Special uniforms and decals have become a huge part of college football and this week two major Florida schools, UCF and UF, unveiled some ambitious designs.
The Knights showed off some special “space game” decals with a moon crater pattern being incorporated into the UCF logo and a stripe featuring stars and constellations running along a black helmet. It’s almost certainly the best set of special decals the Knights have ever worn.
Meanwhile the Gators … decided to dress like actual gators. No, seriously. Gray, scaled, ugly alligators.
A lot of people (wrongly) think that uniforms don’t matter and that teams should just “stick to football.” But it’s hard to deny that these uniforms provide some interesting parallels to their teams’ on-field products.
UCF is unquestionably a program on the rise. Second-year head coach Scott Frost has led the Knights to a 4-0 record, their best start to a season in decades, and the team is looking more and more like favorites to appear in a New Year’s Six bowl.
Space-oriented decals featuring a moon and stars couldn’t be more perfect for a team that is literally shooting for the moon this season.
UF, on the other hand, has watched its program decline from a once-elite status in recent years. As of this week, the Gators have fallen out of the top 25 in both polls and don’t seem to have much of a path to getting better.
So, why not scrap their historical orange-and-blue color scheme in favor of a jersey that’s as ugly as their offense?
You can argue that uniforms don’t matter, but I can’t think of more perfect threads for either team to wear this weekend.