Twitter was all abuzz Monday about which uniforms were the Big Ten’s best and worst. Really, everything boils down to person preference and some of the many traditions that your favorite teams engages in.
The Big Ten has long held the line when it comes to tradition, especially in team uniforms. Change has come very slowly. In the last decade however, some teams have branched out to make subtle changes. Penn State, a bastion of uniform stability, added names to the backs of its uniforms in 2012 and 2013. The Nittany Lions even added Michael Mauti’s #42 to each of their helmets for their 2012 Senior Day showdown with Wisconsin.
Michigan’s iconic maize and blue colors and flying winged helmet are well-known across the fabric of college football as is the scarlet and gray and buckeye nut of the Ohio State Buckeyes. What about Sparty on the helmet of the green and white Michigan State Spartans? Heck, even Northwestern and its purple color with gray accents can even grab the attention.
Even new conference member Maryland has dazzled or distracted the eye (depends on your perspective) with its wild color schemes and state flag of Maryland on the uniforms.
All of this got me thinking, if I were to rank the conference’s best uniforms, where would I rank each team? So, that’s what I did. I tried to keep in perspective not only the tradition of each school as it pertained to their uniforms and helmets, but also how has each been able to adapt to the times. In the following pages I have listed my top five Big Ten uniforms.