Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dartmouth, Delaware, Harvard, Holy Cross (2015)

We continue our 2015 year in review with Delaware and three more Ivy League schools.

The Big Green, which unveiled a gray alternate helmet and pants in 2014, added a black helmet, jersey and pants to its arsenal in '15, giving Dartmouth 27 possible combinations. The Greenies wore nine combos in 10 games -- I have to admit; it was a blast trying to guess Dartmouth's uniform for a given week, and I found myself checking the Big Green's Twitter feed every Wednesday for the weekly uniform announcement. I was pulling for Dartmouth to go 10-for-10 for the season in unique combos, but alas, it repeated the all-white look in the next-to-last game. Maybe the Big Green will increase the fun in '16 and add a green helmet and pants.

Note how Dartmouth was smart with its color combos; every one was well-coordinated and there was no random stuff like black-green-gray or white-green-black. (Actually, the Greenies tried that one a while back.)

Dartmouth went 9-1 overall, 6-1 in the Ivy League for a share of its first Ivy title in 19 years.

The Blue Hens switched manufacturers to Adidas from Under Armour and their jerseys received a new (and improved, in my opinion) look -- the busy stripes are gone and the big "DELAWARE" across the front is a nice touch. I'm glad the state-of-Delaware patch with the six stars (for the school's six national titles) remained. Nothing beats the classic look of yore, of course. The Hens were an un-Delaware-like 4-7 overall, 3-5 in the CAA.

The Crimson also added a black jersey, and introduced crimson pants, to boot. The alternate-uniform trend has definitely invaded the FCS level, but hey, it makes this blog more fun, right? Harvard also eliminated the helmet stripes, which had been around since the 1960s. The Crimson went 9-1 overall, 6-1 Ivy for a share of its third straight Ancient Eight title.

Holy Cross
The only change from last year was the return of the big-arse Patriot League patch the Crusaders wore in the 90s and aughties. The Cross was 6-5 overall, 3-3 in Patriot League play.

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