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The state of North Carolina just won the Week 1 college football uniform wars in a landslide

September 01, 2021

On Tuesday, we showed you the only good thing about Kansas football: These baby-blue, retro-modern throwbacks, which the Jayhawks will don for their October 16th showdown with Texas Tech. At the time we called them “the best uniforms in college football.” In the 24 hours since, we’ve been proven wrong … thrice.

First came North Carolina State’s “Light it Red” alternates, an intimidating tribute to Wolfpack’s tradition of lighting up the Memorial Belltower red after a big win. Emblazoned with the iconic slobbering Tuffy logo, a subtle pinstripe pattern in tribute to their lupine mascot’s vintage sweater, and a bright-red brick motif on the numbers and helmet to match the tower itself, the adidas ensemble is unsubtle, unapologetic, and unforgettable.

Then, just down the road, the North Carolina Tar Heels unveiled the crisp, clean rebuttal to the Wolfpack’s angsty, edgy blacks, pairing a glimmering white lid and top with a navy bottom for their Friday evening opener against Virginia Tech. UNC’s partnership with Jordan has elevated the program to one of college football’s best dressed, and this look might be their finest yet, punctuated by pops of robin egg blue and the Tar Heels’ signature argyle.

Those gloves alone were enough to seal the Week 1 uni win for the state of North Carolina, but just when you thought the dust had settled, Appalachian State, on the 14th anniversary of their legendary upset of Michigan, came correct with these all-blacks, leaving nothing in doubt.

Sheesh guys, save something for Week 2.