CBSSports’ Tom Fornelli Ranks Penn State’s Jerseys No. 1 In The Big Ten
Black shoes and basic blues might not be the flashiest combination, but it’s a look that transformed into an iconic college football staple.
As decades passed, programs around the country constantly pushed the uniform envelope, venturing into uncharted territory with mixed results; some combinations succeeded (see Oregon, TCU), some modernized a classic symbol, (see Maryland,) and some just flat-out missed (see Wisconsin/Nebraska). But according to CBSSports’ Tom Fornelli, who compiled a list of the Big Ten’s best jerseys from worst to first, tradition wins every time. Fornelli ranked Penn State’s iconic attire the best in the conference over the similarly traditional looks of programs like Michigan and Ohio State, lauding the uniform’s simplicity:
Earlier in this post, I called Wisconsin’s uniforms boring, but said they aren’t the right kind of boring. Penn State’s uniforms are the right kind of boring. They’re basic, clean, simple, and beautiful. There’s no logo, there aren’t even names on the jerseys. Just blocks of color with a white helmet featuring a blue stripe. I know that a lot of you will disagree with me having Penn State ranked here, and I’ll completely understand where you’re coming from. To you these might not be the right kind of boring, but just plain boring. And that’s fine, but I love them. The only thing I’d like to see change is going back to having the white or blue collar on the jerseys. They made things pop a bit more.
Sometimes less is more, and when it comes to college football, certain mainstays are better left unaltered. Though I personally enjoyed the program’s removal of the white/blue trim in favor of a more consistent navy appearance — sorry, I’m a millennial and a sucker for navy blue — Fornelli’s point about a return to the classic collar would be almost universally embraced by the Penn State fanbase.
It all boils down to the simple message instilled by the “Black Shoes, Basic Blues, No Names, All Game” philosophy: the caliber of a team’s performance should turn heads, not the flash of a uniform.