SEC Uniform Rule.
Just like the teams that wear them, the jersey and helmet combos dominate college football as the most iconic looks, especially when you’re wearing two teams at once.
In relation to other classic varsities borne by Ohio State, USC, Texas, and Notre Dame, the Southeastern Conference rules the roost, and they’re looking good doing it. Maybe the uniforms mean more.
Here’s how we rank the uniforms of all 14 teams, focusing on their regular jersey and helmet combinations unless otherwise noted.
Too busy! White, garnet and black all look great on their own or when you pair just two together. But the trio, or at least the way USC uses them, creates an off-putting combination that has yet to find rhythm on the football field. Maybe it’s the feathered logo with the gamecock that looks great on its own too. Listen, not you, but us.
13. State of Mississippi
Some people love maroon. You know, like the Mississippi state fans. There’s nothing wrong with the Bulldogs’ uniform, except maybe the smaller writing above the numbers on the breastplate. We prefer the large block lettering “MISS. STATE” of the ’90s Jackie Sherrill era, including the stacked MSU logo on the sides of the helmet.
If the Wildcats jersey stayed all royal blue, it might seem understated for a program meant to stand out, but we’re on the fence about the checkered shoulder pads. Kentucky greats like Josh Allen and Benny Snell made it look good with their heroics on the field, but we can’t get any higher than this.
Despite two conference title appearances since joining the SEC in 2012, Missouri’s football identity still needs work, starting with the old gold and black. They had as many uniform variations as any other force in the South, swapping helmet designs for chrome, matte black and more, going all white and tinkering with the logo designs. The oval tiger on the side of the helmet is a snazzy design, but we’re actually into the more traditional “Block M” look that’s been spotted in various places over the last season.
The Aggies’ more maroon logo on the sides of their helmets gives them the edge over the Bulldogs. The Texas state logo on the hip could be a size smaller, but A&M look like they belong in the SEC, especially when they rock Kyle Field. The traditional maroon helmets and jerseys bring the tradition, but we wouldn’t mind going back to the white helmets of the Johnny Football days when the Aggies made their biggest appearance.
Vandy got a glow-up in 2021. Either the white jersey with black trim and numbers and gold lettering or the black with gold trim and lettering and white numbers, the shirts look great paired with white and gold shorts. They scrapped the chain design and star “V” on the helmets in favor of gold headgear with black and white stripes and a slick, large black “V” down the side. Smart look!
Hard-nosed simplicity is perfect for Sam Pittman’s crappy club. The Razorbacks pull off block lettering above front chest numbers better than most in the country, except maybe Oklahoma, and their logo is one of the most underrated in the SEC and looks great on the side of a Cardinal’s helmet.
7. Ole Fraulein
Points deducted for not sticking with the powder blue look all season. Tradition is tradition, but the fan base loves it, as evidenced by the powder blue sea in the stands or on the tailgate, wherever there’s a game (or party). The royal blue helmets atop the bright red uniforms and white pants definitely pop, but if they went all the way into the powder, they’d be climbing the charts.
A man said, “It’s this puke in a pumpkin orange.” To each their own. Most people don’t think of orange as the most flattering color in any clothing combination, but you have to work with what you have. And the bright, almost neon orange of the Tennessee Volunteers remains synonymous with SEC football, even though it’s been several decades since they’ve competed nationally. They ruled once, and Josh Heupel is trying to bring them back to the top. The Vols even look good in all-black alternatives, toning down the orange, albeit not the black jerseys on orange shorts like they did for that one Halloween game in 2009.
The “Gators” logo above the orange helmet atop the royal blue varsity and white pants is one of the all-time classic combos that requires little to no variation. And yet. While Florida doesn’t have to wear anything truly ugly just yet, why would you ever stray from perfection? I really think when Tim Tebow led the team out of the tunnel in those all-white colors for the 2009 SEC title game, Bama wanted to thrash them some more. Sometimes a change is good. Sometimes it’s… not.
The defending champions look great in red or white, either a perfect combination with the silver shorts topped with the distinctive ‘G’ logo on the helmets. Confession: The black jerseys that were infamously trampled on when Alabama visited Athens in 2008 actually look great. In fact, that Bama blowout marks her only loss that carries her, which is probably why they revived her.
The appearance of tigers has changed little, and why should they? Nobody plays with more confidence, especially at Iron Bowls, than Auburn in Burnt Orange and Navy Blue. The color of the face mask can vary between orange, navy blue and white, without much consensus on what to keep permanently. And quite frankly, along with their archrival and the Texas Longhorns, Auburn’s white road drivers rank among the best in the country.
All that purple and gold on the green rust looks like a Mardi Gras party at Tiger Stadium. A steadfast college football powerhouse, LSU stole the limelight during a flawless championship run that seemed like their white jerseys were relatively unscathed as they parted ways with the rest of the league. Small point deduction for insisting on wearing the same jersey at home or away except for special occasions when they break out those ghastly purple jerseys. They know what works for them. And besides, no two uniforms on a football field look better together than LSU’s and our next pick…
Call us biased. Some see the sobriety of the crimson and white uniforms as plain and boring. We see heritage and championship pedigree, a look that not only screams college football, but just plain is. And the Crimson Tide Gameday looks have seen a few changes over the years, but not many. Crimson jerseys, white numbers, white pants with two crimson stripes down the leg, and the crimson helmets with white numbers on the sides and white stripes down the middle. “[Nick] Saban instilled in us that it’s not about the uniforms, it’s about your game,” former Tide long snapper Carson Tinker told AL.com. “He didn’t let anything distract us, which I think is another reason the uniforms haven’t changed.” Here’s hoping they never do.