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Oregon and Boise State Release Pro Combat Unis

Both Oregon and Boise State released photos of their Nike Pro Combat uniforms on Thursday. Each team will wear these threads in their opening games on Saturday, September 3rd.

To the surprise of just about no one, they are both infinitely better than the uniforms Georgia and Maryland have showcased in this past week, but that doesn’t exactly say much.

Here they are. Kudos to CBS Sports for the images and to Nike for stepping up the trash talk with Under Armour via Twitter.

Oregon

They just don’t make a bad uniform. Even though they have 38,000 different combos, and I could do without their neon yellow socks that they wore in the BCS Championship game, Oregon once again dominates the uniform game. Nicely done. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Boise State

Expecting something bright blue or perhaps blinding yellow? Nope, Boise changes it up and goes with the all-white look. I’m diggin’ these, especially the all-white helmet which will likely intimidate small children tuning in. This is also a clear a sign that Boise will switch from blue turf to white turf in 2012. Your move, MWC.

 


  • Published On Aug. 25, 2011 by Adam Kramer
  • Week One Betting: Big Shifts in the Point Spreads

    The week one point spreads have been out just a handful of days at most sports books and already we’re seeing some massive movement because of early betting. Although most games have moved at least a point or two, a handful of games have shifted more than that.

    TCU at Baylor

    Opened: TCU -10

    Current: TCU -6.5

    Week one’s Friday night game (plan your liquor store runs accordingly) might be the most intriguing week one game outside of the Saturday night showcase. For those of you that got Baylor +10 at home, kudos. That seems like a nice number and while they may not cover, you have to like getting double digits in this spot. Curious to see where this line goes as more betting comes in. Has the public finally embraced TCU following their Rose Bowl win? Do folks think Baylor can compete within a TD in this one? Something tells me this line will slowly creep back up as TCU love will resurface.

    Northwestern at Boston College

    Opened: Boston College -10

    Current: Boston College -3

    Did the odds makers just miss here? Do they like BC that much and are simply accommodating heavy Northwestern betting? Either way, this is a massive move and another interesting game. If Dan Persa is healthy, and all indications are that he is, than the Wildcats seem like a solid play here at 10 (obviously) and even at 3. Boston College, however, is a team that might be undervalued and could be much improved if the offense can score. Unknowns on both side early on, and the line should probably stay near where it is. I’d wait and see and let the line work itself out before you decide which way to go.

    Utah State at Auburn

    Opened: Auburn -32

    Current: Auburn -22

    Big, big line and even bigger movement. A 10-point shift is almost unprecedented, but this AU team is also unique given the sheer amount of talent that they lost. We know what Auburn has to replace, but perhaps Utah State is the true wildcard in this. Although they finished last season 4-8, they nearly beat Oklahoma in Norman which raised a lot of eyebrows and put up substantial points in losses. This isn’t exactly a game I would want to have an investment in, but apparently others don’t feel the same. After a big early shift, I expect the line will hover around 22 although perhaps it might dip a little further. If you like Auburn, you may want to wait a little longer. If Utah State is your pick, jump on it while you can.

    East Carolina vs South Carolina (in Charlotte)

    Opened: South Carolina -13

    Current: South Carolina -20.5

    With Garcia in (for the time being), folks have high hopes for the Gamecocks and the betting certainly shows this. And while the South Carolina offense is loaded, East Carolina is no slouch in this department. Where they do suffer, though is defense and last year they gave up an average of 44 point per game for the entire season. Yikes. South Carolina can and likely will run wild, but EC may be able to keep up for a bit. In the past we’ve seen the Gamecocks come out of the box slow, but they have not had a team this good in recent memory. This line could get bigger if you’re looking for more points although that’s a lot of points already.

    LSU vs. Oregon (in Dallas)

    Opened: LSU -3

    Current: Oregon -1

    Not the massive movement we’ve seen in the games above, but this is the weekend’s biggest matchup and the favorite has changed. Well, actually a few times now. A few months ago, some of college football’s biggest games were given point spreads and Oregon opened as a 3-point favorite. That soon shifted, and LSU became the favorite after it was announced that Cliff Harris was out for Oregon and folks became weary of the Ducks’ connection with Willie Lyles. Well, with week one betting now in full swing Oregon is taking money once again. Although this may go back and forth between now and early September, I’d be shocked to see the line reach 3 on either side unless something NCAA-related breaks or another suspension occurs. Wouldn’t shock me to see this game at pick ‘em either, which would be a fitting way to start the season.


  • Published On Aug. 08, 2011 by Adam Kramer
  • Oregon’s Newest “New” Threads


    The last time we saw that bright neon yellow, the college football season was coming to a conclusion and Auburn had just completed their perfect season by beating Oregon in the national championship.

    Almost a complete offseason later, it would appear that the Ducks are ready to jump back on their creative uniform horse (shocking) for their monster showdown against LSU.

    The uniform featured above made its way around the Internet and Twitter late Sunday evening, and while no one should be shocked that Oregon is up to their old tricks, it’s hard to deny that they’ve mastered the art of outside-the-box uniform designs. This uni shot was also featured, and it’s clear that their neighbor – aka Nike – has been quite busy.

    It hasn’t been confirmed yet that these are the bad boys Oregon will wear on September 3rd, but chances are you’ll see the all-grays in primetime in week one. On that positive note, teams will begin practice this week and our first actual college football game is now just a month away.

    [begins shaking uncontrollably]


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  • Published On Aug. 01, 2011 by Adam Kramer