Power Rankings: Best Maryland Football Uniforms
Power Rankings: Maryland Football Uniforms
While not yet at the level of a team like Oregon, Maryland football has really started to crank out a lot of new uniform combinations over the past few years. Going back to the 2013 season, the Terps have worn a bunch of different jersey variations. Some of these combinations were tame, others were unprecedented. Click through the gallery to see how all 10 looks stack up against one another...(By Peter Hailey)
10) Dual-faced Maryland flag
This set, which hasn't been used since a 2013 midseason matchup with Syracuse, just doesn't stack up with most of Maryland's other stellar uniforms. If you were to power rank state flags, Maryland's would definitely be in the top 5, but a general rule regarding its usage on their uniforms is that less is more. Here, the dual faced helmet (the other side is the red portion of the flag) is a bit busy, as are the shoulder pads, so it sort of falls a bit flat.
9) Home (Maryland Pride helmet)
In the world of uniforms, the color red plays a similar role that salt does in the world of cooking -- there's a fine line between the perfect amount and too much, and if that line is crossed, the results aren't what you'd hope for. For this jersey variation, worn during last season's October contest against Ohio State, there might be a touch too much salt, and it led to a uniform that didn't exactly flow. There are ways to make red work, as some looks ahead on the countdown prove, but this outfit doesn't measure up with the ones ahead of it.
8) Star-Spangled Banner
Typically, when jerseys are power ranked, any set that pays homage to America is guaranteed to finish in the top half of the list, because 'Merica. Maryland designed these uni's to honor the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and the team wore them on September 13th, 2014 against West Virginia. The supporters of this look will point to its distinctiveness and creativity (which it truly doesn't lack) but for its detractors, it's just hard to get used to the Terrapins straying so far away from their traditional colors.
7) Away (Maryland Pride helmet)
There's nothing wrong with these white on white uni's Maryland rocked at Penn State last year, but there's nothing really exciting about them, either. The Maryland Pride helmets come across nicely as it normally does, but the lack of red and yellow throughout leads to the jersey and pants being a bit washed out by all of the white. In addition, the black slash the team includes on most of their pants is very prominent in this particular set. Usually, it doesn't stick out as much, but in this white-heavy variation, it's out there. Again, this isn't a bad look by any stretch of the imagination, and some may prefer it. Overall, though, it feels a little bland.
6) Away (black helmet)
When paired with the team's black pants, the white jersey looks much cleaner and feels less boring, which is why this combination lands a spot ahead of the previous one. Now, whether one prefers the Maryland Pride helmets or the standard black helmets is simply a matter of preference, but here, the way the flag's colors on the headgear coincide with the color's of the shoulder pad produces a neat effect. This uniform won't win any "best-looking" awards, but it's a solid design.
5) Home (white helmet)
This home set, pictured here from last year's season opener against James Madison, balances Maryland's primary colors beautifully. The red jersey pops, but the choice to combine it with the white pants ensures it doesn't get to the point where it's too much. Meanwhile, the splashes of yellow give the look a little extra flare, while the black trim, a feature that often times detracts from the overall look of the team, is fine here. Like a bowl of Chipotle, this uniform takes a lot of different ingredients and creates a finished product that's really well done.
4) Home (black helmet)
In the Uniform Power Rankings Handbook that all uniform power rankers are given each year, there's a rule (right after the one which states that jerseys that celebrate America should, for the most part, get a favorable rating) that says, "If all that separates two otherwise similar jerseys is the usage of black or white, be sure to rank the jersey that uses black ahead of the one that uses white, because white is boring." So, in accordance with that regulation, the home jersey with the black helmet is ranked just ahead of the home jersey with the white helmet, because the black adds just a bit of extra swag to Maryland's overall look.
3) White Ops
Pick a word to describe these White Ops uni's that Maryland last trotted out against Michigan in November of 2014: "Fresh," "ballin'," "sweet," or any other term that's used to appreciate something that looks really awesome will certainly be appropriate. Sure, when Maryland wears white tops and white pants, like they did against the Nittany Lions, it's a bit plain. But when they go completely white from helmet to cleat like they did against the Wolverines, with only splashes of red trim here and there, "plain" becomes "unique, sleek, and eye catching." This is a tremendous set.
2) Away (white helmet)
While some may find these road uni's to be a bit run of the mill, others will find them to be flawless. The white helmet and shoulder pads incorporate Maryland's famous flag perfectly, and the red pants give the look an extra kick. Heck, even the black stripe on the pants looks good. This design doesn't have a single negative aspect to it, and is as underrated as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's acting ability. A very complete uniform.
1) Black Ops
These Black Ops uniforms, which the Terps wore most recently against Michigan State in November 2014, are the best of the bunch, and while many of the previous spots were highly contested, the top spot never was. Equal parts intimidating, glossy, and smooth, it's a look that the team would be wise to utilize more going forward. In fact, why not just scrap the bottom half of the list, and substitute in these bad boys in for those more unsuccessful looks instead? Any measure that means seeing more of these jerseys is one fans would surely get behind.