It ruffled some feathers around here when Bill O’Brien added names to the backs of the venerated white and blue, but the national media didn’t seem to mind: NFL.com found Penn State’s simplistic jerseys the best in college football as part of its 14 for ’14 series previewing the upcoming season.
From Bryan Fischer, who compiled the rankings:
There’s just something great about seeing the clean lines and classic look of the Nittany Lions once the team will take the field with a white-out at Beaver Stadium. The design has changed little over the years, but there have been some slight tweaks the last few seasons. Notably, former head coach Bill O’Brien added names to the back — but that might be a decision James Franklin will reverse in 2014. Until Penn State takes the field, we’ll wonder what the exact look will be this year. But, as always, we’ll have a good idea given the history of the blue and white.
The website found Penn State’s unis even better than Oregon’s new-age, endlessly variable uniforms, which clocked in at No. 2. We’ve debated whether Penn State should join schools like Oregon in the uniform renaissance, but when asked if he was planning on some uniform changes by the Big Ten Network, James Franklin responded, “Are you trying to get me killed? Is that what you’re trying to do? Yeah, that ain’t happening around here. That’s not going to happen around here.”
Penn State’s uniforms always seem to be the subject of some sort of rankings. Last year, the NCAA said they were the second-most iconic in the game, while Big Ten writers ranked them only the third-best in the conference.
I think all rankings of this kind should be taken with a grain of salt, but I need to note that NFL.com’s really stand out in that regard — another 14 for ’14 list didn’t include Beaver Stadium as one of the country’s best. Come on, now.