The Tennessee Vols likely have the most recognizable uniforms in college football (though Oregon and their colorful combinations are certainly in the conversation).
UT’s orange and white is unique. The Vols don’t have to share their colors with a rival program. The only program that even comes close to Tennessee’s orange is the Texas Longhorns and their burnt orange.
Of course, anytime something is incredibly unique, it’s also polarizing.
If you’re not a fan of Tennessee, then the sight of Vol orange probably elicits a negative response.
Love or hate the Vols’ uniforms, there’s no doubt they’re immediately recognizable — which is part of what makes a great uniform.
So it’s no surprise that Tennessee ranked pretty high in Rivals’ recent ranking of SEC uniforms.
According to Rivals, the Vols have the third best uniform in the SEC, behind LSU and Georgia.
The orange jerseys work. The white-on-white look works. The smoky gray alternative uniforms work. The helmet is great. There’s nothing to complain about.
I can certainly see LSU and Tennessee being at the top. The Tigers also have unique uniforms (the purple jerseys with yellow mixed in always look good in contrast to their opponents).
But Georgia above Tennessee?
I’m not sure about that one. The red stands out, but it’s not terribly unique. Arkansas, NC State, Ole Miss and Texas Tech all use similar shades of red.
(Arkansas, by the way, had the No. 14 ranked uniform in the SEC in Rivals’ rankings.)
I think it’s hard to beat Tennessee’s all orange uniforms. This is certainly subjective, but it’s hard to deny how good the orange looks on TV.
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