College Football’s Biggest Debate: The Alternate Jersey Epidemic

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Someone call the fashion police because college football has been overtaken by alternate jerseys that cause the continued vision loss of a national audience on a weekly basis.

At first, all of these new, unique jersey designs were cool. Especially when the Oregon Ducks began sporting a new combination each weekend courtesy of Nike, it became something that fans wanted to see from every team.

Unfortunately, it didn't take long for it all to go overboard. Every year, as these new designs are unveiled via national television, fans everywhere are victimized by the neon colors, chrome trim, and awkward patterns.

Just take a look at some of this season's Oregon uniforms to see what I mean. In only a few years, they went from sleek jerseys with metal grate markings to bright collages of colors. The entire concept of bringing exciting new designs to the field has turned into tie-dye disasters that bring disgrace to the game of football.

Although the Oregon uniforms get uglier each season, what's worse is when teams with classic looks try to make a change. Take Notre Dame, for example.

One of the nation's most historic football programs, the Fighting Irish have donned some of the most hideous jerseys since the 2012 season kicked off. From metallic gold helmets that screamed overkill to a complete overhaul of their colors and helmet design, the fact that classic looks such as Notre Dame's have been redone reaffirms that a problem exists.

Another example of the train-wreck is the new-look Maryland get-up. If you haven't seen the Terrapins' uniforms, you might want to proceed with caution. Covered in the state's flag, these chaotic jerseys look like something a five-year old would have drawn during creative hour at preschool. They're that bad.

There are several new looks that I've appreciated since the epidemic swept over the college football world, including Arizona State's pitch-black uniforms that incorporate the new pitchfork logo. The good ones, however, are few and far between.

Put simply, this is a trend that is only going to tarnish the historic game that is college football. As jerseys continue to incorporate blindingly-bright colors, intricately-designed sleeves, and gloves that go together to form a school's logo, we begin to move away from the tradition and toward a tomorrow full of lost memories.

I'd like to say it was fun while it lasted, but chances are it'll only get worse from here.

Gil Alcaraz IV has been a big college football fan since discovering the sport when he was 10-years old. For more from Gil, follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.

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