With less than a week until the official start of the college football season, we've compiled a conference-by-conference list of the uniform changes for 2014.
We'll continue to update this list until kickoff, at which point we'll bring you weekly recaps and weekend previews throughout the season. While we hope we've listed them all, there are 128 (and counting) programs at the FBS level. If any uniform news has slipped through the cracks, let us know in the comments below.
The Bearcats have changed the color of the numbers on their black home and red alternate jerseys. Last season, the numbers were silver with white trim, but they'll be solid white in 2014.
In addition to unveiling a streamlined logo as part of a school-wide rebrand, the Pirates revealed new uniforms earlier this month. The team upgraded from the first Pro Combat uniform template to the Speed Machine template, which includes a Flywire collar.
Less is more, when it comes to the Cougars, as the team wore uniforms with an obnoxious shoulder yoke one season ago. Revealing relatively plain uniforms earlier this summer, Houston will actually look decent when the team opens its brand new stadium later this month. In addition, you'll notice that the Cougars have added an 11-yard-line at TDECU Stadium for 1989 Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware.
One of many teams to join the chrome craze, the Bulls revealed a chrome gold helmet and a matte green helmet with an oversized chrome decal and facemask. It's unclear, however, whether these have become the primary look or if they'll be added to the other helmets in the team's repertoire. The Bulls also flirted with replacing player names with "The Team", but it is against NCAA rules.
After wearing 1980s Pony Express throwback uniforms against Rutgers, the Mustangs received requests to wear them more often. In response, the Mustangs created red and white versions to match.
New SMU uniforms for 2014 pic.twitter.com/NNHgALzHcK— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) August 21, 2014
One season ago, the Owls seemingly wore different helmet decals every week, including one of the Liberty Bell. The team also unveiled helmets with owl feathers against Notre Dame. It looks like Temple hasn't run out of ideas, either, as the equipment staff wants us to stay tuned.
I told you all to stay tuned................ Its coming.......— Temple Equipment (@TempleUEquip) August 15, 2014
The Green Wave have one of the most underrated color combinations in sports, but their new uniforms that minimize the use of light blue leaves something to be desired. The helmet, however, is gorgeous.
Similar to Michigan, Clemson may be honoring legends of the program with a special patch this season. Freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson was seen wearing a patch to honor two-time ACC Player of the Year Steve Fuller at Clemson's fan day.
To commemorate the program's 1989 ACC Championship, the Blue Devils unveiled uniforms that resemble those from the Steve Spurrier-led squad. My only gripe is the inconsistency in the numbers from uniform to uniform.
Similar to the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Seminoles ditched one of the best uniforms in sports for a Nike-fied shell of itself. The fade-to-black helmet is pretty cool and the pattern on the sleeves/collar is a nice tribute to the Seminole tribe, but a simple update to the latest Nike template would have sufficed.
Slight change for the Yellow Jackets, who have replaced navy sleeve cuffs with gold.
Tiny change for GaTech this season: sleeve cuffs are changing from navy to gold. pic.twitter.com/XtgNuS6i5T— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) August 19, 2014
Although former head coach Charlie Strong said that the black uniforms were only prototypes to show recruits, new head coach Bobby Petrino wasted little time in announcing they'll be worn in the season opener against Miami. The Cardinals have also added a chrome facemask to their helmets.
Check out the blackout uniforms for game 1 against Miami. pic.twitter.com/nKIQ68dpBc— LouisvilleFootball (@ULFBRecruiting) August 15, 2014
Hoping to renew its lost swagger, Miami unveiled four new uniforms this offseason: Juice, Surge, Stormtrooper, and Smoke. With the custom font and school mascot on the sleeves, hip, and alternate helmets, the Hurricanes haven't looked this good since they were crowned national champions.
North Carolina State
NC State's "Pack in Black" alternate helmet, featuring a carbon fiber fade-to-red design with wolf eyes, will likely be paired with a yet-to-be-unveiled black jersey.
"Pack in Black" pic.twitter.com/UUhpL4yNHh— NC State Football (@PackFootball) May 18, 2014
Like Ohio State and Nebraska, this historic program is celebrating its 125th season with a commemorative logo.
Good look at Pitt Football's 125th-season logo. pic.twitter.com/ATzsXowZrq— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) August 17, 2014
The Orange unveiled uniforms that pay tribute to the eleven players in school history that have worn the No. 44. However, the custom font, designed to mimic the height of the buildings in New York City, and striping make this one of the worst rebrands in recent memory.
Needing new uniforms in the worst way, the Illini revamped the entire athletic department in April. The Block "I" has become the school's primary identification mark and will be featured prominently on new matte helmets. The jerseys are the best part, though, with sublimated stripes as a nod to football legend Red Grange.
Under Armour constantly tinkers with Maryland's uniforms, but may have something with the Pride 2.0 uniforms. The Terps wore the red version of these uniforms twice last season, but will debut black and white versions this year.
When Michigan plays host to Penn State in the third installment of the Under the Lights game, the Wolverines will be outfitted in alternate uniforms yet again. The monochrome blue set will be the team's sixth alternate uniform since 2011.
The reigning Big Ten champions have removed the green shoulder yoke from its standard road uniform. Just like the team did with the matching home set a few season ago, the yoke versions are now alternate options.
ICYMI, Michigan State now has a white uniform sans shoulder yoke: pic.twitter.com/r5vCdvOhKQ— Uniform Nation (@sbnuniforms) June 3, 2014
The Gophers, with one of my favorite looks in the conference, revealed a new gold helmet when the Big Ten Network visited practice earlier this week.
More pics we took. pic.twitter.com/KCi5k0O14j— Gopher Equipment (@GopherFBEquip) August 16, 2014
Nebraska, like Michigan, fell victim to Adidas' monochrome outfits with this alternate uniform they'll debut against Illinois. While the all-red getup is quite the sight, so is head coach Bo Pelini in the extra stretchy fabric. Neither in a good way.
One of Nike's premier programs, Ohio State will be outfitted in Nike's latest Pro Combat Mach Speed template. Additionally, while it has not been confirmed by the program, the team will keep its Rivalry uniforms in rotation moving forward.
Seemingly just to keep with the times, the Cyclones have changed from gloss helmets to a matte finish.
Monochrome? Check. Chrome? Check. Enlarged helmet logo on one side? Check. Number on the other? Check. Kansas' new uniforms are essentially every uniform fad rolled into one.
The Sooners unveiled an additional uniform set this offseason that will complement the team's standard uniforms. Very similar to Ohio State's Rivalry uniforms, they'll be worn in select games throughout the season.
The Horned Frogs have also jumped on the chrome bandwagon, raising their total helmet options to 11. Might as well add another and wear a different helmet for every game on the schedule.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury described the throwback uniforms the Red Raiders will wear against Arkansas as "Zach Thomas era" jerseys. While noting that these specific uniforms will be black, Kingsbury also stated the team may wear red uniforms a few times this season.
Former Mountaineers running back and current assistant director of football operations, Quincy Wilson, added the possibility of the team wearing a black uniform this season with a post to Instagram. A nationally televised Thursday night matchup with Kansas State sets the scene perfectly for a blackout in Morgantown.
Turning back the clock as much as a 12-year-old program can, the Panthers are bringing back gold pants. The team is also using a lighter shade of blue than in year's past.
As part of its annual "RED OUT," Louisiana Tech will wear helmets featuring its bulldog logo when the team battles UTEP on October 4th. The Bulldogs will also break out their patriotic helmet against North Texas on September 11th.
The Bulldog logo we will wear on our helmets Oct 4 against UTEP! pic.twitter.com/JnwbEcGvD4— LATech Equipment (@LATechEquipment) July 29, 2014
The Thundering Herd revealed new kelly green uniforms, but it's unclear whether they'll be legal this season. The equipment managers have repeatedly said they're within the rules, but I guess we'll find out how true that is if they're deducted a timeout each half.
Well, finally we get to show these things off. Our new Kelly Green uniforms for the 2014 season. Hope you enjoy! pic.twitter.com/m8FInxSqya— Marshall Equipment (@HerdEquipment) August 10, 2014
Middle Tennessee State
The Blue Raiders' old uniforms were nothing special, but miles ahead of this uninspired set straight from the Nike catalog.
Navy's helmet, Arizona's jersey, and Miami's pants. Here's to hoping something unique stays in the rotation.
A look into the future! OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITIES 2014 WHITE GAME JERSEY pic.twitter.com/tlszuXFTMA— ODU FB Equipment (@ODUFBEquipment) April 12, 2014
The Golden Eagles made a simple change to their standard helmets, but have many, many more options to choose from this coming season.
Earlier this week, the Blazers revealed new uniforms and a helmet featuring an enlarged dragon with scales.
Another matte helmet with a chrome facemask and reflective decals, the best part is the decal of the Alamo on the back of the lid.
The Cougars have several color-out games scheduled this season, which includes wearing black uniforms against UNLV, white against Virginia, and royal against Utah State.
Several color-out games on tap this season for BYU. pic.twitter.com/6Kwdr1Bkn9— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) August 17, 2014
The Midshipmen switched from Nike to Under Armour this offseason, prompting many fans to wonder if the helmet worn with the team's Pro Combat set can still be worn. Since the helmet was made by HGI, not Nike, it will remain in Navy's repertoire moving forward. The best part of Navy's new duds are the six stripes, representing the six US naval fleets.
Notre Dame became Under Armour's flagship program when the Fighting Irish reached a record-setting deal in January. The team's standard uniforms look no different than they did with Adidas, while the Shamrock Series uniforms are relatively tame compared recent years. The helmet is the best part, which pulls inspiration from the design of the Golden Dome building on campus. Notre Dame Stadium will also have a new look this fall, as the tall natural grass has been replaced by field turf.
Head coach Terry Bowden tweeted a picture of the new uniforms and helmet options the Zips will have this season. It's saying something when an update to Adidas' stock template is an upgrade from the team's last set.
There are a few subtle changes for the Cardinals' look this season, including an update in template, stitched-on numbers, and a logo on the collar. The team will also have a black alternate uniform this season.
The Bulls unveiled a matte black helmet, which will debut in the nationally televised game against Baylor. They'll be paired with the teams current black uniforms.
Another team needing a uniform update, the Chippewas scrapped their set with pointless piping for another Adidas stock uniform.
Eastern Michigan has installed GRAY turf... pic.twitter.com/PcQT98q6Be— PickSix Previews (@PickSixPreviews) July 27, 2014
The Golden Flashes will wear No. 54 on one side of their helmets to honor fallen teammate Jason Bitsko, who passed away earlier this month from an undetermined medical issue.
The Huskies, like the Chippewas before them, updated their uniforms from a piping-heavy set. Taking inspiration from the Dark Dog uniform, which remains in the rotation, NIU revealed new home, away, and alternate uniforms, as well as new matte black helmets. The Huskies will also wear a special uniform in the season opener against Presbyterian to support the DeKalb Corn Fest.
Although their previous set was among my favorite in the conference, the Rockets were slowly returning to a more traditional look last season. The team wore multiple helmets with a throwback logo, which will remain an option with the new look. We've been informed that the road version, which has not been released, will match the home uniform below.
Check out the new 2014 Alternate Football Uniform! Which game do you hope to see them this season? pic.twitter.com/6wMjjscYoL— Air Force Football (@AFFootball) July 31, 2014
The Broncos will debut an orange helmet in the season-opener against Ole Miss. The new lid complements the blue, black, and white helmets in the team's rotation, with an enlarged logo on one side and numbers on the other.
The Bulldogs revealed new chrome helmets, which will be worn as part of Fresno State's "Night in Navy" game. Playing host to San Diego State on October 3rd, the Bulldogs will be dressed in a new navy uniform. The team also unveiled an updated home and road look. Although minimal, the slide show also shows an update to the helmet stripe.
(Video) Fresno State's uniform lineup for the 2014 season. http://t.co/iXKO0nAVao— Fresno State FB (@FresnoStateFB) August 17, 2014
San Diego State
A subtle change, the Aztecs added a red outline to their uniform numbers.
San Jose State
New head coach Craig Bohl has mentioned on many occasions that the Cowboys will stick with their standard white helmet for every game this season, which is quite the change from year's past.
The numbers on Arizona's numbers no longer feature a gradient pattern, as it violated NCAA visibility rules.
Arizona football's gradient football numbers violated NCAA rules, so they're switching to solid numbers: pic.twitter.com/ISroyEHOA6— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) February 5, 2014
The Sun Devils revealed new copper and anthracite alternate uniform on Monday, which pays tribute to the state's rich mining history. Unsure when they'll wear the uniform with reflective decals and a chrome facemask, I'd imagine we'll see them against Notre Dame.
At the forefront of Nike's innovation since 1999, the Ducks have received new uniforms roughly every three seasons. Prior to the Alamo Bowl, Nike revealed two versions of the Pro Combat Mach Speed uniform, one of which was worn in the Ducks' win. Similar uniforms will be unveiled on a game-by-game basis throughout the season.
For the second season in a row, the Bruins are honoring the City of Angels with an alternate uniform. After wearing all-black LA Midnight uniforms a season ago, UCLA revealed the all-gray LA Steel uniforms. Surprisingly, fans love the look. Meanwhile, traditionalists will love the return to Clarendon font on the standard uniforms.
Rumors have surfaced that the Trojans will wear chrome helmets this season, although, they're nothing more than rumors at this point.
Released on Amazon, denied by the team, confirmed by the school's official retailers, and denied again, the Utes officially unveiled uniforms with mountains on the sleeves. The team also changed the facemask from white to black. The team will also wear a tribal seal on their helmets for game against Arizona.
Washington's new uniforms have many references toward the school's mascot and athletic facilities, including a graphic representing sled dogs on the collar, an arctic textured helmet, and mesh inserts that represent the jaws of Husky Stadium.
The Crimson Tide, like the aforementioned Buckeyes and Ducks, will be wearing the Pro Combat Mach Speed template this season.
The Razorbacks revealed a forward-facing Hog logo, which remind many of The Lion King's Pumba, as well as new uniforms for the third time since joining Nike in 2010. Claiming that the mesh inserts were designed to represent tusks would be cool if it weren't for Washington having the same design for something entirely different.
In addition to their black-for-black's-sake uniforms, Kentucky will now have a gray set and two chrome helmets. Another school where the basketball program gets it right, but the football team has no clue what to do.
The Tigers will change their helmet decal for the first time since 1977. The subtle redesign of the Tiger Head logo first made an appearance on the school's basketball floor.
The Rebels will wear a No. 38 decal on their helmets on September 27th to honor Chucky Mullins, a former player who was paralyzed after a viscous hit broke four vertebrae in his neck.
The Bulldogs will celebrate the 100th year of football at Scott Field with commemorative uniforms in the season opener against Southern Miss. The uniforms, which resemble that of the teams from the 1990s, feature Hail State across the chest. In addition, the team will once again wear alternate uniforms in the Egg Bowl against rival Ole Miss.
Retail giant Kohl's may have leaked a change to the Tigers' anthracite uniform, which would have been against an NCAA rule that states numbers must contrast the color of the jersey. The image has since been removed from Kohl's website.
The Commodores unveiled a new matte black helmet for their season-opening blackout against Temple.
Heads up! pic.twitter.com/iAgPrhHkL7— VandyFootball (@VandyFootball) August 25, 2014
The Mountaineers unveiled new uniforms prior to the 2013 season, but will now sport a gray alternate in their first season at the FBS level.
Minimal changes that the casual college football fan would not notice. The Red Wolves updated to the latest Adidas template, removed the scratches on the sleeves, and inverted the colors in the numbers.
The Ragin' Cajuns will have new uniforms this season, but they have not been unveiled yet. Head coach Mark Hudspeth tweeted the following video showing possible options, but he notes they're only mock ups.
Checkout "Behind the Rage" Episode #1! Note these UNI's are only mock ups! LOUISIANA will be big part of the uni's!! https://t.co/Z1NZxqodfv— Mark Hudspeth (@ULCoachHud) May 12, 2014
The Warhawks have exchanged their regular decals for reflective stickers and added a chrome facemask option.