The 2019 college football season kicks off in earnest this weekend with a full slate of games on Saturday, so we’ve compiled a list of every uniform and logo change that took place across the country this offseason.
Among the most visible changes for this season is the introduction of a uniform patch to celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football’s first game, which took place on Nov. 6, 1869. Rutgers beat Princeton, 6-4, that afternoon in a game that featured 25 players on each team and a used round ball that could not be picked up or carried but could be hit with the hands and feet with the intention of scoring points by kicking the ball into the goal.
Most teams will wear the patch above the conference logo patch on the right shoulder of their respective uniforms, but there are a handful of outliers who either opted to wear it on the left side (Iowa, Tennessee, Troy, UNLV and Utah) or not at all (Colorado).
With that said, check out our comprehensive list below:
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Boston College recently announced the return of its 1984 throwback uniform, which commemorates Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary pass to beat Miami as time expired. The Eagles wore this exact uniform design last season, but it’s been updated to Under Armour’s latest ArmourGrid template.
As part of a partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Tech will wear onyx gray “Cape Day” uniforms against North Carolina on Oct. 5. The uniforms feature a metallic gold honeycomb pattern on the sleeves, down the side of the pants and inside the numbers, while a crest paying homage to Cape Day — an annual traditional in the local community — is prominently displayed on the back.
Louisville is set to wear all-white uniforms inspired by native son and boxing icon Muhammad Ali against Boston College on Oct. 5. The jersey, which features black typography and trim as a nod to Ali’s signature boxing trunks and arched lettering reminiscent of his ring robe, will be paired with red gloves to give the allusion of boxing gloves.
For the second year in a row, Miami will wear uniforms that have been crafted and repurposed from upcycled materials as part of its partnership with Parley for the Oceans. The all-white uniforms feature a custom number font that features a wave print design and was inspired by the lettering on the facade of the old Orange Bowl.
N.C. State used the 75th anniversary of D-Day — the Normandy landings that laid the foundation for an Allied victory in World War II — as the date to announce its “Stealth Wolf” alternate uniforms. The all-white uniforms feature sublimated camouflage throughout and will be worn as part of the Wolfpack’s Military Appreciation Day game against Syracuse on Oct. 10.
Pittsburgh underwent an athletic department-wide rebrand this offseason, returning to its retro royal blue and athletic gold color scheme and introducing a new secondary logo in the process. The number font and striping pattern on the new uniforms pay tribute to the Cathedral of Learning — a historic landmark and centerpiece of the university — while the new secondary logo is based on the fountain at the entrance of the building.
Shortly after the university announced a multi-year contact extension with Nike, Syracuse unveiled a new set of uniforms. The Orange have ditched the elongated custom number font — meant to evoke the New York City skyline — and 44-degree slashes throughout the numbers and sleeve caps in favor of a much more traditional look with block numbers and consistent striping.
After four years of wearing one of the most unique uniforms in college football, Wake Forest ditched its sleeve design that paid homage to campus architectures and custom number font — which featured angled notches at 18 and 34 degrees to honor the university’s founding year — in favor of a much simpler design.
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Cincinnati also moved to Under Armour’s newest template and made some tweaks to its primary uniforms in the process, moving the striping pattern inspired by the architecture of buildings around campus to the collar bone area and removing it from the collar.
The Bearcats will also wear throwback uniforms that pay homage to the teams of the late 1950s to early 1960s at some point during the season, as seen above.
East Carolina — which has been practicing in matte black helmets throughout fall camp — will debut a new all-black uniform this fall, according to first-year head coach Mike Houston.
Navy will wear a throwback uniform this season as part of Under Armour’s “School Heritage” line, though it was oddly pulled from the apparel company’s promo photos earlier this month. Look for it to be officially unveiled in the weeks leading up to the 120th Army-Navy Game in December, however.
Temple will wear throwback uniforms this season to commemorate its appearance in the 1935 Sugar Bowl. Given that game was against Tulane, it’s probably safe to assume the Owls will wear these uniforms when the Green Wave come to town on Nov. 16.
Tulane dropped anthracite from its color palette, allowing for a consistent striping pattern across the helmet and uniforms. The Green Wave also introduced a new anodized green helmet with the Angry Wave on both sides.
One year after reintroducing the Block “C” to its helmets, UConn unveiled new uniforms that resemble the team’s look during head coach Randy Edsall’s first stint in East Hartford. That includes the rounded, double-outline numbers that first appeared on the Huskies’ Aeropostale set in 2003.
UCF will once against honor its past as a Florida Technological University, which was founded with the mission of supporting the space program through a partnership with Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Base, with space-themed uniforms this season. Though the design has not been revealed, we do know the uniforms will be worn against Houston on Nov. 2.
USF — which notably abandoned its “Charging Bull” academic logo and lime green color scheme this offseason amid heavy criticism by students and alumni — recently entered into an eight-year partnership with adidas. As part of that deal, the Bulls unveiled brand new uniforms on the apparel company’s latest WVN A1 template.
Baylor unified its athletic department under one green and gold color scheme this offseason, introducing new uniforms and a new secondary logo in the process. The Bears replaced their jagged number font with a rounded font that includes notches inside the numbers, and ditched the massive sublimated paw print on the sleeves in favor of a sublimated stripe near the collar.
After just one season in the uniforms, Iowa State made a few tweaks to its cardinal home jersey. The Cyclones removed the black collar, changed the iridescent lighting bold to gold and added the players’ home state flag to the back of the helmets.
Oklahoma will celebrate 125 seasons of football with a special logo that will be featured on the back of the Sooners’ helmets this fall.
Texas will wear No. 32 helmet decals to honor former running back Cedric Benson, who was killed in a motorcycle accident earlier this month.
Just days after the 2018 season ended, TCU unveiled brand new uniforms inspired by the LaDainian Tomlinson era. The enlarged diamond-shaped design around the collar more accurately depicts a horned lizard, however. The uniform is complete with a two-tone face mask meant to elongate the helmet stripe.
Texas Tech is also set to wear throwback uniforms as part of Under Armour’s “School Heritage” line, but like Navy above, the Red Raiders have not officially announced the uniforms or the date on which they’ll be worn. That said, they’ll be the same 1970s design worn by the program two seasons ago but on a newer template.
West Virginia will usher in the Neal Brown era with new uniforms that feature a custom font and — thankfully — no longer have black sleeves. The Mountaineers also added a new Steele Gray uniform to the rotation as a tribute to the state’s rich coal-mining history.
Indiana will celebrate its bicentennial this season with an alternate uniform that features candy stripe pattern throughout as a nod to the design of the caps worn by the swimming and diving teams team and later adopted by the basketball program. The helmet logo and typography were inspired by one of the first football uniforms worn by the Hoosiers.
Iowa unveiled all-gold uniforms that pay homage to the Hawkeyes’ short-lived Apex “banana peel” design from 1996. The colors on the uniform — which will be worn against Penn State on Oct. 12 — are inverted this time around, however.
Maryland will wear throwback uniform during its homecoming game against Michigan on Nov. 2. The all-red uniforms have faux-mesh details in the numbers and classic black, white and gold stripes on the sleeves. The throwback threads also feature the iconic Script Terps, which adorned the Terrapins’ helmets from 1982-91 and 2001-2010.
It appears Michigan is making a minor change to its helmet, as the wings now curl up into the stripes rather than flare out. This detail has not been officially announced, though, and could be something as simple as the wrong template being used when the design is painted onto the shell.
Michigan State made quite the statement when it followed the basketball program’s lead by unveiling neon-green accented alternate uniforms this spring. The uniforms — which will be worn during a night game this fall, presumably the matchup with Arizona State on Sept. 14 — feature an oversized neon green “STATE” across the chest, neon green pants and a neon green Spartan decal on the helmet.
Don’t be surprised when some of these elements are mixed with the white helmet and/or jersey when Michigan State hits the road, too.
Nebraska unveiled brand new black alternate uniforms that pay homage to the football program’s “Blackshirts” monicker. The design itself isn’t a significant departure from the Cornhuskers’ standard home and road look, the most notable difference being the lack of sleeve stripes — which have been related with a skull and crossbones wearing Nebraska’s helmet.
That logo represents the “Blackshirts,” a term that dates back to the 1960s and was inspired by the black jerseys the Cornhuskers’ first-team defense wore in practice.
Northwestern is set to break out a new Gothic-theme uniform this season, presumably for it’s primetime tilt with Ohio State on Oct. 18. The uniforms — which are a nod to the university’s original school colors and feature a font that mimics signs around campus — appear to be slightly different than previous iterations, however.
The Wildcats will also wear a fauxback uniform for its meeting with Wisconsin on Sept. 28. Both teams will be outfitted in brand new designs that are meant to replicate the early days of football, but have been adjusted accordingly for today’s equipment.
Penn State will wear its “Generations of Greatness” throwback uniform for its homecoming game against Purdue on Oct. 5. The uniform is not all that different from what the Nittany Lions currently wear, but combines different elements from the past including a gray face mask, helmet numbers, a block font, a blue stripe on the pants and white cleats.
Seeing as Rutgers is widely considered the birthplace of college football, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Scarlet Knights break out some throwback uniforms to commemorate the 150th anniversary of their aforementioned win over Princeton. The program has shown off numerous designs on social media, as seen above, so hopefully they see the field this fall.
As mentioned, Wisconsin is set to wear a fauxback uniform when it plays host to Northwestern on Sept. 28. The Badgers will wear plain cardinal uniforms with “UW” on the chest and a rounded number font, as well as khaki pants and a white helmet with a thin cardinal stripe and white face mask.
Marshall has scrapped its old white uniform in favor of some new road threads that should remind fans of when Randy Moss, Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich helped elevate the program from a Division I-AA (now FCS) powerhouse to Mid-American Conference champions.
The most notable difference when comparing the two looks is that the Thundering Herd will no longer have contrasting sleeve caps — which had been both green and black in recent years — while the team wordmark on the chest is also much larger.
As a way to honor the victims of a mass shooting at a local Walmart, UTEP will wear #ElPasoStrong helmet decals throughout the duration of the upcoming season.
“The events of Aug. 3rd left us shaken, but it hasn’t deterred our spirit,” athletic director Jim Senter said. “Our objective is to not only pay tribute to the victims of this senseless violence, but to celebrate all things that make El Paso so wonderful – including the efforts of the first responders and other heroes in the face of this unspeakable tragedy.”
Army was set to wear the CFB 150 patch, but head coach Jeff Monken did not like how it looked on the Black Knights’ black home uniform and had it removed. The team will continue to wear it on the white road uniform, however.
After one season of striping inconsistencies, Liberty has updated its white road uniform to match its red home jersey. The Flames previously wore a thicker stripe, but moved to a more traditional pattern.
Notre Dame will wear a throwback uniform against Boston College on Nov. 23 to celebrate the program’s 1988 national championship. The uniforms feature faux-mesh numbers and will be paired with special gloves and cleats, though its worth noting the number font and monogram aren’t entirely accurate.
UMass recently unveiled new uniforms that feature “Massachusetts” across the chest and a simplified number font and striping pattern. The Minutemen also introduced a new white helmet that features the program’s script wordmark rather than its primary logo.
Ball State also solved its issue of inconsistent home and road uniforms with the introduction of a new cardinal jersey with UCLA stripes. The Cardinals will also have new three-dimensional helmet bumpers this season.
Bowling Green is one of two MAC schools to adopt Boise State’s slanted stripe pattern this offseason. The Falcons have also ditched their tapered helmet stripe for a more traditional pattern.
Buffalo recently introduced a new gray alternate jersey that perfectly complements the Bulls’ blue home, white road and black alternate uniforms, though it’s the only one of the four on Nike’s Vapor Untouchable template. No word when they’ll be worn, though.
Central Michigan enters a new era under the direction of first-year head coach Jim McElwain, so its only appropriate for the team to unveil new uniforms for the upcoming season. The changes aren’t significant at first glance, but include moving away from Adidas’ TechFit (tire tread) template and the introduction of an italicized font to match the movement of the Chippewas’ Flying “C” logo.
Eastern Michigan has tinkered with its uniforms quite a bit in recent years, but appears to have found the perfect shade of green with its most recent update. The Eagles continue to emphasize the diamond plate design and reflective silver steel on the helmets and in the numbers, though it’ll be interesting to see if the latter remains on the road set given the NCAA rules about contrast.
Kent State has traded in its blue-heavy road uniforms for yellow-trimmed uniforms that oddly features the phrase “Flash Fast” upside down on the pant leg. The simple lightning bolts on the sleeve caps are a nice touch, though.
Ohio upgraded from the aforementioned TechFit template to adidas’ Primeknit A1 template, which moved the manufacturer’s logo from the collar to the left shoulder.
Toledo followed the lead of its biggest rival, Bowling Green, by adopting slanted sleeve stripes this offseason. The Rockets — who will also wear a black jersey for the first time since 2013 — went with slanted stripes on the pants, as well, rather than the team name.
Speaking of Boise State, the Broncos are set to wear brand new black uniforms in conjunction with a stadium-wide blackout against Air Force on Sept. 20.
The uniforms match the design of Boise State’s current blue home, white road and orange alternate jerseys, but feature reflective stripes and typography, blue outlines and very little orange throughout. The matte black helmet includes a chrome blue facemark and a hydro-dipped chrome bronco.
Colorado State is set to wear a brand new helmet for its homecoming game against San Diego State on Oct. 5. The white lid features a forward-facing ram head on both sides and a green and gold stripe down the middle. There is also a decal celebrating that celebrates the university’s sesquicentennial.
The Rams will also bring back their popular State Pride and orange Ag Day alternate uniforms this season.
Hawai’i is also among the stragglers who have yet to officially announce a new uniform as part of Under Armour’s “School Heritage” series. The Rainbow Warriors last wore throwback uniforms during a 38-0 loss to Ohio State in 2015.
Nevada follows a number of other adidas programs updating from the TechFit template to the Primeknit A1 template. The Wolf Pack have also added an outline around their wordmark and numbers, white sleeve cuffs and TV numbers.
SAN JOSE STATE
Almost always synonymous with Michigan State, the “Gruff Sparty” logo will make its way onto San Jose State’s helmets for the season opener against Northern Colorado. Surprisingly, the blue and gold Spartans first used said logo in 1948, three years before the green and white Spartans did in 1951.
As part of a season-long celebration of Sam Boyd Stadium, UNLV will wear a throwback helmet during its season opener against Southern Utah on Aug. 31. The helmet, which features an interlocking “UN” logo, was designed by Bill Ireland — the first coach in school history — and replicates the design worn by the Rebels from 1969-72.
UNLV is set to move into the $1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium, home to the NFL’s Oakland/soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders, in 2020. The Rebels are also wearing a modified CFB 150 patch, which features team colors rather than the standard silver supplied by the Emblem Source.
After just one season in modern threads, Wyoming has returned to a more traditional uniform style this season. The Cowboys custom letter and number font remains, but the uniforms now feature consistent striping from the helmet down.
Other minor changes include the university’s full name on the front helmet bumper (as opposed to the state abbreviation) and a larger primary logo on the pants. The adidas logo on the pants has also switched from white to brown.
Arizona marked its season-opening trip to Hawai’i by wearing helmets that paid homage to the 1,177 servicemen who lost their lives aboard the U.S.S. Arizona during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The Wildcats also donned a “DT” decal on the back of the helmets in honor of late head coach Dick Tomey.
Considered one of the most environmentally friendly campuses in the country, Arizona State was among the handful of adidas schools to receive a “Selfless” alternate uniform. The uniforms is constructed from synthetic waste such as industrial plastic, waste fabric and fishing nets, and features a state flag on the sleeves as a nod to the more than 80 solar panels on the Tempe campus.
Like several schools listed above, Cal will eventually unveil throwback uniforms this season as part of Under Armour’s “School Heritage” line. The design will be very familiar, though, as the Bears will once again wear uniforms in memory of former quarterback Joe Roth, who died of melanoma at age 21 in 1977.
Oregon became the first program to upgrade to Nike’s new Vapor Fusion template when it unveiled brand new uniforms earlier this month. The overall design of the uniforms remained mostly intact, but the Ducks introduced two different white jerseys — one with apple green numbers and the other with iridescent green numbers — and a “Nightmare Green” helmet and jersey into the rotation.
Oregon State was among the last Nike programs still wearing the eight-year-old Speed Machine template last season, but updated to the Vapor Untouchable template when it introduced brand new uniforms this spring.
Several design cues were carried over from the Beavers’ last set, including the helmet and number font. The stripes were moved from the sleeve caps to the shoulders and the pants and the numbers now feature a sublimated tree ring pattern, though.
Oregon State will also be the only team in the country without a white road jersey, as the Beavers’ new set features a wood-colored fabric throughout.
Stanford will wear the CFB 150 patch for the first game of the season against Northwestern on Aug. 31, but swap that for a team-specific 125th anniversary patch for the remainder of the year. The Cardinal will wear the anniversary logo on their helmets for the game against the Wildcats, meanwhile.
Similarly, UCLA will celebrate its 100th season with a patch on its home blue jersey yet wear the CFB 150 patch on their road white set. The Bruins will also wear the 100th anniversary logo as a helmet decal for the entirety of the season.
Utah shared a teaser this month of a throwback uniform that resembles what the Utes wore during the 1966-67 season. Utah went 9-12 over those two seasons, but the decision to honor those teams surely has to do with the fact that the Utes haven’t worn silver helmets or pants in the years since.
As part of its move from Nike to adidas, Washington unveiled new uniforms this summer. The Huskies’ new threads feature an “Angle of Pursuit” font that mimics the 15-degree slant in the university’s iconic Block “W” and numbers that are dotted with sublimated rain drops, which is rather appropriate for a city in which it rains more than 150 days each year.
The uniforms also pay homage to Washington’s undefeated 1991 Rose Bowl season, particularly the lack of gold on the road set. There are also three purple iridescent stripes on the sleeves that adidas claims is meant to convey the look of a king’s velvet robe.
Alabama added 3D bumpers to the front and back of its helmets, with “Crimson Tide” replacing the manufacturer’s mark on the back.
Arkansas unveiled throwback uniforms this offseason that replicate those worn by the program during the Darren McFadden era (2005-07). The cardinal uniform prominently displays the school name across the chest in an all-caps large block font, with the classic running Razorback logo on the sleeves. The white pants, meanwhile, feature a double cardinal stripe down the side.
It’s worth noting these uniforms will not replace Arkansas’ primary home and road uniforms this season, but head coach Chad Morris said the Razorbacks will wear them every chance they get.
Auburn is one of just five programs — including Cincinnati, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Wisconsin — to be outfitted in the newest version of Under Armour’s ArmourGrid template this season. The biggest difference from the previous template is the thinner collar and the addition of “file tabs” above the conference and manufacturer logos, as well as extra ventilation areas throughout the uniform.
The Tigers will wear a helmet sticker during the first two games of the season in honor of late play-by-play announcer Rod Bramblett, who died in a car accident in May.
Auburn is also in the process of tweaking their primary logo, removing the negative space between the upper part of the “A” and “U,” as well as downsizing the “U” to match the height of the “A” — coincidentally creating what looks like a “T” in the negative space at the bottom.
Although there’s been no official announcement from Florida, it appears the Gators once again break out 1966 throwback uniforms this season. Retail versions of the jersey have been sold at the university book store since mid-summer and the ticket for the game against Auburn on Oct. 5 features a photo of ticket stub from the 1966 matchup with the Tigers.
Florida wore similar throwback uniforms during its 2006 national championship season.
In addition to three-dimensional bumpers on the helmet, Georgia shared a photo on social media of black alternate uniforms with the CFB 150 patch. The Bulldogs haven’t worn black uniforms since 2016, but fans continue to clamor for their return. Maybe this is the season.
Also included in the above-mentioned adidas “Selfless” pack, Mississippi State will wear black alternate uniforms that feature iridescent, color-shifting stripes that mimic a circuit board. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the Bulldogs’ replica jerseys will be donated to the T.K. Martin Center, which provides assistive technology for individuals with disabilities to participate in educational, vocational and leisure activities.
Traditional stripes were a fixture on the Missouri’s helmet until they were replaced by modern stripes that featured sublimated tiger print with a rebrand ahead of the 2012 season. They made their return for the Liberty Bowl last December, though, and will now be a permanent part of the Tigers’ black and white helmets moving forward.
South Carolina will wear throwback uniforms this season that pay honor the “Black Magic” and “Black Death” teams of the 1980s. The design includes the return of a garnet helmet with the Block “C” inside a white circle, a look that has been worn just one (the 2015 meeting with Clemson) since former head coach Lou Holtz moved the program to white helmets in 1999. The Gamecocks have yet to announce which game or games these throwback uniforms will be worn, however.
Texas A&M will commemorate its 125th season with an anniversary logo that will be worn on the Aggies’ helmet and displayed on the 25-yard line at Kyle Field.
Vanderbilt recently unveiled all-gray “Battle Ready” alternate uniforms with helmets that mimic the facade of a battleship and feature 82 rivets as a nod to late tight end Turner Cockrell, who died last November after a year-long battle with melanoma.
The alternate uniforms follow the same design template as the black home and white road set Vanderbilt unveiled back in early June, the only difference being the phrase “Anchor Down” on the pant leg rather than an anchor chain pattern. The Commodores also use contrast stitching on their new home and road uniforms, reminiscent of the Cleveland Browns’ current set.
Georgia State has also added three-dimensional bumpers to the front and back of its helmets this season.
Louisiana-Lafayette will honor longtime equipment manager Lynn Williams, who passed away in March at age 56, with a helmet decal this season. The Ragin’ Cajuns have also added three-dimensional bumpers.
With its move to adidas’ Primeknit A1 template, South Alabama changed its wordmark from blue to red. The Jaguars have also added red cuffs on the sleeves.
Troy also unveiled new uniforms with a template switch, swapping its beveled number font for a traditional block font and introducing a new set of sleeve stripes. The Trojans also replaced the logo wordmark on the chest with a simple white font.
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