Ranking the most elite and unique jerseys from around college football.
When analyzing the coolest jerseys on the collegiate scene, it’s hard for the mind not to immediately defer to Oregon and it’s plethora of uniforms. The Nike-sponsored school has become a gold-standard for uniforms over the course of the last few seasons.
However — in this list ranking the top jerseys from across the nation — only one jersey is allowed per team. Sorry Ducks fans. It is not just the flashiness and intricacy of a uniform which leads them to this list. Although those traits are often associated with the adjective ‘best’, those aren’t the only determining factors. In some cases, it’s the tradition behind a jersey or the simplicity of the thread which makes it great.
There are more than 120 FBS college football teams and while they all have their own symbolic uniforms, only a select few can make this list. If you don’t find your team on the list, feel free to comment as to why your school’s jersey should be considered in the top 30.
30. LSU (White)
Kicking off the list at No. 30 is the LSU Tigers. The Bayou Bengals’ traditional white thread is one of the most recognizable jerseys in college football. Other than one or two rare occasions per year, the Tigers sport their standard white jerseys in every game they play; home or away. While a few other teams — such as ECU — sport the purple and gold, nobody wears it better than the Tigers.
Even though the Bayou Bengals’ jersey is rather simple, it perfectly embodies the spirit of the Pelican State. The purple and gold shoulder stripes represent the school’s unique color scheme which resembles mardi gras. Whereas the purple outweighs the gold on the jersey (two stripes, lettering and numbering), the lack of gold on the jersey is more than made up for on the Tigers’ pants and helmet. Despite the helmet using an alternate LSU logo, the jerseys are home to the ‘Geaux’ font fans have become accustomed to. The dark purple lettering and numbering make players easy to identify while looking slick and not out of place.
Overall, the jersey ties the uniform together nicely with the white preventing the uniform from being an eyesore. Head to toe gold would be a bit much. With the white, LSU can combine all of the colors which make up the university into one uniform. Just like nearly every other aspect of LSU — such as Tiger Stadium — the Tigers’ white uniforms represent the traditional approach its football program takes. In the end, the simplistic style and traditional appeal allowed LSU to squeak onto this list.