BYU Football has enough football combinations to last nearly three full seasons.
With BYU Football adding two new helmet designs this past off season, the combinations of uniforms has gone from a handful of options to nearly as endless supply, especially if the facemasks are thrown into the mix.
Admittingly, this article is partially in response to Utah’s new uniform announcement that they will wear against Oregon to honor the USS Utah that fought in World War II. I never thought I would say this, but those uniforms are really impressive and I wish they wore them on September 11th for the 20 year anniversary.
While some of these uniform combinations may not have an emotional connection or reason, many of the games have a specific purpose. Unless specifically specified, the facemask doesn’t matter whether it is white, chrome, royal or navy.
Week 1 Arizona – Royal Helmet, Royal Jersey, White Pants
This combination is already confirmed by BYU as being the first combination of the season. The combination will be really sharp for TV viewers in the indoor stadium. While at first I was hoping the Cougars would save the new helmets for Utah or Arizona State, both bigger games, I’m glad that they will be used in week one so it won’t be a distraction later in the season.
Week 2 Utah – White Patriotic Y Helmet, White Jersey, Royal Pants
What? White at home? In 1972, BYU Football won their first game against Utah in five years and it was the first game that BYU won on their stretch of five straight wins and 19 out 21 wins that stretched into the mid 1990’s. With so much changing in college football, this combination would be a nice tribute the 1972 team. The Patriotic Y helmet would be in honor of 9/11 and would add the jerseys would look nice with Utah’s reds to create a red, white, and blue look on the field.
Week 3 Arizona State – White Helmet, Royal Jersey, White Pants
BYU and Arizona State are relatively close in proximity, yet the last time these two teams faced off was in 1998 when the Cougars took down the Sun Devils 26-6. In that game the Cougars were wearing the very nice looking blue and black trim. While black is not an option, the same combination could be worn, again a tribute to the 1998 season, the year that many view as Lavell’s last great team.
Week 4 South Florida – Navy Helmet, Navy Jersey, Navy Pants
BYU and South Florida don’t have much history so this game has no particular inspired jersey combination which makes it a great week to bring out the new navy helmet, and since Utah State is the next week, navy would not be good that week.
Week 5 Utah State – White Helmet, Royal Jersey, White Pants
There are not very many better looks than BYU’s white helmets and Utah State’s navy helmets on a Friday night. This rivalry has a long history, but with BYU’s recent dominance (winning 28 out of the last 35), the Cougars should just go with a nice clean look in a jersey that is traditional.
Week 6 Boise State – Navy Helmet, Navy Jersey, White Helmet
In this young rivalry that is starting to become extremely competitive, this would be another great game to bring out the new helmets. I’m not a fan of two teams wearing the same (or close) color in their helmets so Boise State should wear their white or orange helmets.
Week 7 Baylor – Royal Helmet, White Jersey, Royal Pants
Baylor appears to be the “road game” that BYU fans are going to travel to just as they did to Houston in 2020, Tennessee in 2019, and Arizona in 2018. Fans would love to see the new helmet in this game, and it would look really good in BYU’s game (possible tryout/statement) against the Big 12.
Week 8 Washington State – Navy Helmet, White Jersey, White Pants (Navy Trim)
BYU Football will travel to Pullman, Washington for only the second time ever, again a surprise when considering their history and relative proximity. Since this is a road game, it will likely be another white jersey week and I can’t think of a better contrast to Washington State’s crimson than navy blue.
Week 9 Virginia – White Helmet, Navy Jersey, White Pants
While Bronco Mendenhall brought back royal jerseys during his tenure, when thinking of BYU Football during Bronco’s time the white helmet, navy jersey and white pants come to mind. This is the “Bronco” look and would be a nice tribute to him and the coaching staff that led the Cougars into Independence.
Week 10 Idaho State – Royal Helmet, Royal Jersey, Royal Pants
Since this is the FCS game that should be over by halftime, making a fun uniform combination would be something that would get players and fans excited for this game.
Week 11 Georgia Southern – Navy Helmet, White Jersey, Navy Pants
This combination could really be anything, however this is one combination that would look really nice on Georgia Sothern’s field as long as the Golden Eagles aren’t also wearing navy helmets.
Week 12 USC – White Helmet, White Jersey, Navy Pants
While the classic white, white, white look would be nice here, I can’t help but think that the classic look would be great for this game. The last and only time that BYU took down the Trojans, the Cougars had a very classic look, and considering USC is one of the most classic teams in the country, this combination would look great on TV and be a very traditional
What combinations do you hope to see the Cougars unveil this year? Let us know in the comments!