the New Year).

We’re back today to bring you up to speed on the Bowl games played from Thursday through last night — and boy oh boy weren’t those two playoff games something! You expected all four playoff teams to wear their “Sunday best” as it were, and for the most part they didn’t disappoint. Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State — no strangers to the big stage — all wore mostly traditional looks (OSU went with a throwback jersey), and Michigan went with blue over maize (but wore maize socks instead of the more traditional blue). TCU, who wear a much more “modern” style uniform, even went with what is probably their best combo, though traditionalists would probably have preferred a purple helmet. Still, the uni game was as strong as the on-field game. Yesterday’s other two games were also pretty pleasing to the eye: Alabama vs. Kansas State was pure eye candy, and even though Kentucky went mono-blue, their tilt with Iowa was also easy on the retinae.

You couldn’t ask for much more.

And now, for the penultimate SMUW (Bowl Watch Edition) of the 2022(23) NCAAFB Season, I’ll turn this over to Terry Duroncelet, Jr., who will bring you your…

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Sunday Morning Bowl Watch (Part III)
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

From Thursday, December 29th, 2022

|Washington vs Texas|

You know how after Christmas, there’s that weird phase where time really becomes an illusion, and you don’t know what day it is, or at least it doesn’t feel like the day that you know it is? That’s been this entire week for me, but especially yesterday and Thursday. Here, we have the Longhorns of the University of Texas at Austin, in none other than one of the best all-white uniforms in college football, past or present. They faced off against the University of Washington Huskies, in monochrome purple, and their gold chrome helmets.

|Florida State vs Oklahoma|

Up next, we have the Florida State University Seminoles in gold/garnet/gold, and the University of Oklahoma (do I REALLY need to bring up the Kansas thing again?) Sooners in crimson/cream/cream* (*I know it’s HHHHHHHHwhite, not an actual cream).

|Minnesota vs Syracuse|

Here, we witness the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Golden Gophers in all-maroon, while their opponent –the Syracuse University Orange– wore orange/white/orange. Another case of simple, but effective.

From Friday, December 30th, 2022

|UCLA vs Pitt|

A blue and gold affair between two well-dressed teams. We have the Bruin of the University of California, Los Angeles in The Classics, and likewise for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. One thing that I noticed while browsing for game photos was this odd helmet pairing. First off, what’s with the old Ridell Revo helmet? That’s a 20 year-old design that hasn’t been seen on the gridiron in a few years, save for the few in the NFL that were grandfathered in with it. Secondly, that’s clearly the previous facemask and script logo color from the old Adidas days. You’re probably thinking “eh, probably an indie outlet trying to get something together”, but no: this is DIRECT FROM THE SUN BOWL’S WEBSITE!! (obviously, this is more time-sensitive than others, sorry for distant future readers!)

|South Carolina vs Notre Dame|

Friday treks on with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks in black/garnet/garnet, and the Fighting Irish of The University of Notre Dame du Lac in best-helmets-in-college-football/white/gold.

|NC State vs Maryland|

The North Carolina State University Wolfpack (one word) wore red/black/black, while the University of Maryland, College Park Terrapins wore flag/white/white.

|Wyoming vs Ohio|

Color-vs-color –when done right– never gets old. Here, we have the University of Wyoming Cowboys in white/gold/white, and <strike>THE</strike> Ohio University Bobcats in green/green/white.

🍊Tennessee vs Clemson🍊

Well, talk about living up to the name. In our first of the bigguns, we have the Volunteers of the University of Tennessee in the classic white/orange/white combo, while Clemson University Tigers wore quite literally the opposite combination. I’m calling this one “Orange SOREbet”, because I bet you anything that Clemson is feeling pretty bitter right now. I just like to see Clamp suffer.

From Saturday, December 31st, 2022

|Kentucky vs Iowa|

Last games of the (calendar) year begins with the University of Kentucky Wildcats in full-blue, and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in the classic Steeler road unis. An unorthodox way of facilitating high-contrast, but I’ll take it!

🍭Alabama vs K-State🍭

Well, at least the Saban Bois are in a major bowl game. They could’ve easily been in the Influencer-is-a-Terrible-Thing-to-Call-a-Person Bowl, sponsored by Raid Shadow Legends. Anywho, this storied game featured the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in the Crimson Classics, and the Kansas State University Wildcats in silver/white/silver. A sharp-looking game that’s only topped by another that we’ll talk about shortly, I’m calling this one “The Bama Berry Parfait”, due to the berry-colored hues that was nothing short of decedent for the Crimson Tide.

🔆Michigan vs TCU🔆

Another visual masterpiece, we have the University of Michigan Wolverines in GOOD, OLD, MAIZE AND BLUE!!! They squared off against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, who wore full-white, and I don’t even have to try for a name here. I dub this “Contrast Matters: New Year’s Six Edition“, because from the unis to the high scoring, this was one to watch. That was totally targeting, tho. Also, Skott Schoonover notes: “Mike Sainristil’s jersey doesn’t have the TV numbers on either sleeve tonight. Nobody else is missing theirs.”

🍑Georgia vs Ohio State🍑

What better way to close out 2022 than another video game score nail-biter? Rounding out Saturday’s bouts are the University of Georgia Bulldogs, and THE Ohio State University Buckeyes. Georgia wore the classic red/red/silver (britches), and Ohio State wore grey/white/grey, and if you look closely at the sleeves, these are the throwback-themed alts that they tend to dust off during a major bowl game. These look SO MUCH BETTER than their normal stripes. I’m calling this one “REDBUM”, because I know THE would kill for the chance to have this one back.

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Thanks TJ! Tremendous job as always, and a great job all season. TJ will be back next weekend for our final SMUW of the season, where we (almost literally) tie a bow on the bowls.

 

GTGFTS

Guess The Game…

…From The Scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Torben Grote.

The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).

Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.

 

GTGFTU


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.

 

And finally...

…that’ll do it for today’s early article. Jimmer Vilk’s Five and One (Bowl Edition) will publish later this morning, and I *hope* to have full Bowl Power Five Uni Tracking later as well (it being New Year’s Eve last night, I was still waiting for some of the trackers to check in). Today’s ticker will also publish later this morning.

Big thanks (again) to TJ for all their work on the Bowl wraps — I know it’s been a trying time for them and the effort is REALLY appreciated.

Everyone have a great day, and I hope 2023 is a great year for all! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’ll catch y’all again next Saturday.

Peace,

PH

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Comments (7)

    Regarding Ohio State’s “throwback” gray sleeve stripes (the ones they bring out for the bowl season), I agree with Terry that they’re a major upgrade from the team’s usual jersey stripes. In fact, they’re among my favorite stripes in college football. Sure hope to see more of them in the Buckeyes’ future.

    The one thing that stood out to me yesterday was how bad TCU’s nameplates look either sewn or heat pressed over top of their collar design.

    Another TCU nugget was that quite a few defenders wearing Schutt helmets didn’t have the logo nose/neck bumpers rather they had the Schutt wordmark.

    Here, we have the Longhorns of the University of Texas at Austin, in none other than one of the best all-white uniforms in college football, past or present.

    YES.

    As you know, I’m not a fan of white unis these days. And while I’d like it even better if Texas went full cream, I still really like this uni.

    though traditionalists would probably have preferred a purple helmet.

    I wouldn’t consider myself a traditionalist, but yes, TCU definitely needed a purple helmet.

    So glad Georgia won, because I wasn’t looking forward to TCU in black jerseys with red numbers vs the Buckeyes in what looks like an all-white road uni. They really need to make their gray more gray.

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