Ranking SEC football uniforms: the 14 helmet and jersey combinations

SEC uniform rule.

Like the teams that wear them, jersey and helmet combinations dominate college football as the most iconic looks, especially when you pair two teams that wear them at the same time.

As for the other classic uniteds worn by Ohio State, USC, Texas and Notre Dame, the Southeastern Conference dominates the roost, and they look good doing it. Maybe uniforms mean more too.

Here’s how we rank the uniforms of the 14 teams, focusing on their regular jersey and helmet combinations unless otherwise noted.

Celebrating RJ Roderick in South Carolina

South Carolina defensive end Aaron Sterling (15), RJ Roderick (10) and Kingsley Enagbare (1) celebrate a punt recovery during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, November 20 2021 in Columbia, SC (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)PA

14. South Carolina

Too busy! White, garnet and black all look great on their own or if you just pair them together. But the trio, or at least the way USC uses them, creates an off-putting combination that has yet to find a rhythm on the football field. Maybe it’s the feather logo with the Gamecock, which again, looks great on its own. Look, it’s not you, it’s us.

Will RogersDallas Turner

Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers (2) drives past Alabama linebacker Dallas Turner (15) for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Mississippi, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)PA

13. Mississippi State

Some people like brown. You know, like Mississippi State fans. There’s nothing wrong with the Bulldogs uniform, other than maybe the smaller font above the numbers on the chest plate. We prefer the large print reading “MISS. STATE” from the 90s Jackie Sherrill era, including the stacked MSU logo on the sides of the helmet.

Josh Pascal

Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal (4) tackles Florida running back Dameon Pierce (27) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday 2 October 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)PA

12.Kentucky

While the Wildcats jersey has remained entirely royal blue, that may seem too simple for a program looking to stand out, but we’re sticking to the checkered shoulder pad fence. Kentucky greats like Josh Allen and Benny Snell have looked good with their on-field exploits, but we can’t go any higher here.

Tyler Badie

Missouri running back Tyler Badie runs for a touchdown during an SEC game against Texas A&M on October 16, 2021 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri.AP Photo/LG Patterson

11.Missouri

Despite two appearances in conference title games since joining the SEC in 2012, Missouri’s football identity still needs work, starting with the old gold and black. They’ve had as many uniform variations as any team in the South, swapping helmet designs using chrome, matte black and more, going all white, tinkering with logo designs. The oval tiger on the side of the helmet is a stylish design, but we’re actually digging the more traditional ‘Block M’ look featured at various times last season.

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Ainias Smith

Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith (0) runs to the sideline for a first down against Mississippi State in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)PA

10.Texas A&M

More brown, the Aggies logo on the sides of the helmets gives them the edge over the Bulldogs. The Texas State logo on the hip might go down a size, but A&M looks like they belong in the SEC, especially when they’re rocking Kyle Field. Traditional brown helmets and jerseys bring tradition, but we wouldn’t mind going back to the white helmets of the Johnny Football era when the Aggies made their biggest hit.

Raashaan Wilkins

Vanderbilt defensive lineman Raashaan Wilkins Jr. (94) lines up for a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. ( AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)PA

9. Vanderbilt

Vandy had a shine in 2021. Either the white jersey with black trim and numbers and gold letters, or the black jersey with gold trim and letters and white numbers, the jerseys look great with white and gold pants. They ditched the chain design and “V” star on the helmets in favor of gold headgear with black and white stripes and a large smooth black “V” on the side. Smart look!

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Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) plays against Missouri in an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)PA

8. Arkansas

Unforgiving simplicity is perfect for Sam Pittman’s rambling club. The Razorbacks pull off the capital letters above the front chest numbers better than most in the country, perhaps besides Oklahoma, and their logo is one of the most underrated in the SEC, it looks great on the side of a cardinal helmet.

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Matt Coral

Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral (2) warms up during pregame drills before an NCAA college football game against LSU in Oxford, Mississippi on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Mississippi won 31 -17. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)PA

7. Ole Miss

Points deducted for not sticking to the powder blue look all season long. Tradition is tradition, but it’s the one fans love, as evidenced by the sea of ​​powder blue in the stands or on the tailgate site, wherever a game (or party) is taking place. The royal blue helmets over the bright red uniforms and white pants definitely stand out, but if they went all powder they would climb the charts.

Cedric Tillman, JaVonta Payton

Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman (4) is congratulated by wide receiver JaVonta Payton (3) after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Alabama on Saturday Nov. 20, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee (AP Photo/Wade Payne)PA

6. Tennessee

A man said, “It’s that vomit, inside an orange pumpkin.” To each his own. Most people don’t consider orange the most flattering color in any combination of clothing, but you have to work with what you have. And the bright, almost neon orange of the Tennessee Volunteers remains synonymous with SEC football, even though a few decades have passed since they competed nationally. They ruled once, and Josh Heupel is looking to bring them back to the fore. The Vols even look great in the all-black alternatives, when they tone down the orange, but not the black jerseys over orange pants like they did for that Halloween game in 2009.

Anthony Richardson, Travon Walker

Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson (15) throws a pass under pressure from Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker (44) during the first half on October 30, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP

5. Florida

The “Gators” logo on the orange helmet above the plain royal blue and white pants is one of the all-time classic combos that requires little to no variation. And even. When Florida hasn’t worn anything really ugly yet, why would you want to stray from perfection? I truly believe that when Tim Tebow led the team out of the tunnel in those blanks for the 2009 SEC title game, it just made Bama want to hit them some more. Sometimes change is good. Sometimes that’s not the case.

Stetson Bennet

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) turns up for a pass against Kentucky in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)PA

4. Georgia

Defending National Champions look great in red or white, a perfect combo with the silver pants topped with the unmistakable “G” logo on the helmets. Confession: The black jerseys, infamous when Alabama visited Athens in 2008, look really good. In fact, this Bama blowout marks their only loss wearing them, which is likely why they’ve since revived them.

auburn

Auburn tight end Landen King (40) celebrates with Auburn wide receiver Kobe Hudson (5) after Hudson’s touchdown against Alabama in the first half of an NCAA college football game , on Saturday, November 27, 2021, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)PA

3. Auburn

The Tigers’ look has seen little change, and why would they? Nobody plays with more confidence, especially during the Iron Bowls, than Auburn in burnt orange and navy blue. The color of the face mask can vary between orange, navy blue and white, without much consensus on which one to keep permanently. And honestly, along with their rival and the Texas Longhorns, Auburn’s road whites rank among the best in the country.

LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte

LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte runs with the football after making a reception during an SEC game against Alabama on Dec. 5, 2020 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.AP Photo/Matthew Hinton

2. USL

All that purple and gold on the green grill looks like a Mardi Gras party inside Tiger Stadium. A perennial powerhouse in college football, LSU stole the show in a pristine championship run in which it appeared their white jerseys were relatively unscathed as they parted ways with the rest of the league. Minor point deduction for insisting on wearing the same jersey home or away, except on special occasions when they pull out those awful purple jerseys. They know what works for them. Plus, there aren’t two uniforms that look better together on a football field than LSU’s and our next pick…

Alabama Football: Miss South 2021

Wide receiver John Metchie III (8) celebrates a Jameson Williams touchdown. The Alabama Crimson Tide hosts the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (Ben Flanagan/AL.com)

1.Alabama

Call us biased. Some see the simplicity of crimson and white uniforms as simple and boring. We see championship lore and pedigree, a look that doesn’t just scream college football, it’s just is. And the Crimson Tide gameday looks have had a few changes over the years, but not a lot. Crimson singlets, white numbers, white pants with two crimson stripes down the leg, and crimson helmets with white numbers on the sides and a white stripe down the middle. “[Nick] Saban had ingrained in us that it wasn’t about the uniforms, it was about your game,” former Tide player Carson Tinker told AL.com. “He wouldn’t let us get distracted by anything, which I think is another reason the uniforms haven’t changed.” Let’s hope they never do.

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