Aug 31, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Brandon Doughty (12) during warm ups prior to the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at LP Field
Nov 16, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) celebrates with Oregon Ducks running back Byron Marshall (9) after scoring a touchdown by against the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium.
Michigan State tackle Dan France, right, and tackle Fou Fonoti (51) celebrate with R.J. Shelton, left, after Shelton scored a touchdown against Nebraska in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.
PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 16: Rutgers Scarlet Knights are wearing helmets with a stars and stripes logo in honor of Military Appreciation Day before the start of their game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Northwestern linebackers, wearing the Wildcats new patriotic-themed uniform, run on to the field before an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.
Nov 9, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back SaDale Foster (8) is tackled by Kansas State Wildcats free safety Ty Zimmerman (12) during the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Nov 9, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers helmet on the field before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium.
Nov 9, 2013; West Point, NY, USA; Army Black Knights quarterback Angel Santiago (3) carries the ball during the first half against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Michie Stadium.
Nov 9, 2013; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; A Florida State Seminoles player holds up a helmet prior to kickoff against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field.
Nov 9, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Roberson (5) holds his helmet prior to the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Helmets of the Georgia Bulldogs rest on the sideline during a game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Rice Owls wear pink Rice Owls emblems on their helmets in in honor of National Breast Cancer Month on October 26, 2013 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. Rice won 45-7.
Where there's Smokey ...
On Oct. 5, Tennessee wore a color it calls "Smokey gray," named in honor of its hound mascot, known as Smokey. The sharp-looking Vols took No. 6 Georgia to overtime before losing 34-31.
Black is the new blue
A helmet for the North Carolina Tar Heels shows black more prominent than Carolina Blue for their game against the Miami Hurricanes at Kenan Stadium on Oct. 17 in Chapel Hill.
The cat's whiskers
A Washington State helmet sports a logo that incorporates the Cougars mascot.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota of the Oregon Ducks wears a pink helmet as he warms up before the game against the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium on Oct. 19 in Eugene, Ore. The color is part of a breast cancer awareness campaign.
Proud to be colorful
Maryland featured its "State Pride" uniforms that included a state flag on the helmet -- and lots of red, as seen on quarterback C.J. Brown. At least it didn't hurt the Terrapins, who rolled over West Virginia 37-0 in Baltimore.
Losing its touch ...
... or starting a new fad? For years, Oregon has been the king of the eye-popping, head-scratching helmet/uniform combinations. But at home against Nicholls State in Aug. 31's season opener, the Ducks came out on fire on the field (a 66-3 win), but did so in a rather underwhelming outfit. But alas, before you poo-poo these digs (after all, duck feathers on a helmet . . . it's been done), perhaps Team Nike knows what it’s doing. Around the nation, teams followed the Ducks' lead and served notice that perhaps 2013 is the year of the solid-color uniform. But if that's the case, not every team got the memo; so click ahead and check out the wardrobe winners — and malfunctions.
See what we mean?
Oregon wasn't the only team going for the white-on-white look, with a twist on the helmet. Boise State (far left) went with a look it pulled out last season, putting a blue outline of its bronco mascot on white helmets. Kentucky also had the blue on white helmet, but went simpler with the logo. The look didn't work for either of them — they both lost on the road.
West Coast twist
Northwestern and Nevada traveled to Pac-12 schools in Week 1, and packed with them a little twist to the all-white look. The Wolfpack's silver did them no good, as they were blown out at UCLA. But the Wildcats’ proud purple stripe did the trick, as No. 22 Northwestern won at Cal.
Missouri sported the solid-color look; going with the all-black unis with yellow trim in a win over hopeless Murray State. Likewise, Baylor rolled a weakling (Wofford), giving the Terriers a healthy heaping of mean green.
Method to the madness
You gotta give TCU credit. The Horned Frogs brain trust didn't just say, 'Hey, since our colors are black and purple, let's go with all-black unis, bookended with purple cleats and helmets.' No, TCU athletics had two reasons for rolling these bad boys out in AT&T Stadium (the palace the Dallas Cowboys call home) against mighty LSU. First, the uniforms are part of the Nike Pro Combat Hypercool line, so you gotta figure the school got paid. And the Horned Frogs added that bright red stripe in the middle of the helmet, not because their school colors are purple, black and a hint of red, but rather as a 'visual reminder of the 'bloodlines' and brotherhood of the team'. Of course, the Tigers then served up a reminder of the dominance of the SEC, winning the game 37-27.
Things that make you say ...
Not every team went with the one-color look with a twist to get your attention. Just look at Western Kentucky here. Somebody had to go with the chrome helmet look, so why not the Hilltoppers? Of course, just tossing the flag logo on top of the helmet leaves a bit to be desired, but their play didn't as they topped in-state foe Kentucky.
Another step backward?
Maryland made noise a couple of years ago when the Terrapins started sporting the crest on the state flag on their helmets. But like Oregon in Week 1, Maryland went more subdued than normal while sticking with the primary theme. Instead, they brought the real noise to the field, blowing out Florida International.
Stick to the hardcourt?
There is no questioning Duke's prowess on the basketball court. Likewise, there's little doubt as to the Blue Devils' lack of prowess in recent seasons. But these unis, with that Back to the Future 50's look to them, worked in Week 1 — a 45-0 shutout of North Carolina Central.
As for Duke's rival ...
We're not sure what the North Carolina Tar Heels were doing with this one. In fact, we won't even try. All we know, aside from the fact the Tar Heels lost to South Carolina in the nation's first game of the season on Aug. 29, is this is another Nike Pro Combat concoction, and there are many more combinations coming. Thanks a lot, Ducks.
Now we're talking!
The Alabama Crimson Tide is among the kings of the ordinary. Crimson helmet, crimson jersey. White pants, white numbers on the helmet. But have Nick Saban's guys actually found a way to sport more boring attire? Or perhaps they are so good the Tide is going to start playing in old leather helmets to give opponents a better chance to keep up. That actually doesn't sound like a bad idea, but this time Christion Jones wears the helmet after scoring three TDs in the No. 1 team in the nation's blowout win over Virginia Tech in the season opener.