Ugliest College Football Uniforms

October 8, 2009

A blog reader who claims he is “That Fan” passed along a YouTube video to share that ranks the ugliest college football uniforms.  I have to say he is spot on with some of his picks, but I will apologize in advance for the video’s music.

Think another school should have made it in the top 10?  Leave a comment and we will keep a running vote.

Speaking of uniforms, a little blog foreshadowing here…I’ll be looking into school performance based on the athletic company that provides the uni’s (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, etc.).  Don’t think it impacts performance at all?  Probably not, but my theory is that it may impact recruiting.  Just a little sign of things to come…


Color-Outs Not Looking So Colorful

October 8, 2009

I’ve started digging for data on this color-out project.  Below I’ve listed all the college football games that I could find for 2009 so far and it doesn’t look that great:  4 wins, 6 losses (261 points for, 240 points against)

White outs:  3 wins, 4 losses (207 points for vs. 156 points against)

9/10/09:  Georgia Tech vs. Clemson:  W, 30-27

9/12/09:  Virginia Tech vs. Marshall:  W, 52-10

9/12/09:  Boise State vs. Miami (OH):  W, 48-0

9/18/09:  Fresno State vs. Boise State:  L, 51-34

9/26/09:  Mississippi State vs. LSU:  L, 30-26

9/26/09:  Florida State vs. South Florida:  L, 17-7

9/26/09:  Penn State vs. Iowa:  L, 21-10 (PSU ranked#5)

Black outs: 1 win, 2 losses (54 points for, 84 points against)

9/12/09:  Middle Tennessee State vs. Memphis:  W, 31-14

9/12/09:  Western Kentucky vs. South Florida:  L, 35-13

10/2/09:  Louisville vs. Pitt:  L, 35-10

10/31/09:  Kentucky vs. Mississippi State:  N/A

11/21/09:  Missouri vs. Iowa State:  N/A

Blue outs:

10/10/09:  Ole Miss vs. Alabama:  N/A

I think this shows a very interesting trend, however I must qualify this data by pointing out that the sample size is extremely small (7 completed games).  I will continue to do research and make sure I get as many of the games as possible, including prior years.  This is also where you come in…know of a game?  Leave a comment and I will update the results.  Another point to take into consideration is that schools normally do a color-out for big games, thus those games are more likely to be close (which means a greater chance for a loss).  Know of a color-out game in the past or future?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Another view of a Penn State whiteout.  Notice the "S"

Another view of a Penn State whiteout. Notice the "S"

Color-Out = Crowd Advantage?

October 7, 2009

This post is just the beginning of what will be one of my many research projects over the coming years.  My college football team of choice which will remain nameless (for now at least) because they aren’t performing well enough for me to give them the free publicity, has a tradition with the fans that I will call “Color-Outs”.  What this basically means is that the team will encourage all of the fans to wear a certain school color to the game so that the stadium/arena stands get flooded with that color.  You may have heard of them…”Blackouts”, “Whiteouts”, etc.

What I really want to know is, WHY?  I mean, I know why, it looks really cool, right?  Or is there really a part of this theme that can actually make an impact on a game?  If you are reading this blog you are more than likely a sports fanatic (or maybe you are just a friend of mine who is reading because I asked you to…thanks guys!) and us fanatics will do whatever we can to show support for our team and feel closer to the action.  But what if I told you that dressing in all black with the rest of the fans can actually help your team win?  Would you believe me?  Well, I’m not here to pronounce any detailed knowledge yet, but it is something I’m going to be researching from past games and monitoring future outcomes as well, and will post my findings each step of the way.  You will see many research projects like this on my blog and I hope you enjoy them…come to think of it, if you have an idea for one let me know.

I’m going to work to compile a database of all of the games in which a team has had one of these promotions, look at the outcome of the game, and see if there are any statistically significant trends that might lead me to believe there is an added benefit other than just having a sweet looking crowd.

My initial thoughts are mixed, but I think there may be something to it.  These games help create some buzz amongst the fans, which may or may not lead to fans being more excited at the game, which then may or may not make them louder at the game, which may or may not pump up the home team’s players and scare the living hell out of the away team’s players (probably not the latter, although an insanely loud crowd during the away team’s third-down huddle never hurt anyone).

Where did it all start?  Not totally sure on that yet, although I’ve read that Oklahoma State started it with an Orange-out in 2003.  From there Penn State seemed to have perfected it during their big rivalry games with the White-out form (and have actually tried a Blue-out a couple times).

Penn State Whiteout - Unreal!

Penn State Whiteout - Unreal!

Teams like Georgia and Louisville have done their own Black-out versions, along with countless other schools.  I’ll do some research and see what I find…think any teams lost at home during their White-out or Black-out games?  I know of one that recently got crushed on national TV, but I’ll save that for the next post on the topic once I’ve collected more data.

University of Georgia Black-out game vs. Alabama

University of Georgia Black-out game vs. Alabama