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Well, that answers that question... SMU does indeed still have blue jerseys. Regular readers know I am a fan of the SMU blue jersey. Pretty sharp uniform set for the ponies in week 4 with their all blue #DallasStrong tribute. I wouldn't like it full time because SMU is just the quintessential red, white, AND blue team for me. But a solid set that I really enjoyed watching on the field. And the helmet was amazing!
SWC in the SEC
[Helmet matchup from 1964]
Oh hell no, get that crap off the logo! The 2016 Southwest Classic is this year's only SWC matchup for the Aggies and the last one for the Razorbacks. Since the rekindling of the rivalry in 2009, Aggies are up 4-3. Too bad Aggies won't be wearing those 1956 throwbacks for this game - would look really good across the line of scrimmage from Arkansas's old school black shoes.
Friday Night Skillet
[Helmet matchup from 1974-75]
The Battle of the Iron Skillet is in Dallas this year - the 96th one. Four SMU wins peppered over the time since the SWC ended - each one a different SMU coach. Will this be Chad Morris's year? Frog legs anyone? Ouch, not much of a pep talk...
So Disappointed... but I got a lot to say about this!
I had been so looking forward to this Aggie throwback. And here we have it - the 1956 champioship team - the first success that came out of the Junction Boys camp.
Let me tell you a little story, Ags. In 1954 Bear Bryant came to College Station and cleaned house with a 10 day training camp in the worst drought in recorded history. It was brutal - and that year they went 1-9 (worst season of Bear Bryant's 38 year coaching career). It wasn't until 1956 that they saw the fruits of their labor and for the first time since 1922 they beat Texas and took the SWC championship for the first time in 12 years. So, after all is said and done and they don't "want" to play Texas - it is still all about the Longhorns. Back to the uni - the first thing I noticed was the painted perforations on the helmet and that loked really odd because you have this monster facemask of today. Their attempt to subtle that out was to paint two (or one) of the middle bars gray - to mimic an old gray two-bar facemask. Hmmm, works so well that they did not bother to show a side view in the promo photos... We will have to wait and see how that really looks on the field. A far cry from the previous leather helmet throwback! I do commend them on painting the nose bumper to look like it is not there and using vintage helmet maker marks - but really, what else could they do? Oh yea, a vintage looking chin strap... As far as the jersey "ultimately matching the 1956 A&M design", umm, no. Stripes were not up on the shoulder back then. Should have been put on the base layer midway down on the arm. Even though a large chunk of the players would not wear them, the integrity of the uni would shine on the few that did. I see no solid evidence of the 1956 maroon pants stripe in their selective promo photos either (although it appears there might be some maroon down by the left knee). Finally, the patch that claims an undefeated season... well, patially true. They were 9-0-1 with a tie against Houston. I hope they fix that. Or they could change it to say 9-0 in the SWC (since UofH wasn't part of the SWC yet). Update: That was fast!
With all due respect, the 1956 uni had zero character. Adidias tried too hard, but all they came up with was a chinstrap really. Major sad face! And why not wear it this weekend against an SWC team?
SMU Helmet Logo for SWC Matchup
SMU's helmet logo for the Week 4 SWC matchup between SMU and TCU will have the Dallas skyline embedded inside the pony in support of first responders and fallen Dallas and SMU Police.
White/White/maroon Never Worn?
Aggies break out a uni combo never worn. Is that right? No maroon pants back in the 70s? At first I thought they wore them in the late 70s before they went back to the maroon helmets - but I have no photographic evidence of it. Hard to believe...
Baylor at "Hostile" Rice
[Helmet matchup from 1994-95]
Waco Tribune says Baylor preparing for hostile environment... before you scream #TribFail or #BaylorFail, anything can happen in the SWC! Any given Saturday! Baylor has a 7 game win streak over the sporradic series that falls back to before SWC football ended in 1995. Last year's victory was by a pretty harsh margin. Will Baylor's slow starts help the Owls pull one out?
SWC Catching On!
I have to admit I am happy to see so many new virtual SWC Rankings tweets, blog posts, and articles! I realize it isn't just because I have been doing this for TWELVE years now - I am a niche, for sure. All the talk of bringing in UofH and SMU into the Big XII has certainly been the reason for the spawn. It is awesome though. Here are a few to follow if you so choose: Ryan Hyatt's Raiderland Week 1 and Week 2, a Baylor guy, and this guy but he includes a bunch of teams that were never in the SWC.
SEC can't spell...
I really, really, really wanted Arkansas to lose this game - but I guess they kind of did! Arkansas with a poorly executed chest wordmark. #SECfail
Unis for 'merica
A flood of stars & stripes decals and camo for what I guess has become the established honor the military/America week of college football. Why? Because of the 9/11 anniversary? 9/11 has nothing to do with military - I guess they can check it off the list and wrap them all up in one convenient little patriotic bow. Rice utilized their basic stars & stripes decal on their navy helmet. Aggies went stars & stripes decal as well on their white helmet - here is why. UofH brought out a whole new concoction with a light blue helmet stripe with white stars along with a chrome stars & stripes decal on their white helmet. And Baylor had a whole military appreciation weekend complete with tanks on campus (always unnerving) while they did the
drab gray. By the way: Air Force knows how to really honor the military if you insist on doing it with football uniforms! Absolute beauties!
Two SWC matchups today in week 2!
[Helmet matchup from 1979-86]
SMU visits Baylor looking to improve on their impressive performance last year. They have not beat Baylor since 1986 - Winsipedia.
[Helmet matchup from 1993-94]
And Arkansas finally meets TCU for the first time since they left the SWC. Seriously, it has been 25 years since the two have met on the gridiron. A looong streak of Arkansas wins broken up only in 1981 with a close one and in 1990 after Hatfield left Arkansas. Arkansas rallied from an early three touchdown deficit to win the last official SWC game against TCU in 1991. Winsipedia link here. Interview with E.D. Jackson who scored that game winning touchdown regarding the meaning of his last SWC games - "It's just sad knowing the SWC is gone." I hear ya, I hear ya...
One Day to SWC Matchups!
Baylor came in first again last year at 4-1.
Two Days and Counting!
TCU swapped with the Aggies and finished 2nd with 3 wins and 1 loss.
Three Days and Counting!
Texas A&M dropped a spot from the year before by finishing 3rd winning their only SWC matchup.
Four Days and Counting!
UofH finished 4th last year winning its only SWC matchup.
SWC 8-1 first weekend of 2016
All but one of the old Southwest Conference teams won on this first weekend of football for 2016. And all the games were not patsy opponents! Rice is the only school that came away without a win.
Five Days and Counting!
Texas Tech had a massive improvement and finished 5th last year.
Six Days and Counting!
Texas finsihed in 6th just like last year.
Introducing Bevo XV!
Great coloring! But he is a baby - I would be remiss if I did not mention how short this little longhorn's horns are. He is definitely going to grow into a beauty, though! Five facts you need to know about Baby Bevo.
Seven Days and Counting!
Arkansas took a dive this year finishing 7th - must have been the white shoes!
Eight Days and Counting!
Rice hung in 8th place last year.
Nine Days and Counting!
We get two SWC matchups in week 2 of the 2016 season! SMU finished in 9th place last year for the third year in a row.
I love these Band Uniform envisioned as a football uni efforts. Although, I really wish they would have mocked up the rear too! Honestly, kind of surprised no school has attempted something like this as a one-off... there have been equally ridiculous themes.
Here is the Big 12.
Well, they got the top 3 right.
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An older Big 12 uni ranking from July.