There’s no college football team in America with more style than the Oregon Ducks. In fact, they might have more swagger than any team period. While it’s been their high-profile and high-flying offenses that have turned the school into a national powerhouse over the past few seasons, it’s actually their uniforms that keep the casual fans coming back. Over and over again they’ve set trends and broken unofficial rules about how a college football team should look and it’s earned them street cred from just about every potential five-star high school recruit out there.
Google “why does Oregon” and the first two searches are “why does Oregon have so many uniforms” and “why does Oregon have the best uniforms.” It’s morphed into an ideology up at Eugene.
Many schools hold contracts with Nike, but the Ducks hold a distinct advantage over everyone else. That’s because Nike’s co-founders, Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, BOTH went to Oregon. Every year they make sure the Ducks are laced in the best, with exclusives no one else can touch.
While the rest of college football is stuck in tradition, the Ducks are pushing the envelope. Just take tonight’s College Football Playoff Championship between Oregon and Ohio State, for example. The Ducks are actually taking the field in a uniform that doesn’t sport any of their school colors. Yes, the logos and mottos are there but the colors are all whites, tonal grays, and silver accents. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, took the safe approach with a scarlet jersey reminiscent of what they wore during the 1968 championship game. Which jerseys do you think the young cats would rather wear?
Over the years, some of these have been hits. Some haven’t been. But in anticipation of the final college football game of the season, here are Oregon Football’s 10 Best Uniforms of All Time.
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