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Over-Analyzing Syracuse Orange Football Part One: Uni Watch

Now that the Syracuse Orange Spring Game has been dissected an analyzed, it is time for the over analysis. This science was perfected this past fall with ESPN's coverage of Tim Tebow and the goal is simple: talk so much about a subject that everyone gets sick of it and then proceed to keep talking until you force the public to like what you're pushing.

Being a student a Syracuse, I have been taught that the best way to learn is to apply learned theories into practice (or maybe that was just for Spanish...) and thus it is time for the over-analysis of the Syracuse 2012-13 Football team. Part one even has a group participation activity!

The first step to over-analyzing any college football team is their jersey. Thanks to Nike and Oregon, college football (and slowly basketball) have become testing grounds for new alternate jerseys. Gone are the days of classic throwbacks and enter are...these.

As we all know, Syracuse is reppin' Nike #SWAG and well... the results speak for themselves. While I am assuming Nike will have learned their lesson and banned "platinum" from the 'Cuse color palette, it's only a matter of time (or more likely wins) until the Pro Combat jersey comes to the Orange.

Now overall, I like what Nike does with the Pro Combat jersey. Yes I am exactly the audience they are reaching for, they have turned some pretty "blah" uniforms into legitimate football looking armor. Sean held a contest for a redesign of the football unis last season (if you clicked the link, sorry I had to do it, actually entry here) and made a good point that in the ACC has a bunch of teams that can pull off the Orange look but somehow we can't.

So what are we to make of all of this? It's time for a new football look. And if Doug Marrone won't come up with a great idea for an alternate than it is up to us to do it...and I have some ideas.

There is a reason the picture linked above is with this completely meaningless post: If the Orange are going to go blue, then they need to ditch the Navy for an alternate shade. Navy is bland and boring and lacks swagger. The football team should take their fashion advice from the Lax bros unis: that lighter royal blue shade is the way to go. Imagine a light blue top with either the normal orange pants or the white ones taken to Rochester with a redone Orange helmet and royal blue block S.

But as Sean said, where is the Orange love? How can we not seem to make Orange work? I think the new Orange shade on the pants that seems brighter could work with royal blue pants and Orange helmet. And for a real wild card: how do we feel about pulling a Navy and switching to white helmets?

But this is where that group participation part comes in: I am woefully pitiful with any kind of photoshopping. Is my vision for a new Nike swagged team ugly when brought to life? I'm hoping that all those out there with skills can make this happen. Let's start the over-analysis off right with a good old fashioned photoshop jersey remake shall we?

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