August 17, 2011

Uniform Bracket: USC v. Colorado

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By The Daily Axe Staff

#1 USC and #5 Colorado square off in Round 2.

Record voting. Record traffic. Yesterday witnessed the most traffic yet in The Great Western Uniform Bracket 2011 thanks to the enthusiasm of Washington Huskies followers and plugs from Washington reporters and fans (especially Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times). We’re glad to say that the uniform bracket has attracted fans from across the conference and is one of the most popular features we’ve ever done. With that in mind, be sure to vote in the final 24 hours of Oregon-Washington and to vote in the two match-ups that will conclude the second round with a bang: USC-Colorado and Stanford-Cal, both of which begin today. As always, commenting on any uniform bracket post or using Twitter or Facebook to interact with us makes you eligible for our bracket prize for a lucky reader.

The #1 seed USC Trojans start their uniform bracket journey against Pac-12 freshman and first-round darling Colorado. The Buffs saw a tremendous rally of support in the first round and took down favored Arizona by capturing–this is no error–94% of the vote. USC has a strong fan base and uniforms regularly lauded as some of the best in all of college football. But can Trojan fans outdo those of Boulder? We have a lot of gold clothes to talk about, so let’s get to it.

First comes the top seed in the South Division: Southern California.

Overview: USC

It’s a safe bet that virtually everyone who reads this already knows what USC uniforms look like. More than any other school in the Pac-12, USC has a brand that represents football in California and college football in general. USC uniforms are regularly listed as some of the best in the game and exude Trojan tradition. You know, USC tradition:

(Photo via @avinashkunnath on Flickr)

This is a team that wears the hybrid colors of Big Game (cardinal and gold are the officially listed colors of USC) and red and yellow probably aren’t used to decorate a whole lot of living rooms. But the program makes good use of the two in creating a uniform that it’s wisely chosen not to fool with very often.

USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley wears the home USC jersey. (Photo via @Neon Tommy on Flickr)

That fidelity to the traditional USC look could be coming to a temporary end soon. Rumors have swirled that USC will wear a black alternate for its year-end rivalry game against UCLA, when the team could don a black helmet. Until that happens, the Trojan uniform is about as predictable as it comes, wearing the cardinal top in the Coliseum and the white top on the road.

USC's away uniforms (Photo:

Like ’em or hate ’em, there’s one thing that’s hard to dispute: they are quintessentially University of Southern California.

Overview: Colorado

Colorado enters the 2011 season and its first year of Pac-12 membership with new uniforms and helmets for the football team. Fortunately, they’re not much different from the traditional Buffs attire. The gold of the helmet will now be less yellow and more pure gold, matching the color of the CU logo. The new color more closely resembles the gold used throughout the rest of the uniform and the university’s branding in general, remedying the inconsistency between the previous helmet and the jersey and pants:

Colorado's old helmets, which do not match the color of the pants (Image via @Coleen Danger on Flickr)

So long to those yellow-gold shells. Here’s a look at the new shade of gold, modeled by CU linebacker Doug Rippy (in wide receiver Paul Richardson’s #6 jersey):

Rippy wears the new home CU uniform (via @THanson9 on Twitter)

Along with the helmet, the jersey goes retro with plain white, block numbers and the large block Colorado nameplate across the chest. It’s hardly a dramatic departure from the 2010 home uniforms, but a step in the right direction relative to the 2009 ensemble, as Nick Groke at the Denver Post noted. Jon Woods at Ralphie Report also reported that the away jersey for 2011 will assume the same design as the home shirt, while substituting the away white for home black. It’s also worth noting that a poster on predicted this uniform change almost exactly back in February 2010.

In all, the Colorado uniform has a throwback feel that has Western U.S. written all over it (and, considering the bold Colorado and the Pac-12 patch, that’s literally true). The design does a great job of representing the character of the state while presenting a look that should be popular with both fans and the players. The new uniforms also closely resemble those the team wore in 1990, when the Buffs won the National Championship. That could be the good luck charm that CU needs to turn the football program around and start off its tenure in the Pac-12 with a successful season.

So which will it be: Trojans or Buffs?

Voting in this match-up is now closed. Check back at on Friday for results of the voting.

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