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College Football Under Armour Uniforms: A Year in Review

January 8, 2016

Andrew Walters

Let's take a look at the 5 most successful Under Armour football Uni's of 2015

Though Under Armour remains the new kid on the block in the sports apparel world, they continued to make significant inroads into college football during the 2015-16 season. The company signed on a cavalcade of FBS programs, even netting big-fish schools like Notre Dame. Still, while their client roster expands, the more interesting developments involve their uniform design.

Perhaps the most audacious claim any uniform manufacturer made this season, Under Armour declared their new Armourgrid fabric as "ungrabbable." Translated from marketing jargon, the company designed tighter, more form-fitting uniforms to help wearers avoid the literal grasp of their opponents. Some may debate whether the technology works as well as advertised, but the innovations may have contributed to major programs like Notre Dame spurning their old apparel partners for UA.

So how did this year's new Under Armour uniforms fare? Let's see take a look at the biggest redesigns.

 

Cincinnati Bearcarts

CINCINNATI BEARCAT FOOTBALL UNIFORMS

 

Though Cincinnati endured a disappoint season by its standards, the team undoubtedly upgraded its look as part of its switch to Under Armour. Where the old designs featured unattractive shoulder patterns and wonky fonts, the new, stripped-down design utilized a mostly black and white foundation for their home and road uniforms respectively with unique half-stripes on the neck, shoulder and knee areas. The UA look stands out without feeling cluttered, a difficult task in today's college football.

 

Colorado State Rams

CSU RAMS FOOTBALL UNIFORMS

 

Like Cincinnati, Colorado State made the wise decision to simplify its uniforms. UA replaced the strange shoulder mesh look that the Rams wore in the past with a monochromatic gold sleeve design. The change instantly upgraded the home jersey. However, the orange and green alternative look the school busted out against Tulsa should remain in the closet going forward.

 

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

 

This season, Hawaii looked into its future by dipping into its past. The school revived its classic rainbow warrior green, white and rainbow uniforms, a look no other school could even imagine pulling off. Like all programs, Hawaii must evolve its look periodically, but these beauties should never fully leave the rotation.

 

Navy Midshipmen

NAVY FOOTBALL UNIFORMS

 

For the most part, Navy's uniforms didn't change much in 2015. However, for the school's annual showdown with Army, Under Armour busted out hand-painted, position-specific helmets that garnered attention from across college football. These hats depicted various Navy vessels, and provided a one-of-a-kind look with deep connections to the school. They may have appeared for just one game, but they rank among the best redesigns of the entire season.

 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL UNIFORMS

 

With a historic football program like Notre Dame, the uniform can only change so much regardless of which company produces it. The school's navy-and-gold look remains one of the most iconic in all of sports, and UA wisely decided to not to tinker too much. Still, as great as the Irish look on the field, the time has come to make the helmet (metallic gold) and the pants (matte gold) match a little better.

 

South Florida Bulls

SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS FOOTBALL UNIFORMS

 

While some schools went with a less-is-more approach, South Florida trended in the other direction. Their new uniforms utilized heavily contrasting shoulder color on all its incarnations. The basic home look features a tan shoulder area while the school's new alternative jersey uses a white-to-green rainbow effect. To top it off, South Florida introduced multiple helmet and facemask colors. In theory this shouldn't work, but the dark green and tan color scheme allows for such flexibility.

 

What's next?

While some schools went with a less-is-more approach, South Florida trended in the other direction. Their new uniforms utilized heavily contrasting shoulder color on all its incarnations. The basic home look features a tan shoulder area while the school's new alternative jersey uses a white-to-green rainbow effect. To top it off, South Florida introduced multiple helmet and facemask colors. In theory this shouldn't work, but the dark green and tan color scheme allows for such flexibility.


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