The Big Ten (11): Most Badass College Logos

With college football back in full swing, my life (despite an Irish loss this week) has improved exponentially.  Finally, that legitimate excuse to wake up at 8AM and crack a cold PBR before opening your eyes is back.  Nothing in the world (even sex) beats a glorious Saturday filled with great games and thrilling upsets.  The definition of euphoria is one of said weekends that feature a Hawaii home game, allowing 3 additional hours to ignore life’s responsibilities, your nagging girlfriend, and continue to drink with friends around the TV.  Ever since I was a wee little sprat, college football logos have fascinated me.  The pageantry and tradition behind each (well, most) far surpasses any pro logo.  Below is a list of my 11 all-time favorites.  A good portion of these teams are well hated here on 4HT, but this list is about logo preference, not team preference. Enjoy, and feel free to share your opinion.  Before we begin, here is the absolute WORST one ever…..
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These are in no particular order:

IOWA

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Not visually stunning, but it grows on you.  I will refrain from talking any shit about the Hawkeyes in fear of wrestling legend Dan Gable ripping my throat out.  This logo beats the hell out of Iowa’s original idea to use a soiled pig smoking a cigar.

TEXAS

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I usually like to say “Fuck ‘Em” instead of “Hook ‘Em,” but the Longhorns logo has withstood the test of time quite well.  The burnt orange Bevo is simple, and absolutely badass.  After visiting both Iowa and Texas throughout the years, I am thoroughly convinced the only difference between the two barren wastelands is that Iowa smells like pigshit, and Texas cowshit.

MIAMI

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Admit it, the “U” looks pretty damn sweet running through the Orange Bowl smoke with their trademark orange and green logo emblazoned on each helmet.  What most people don’t know is that color scheme was not chosen at random, and has special symbolic meaning.  The orange represents the jumpsuits their players wear after college, and the green money they were paid to play for the Hurricanes. 

ARIZONA STATE

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Sun Devil mascot Sparky is a mischevious looking little guy, and the fact that he has a “Dirty Sanchez” mustache makes him hands down college football’s best mascot.  Only this logo can make the hideous maroon and gold combo work, and we will lay off ASU for now, since they are still licking their wounds from last night’s thrashing at the hands of Georgia.  SEC>PAC-10…Infinitely.

OLE MISS

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Ole Miss staple Colonel Reb is, as far as I know, the only college mascot who is visibly shit-faced.  This droopy-eyed southern gentleman is a mix between KFC icon Colonel Sanders, and Confederate icon Robert E. Lee.  Leave it to the great state of Mississippi to continue their long, proud history of  plantation days and intolerance.

PURDUE

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You can’t look at this one without laughing hysterically.  The beefy Boilermaker Purdue Pete apparently has to “make boilers” shirtless, to show off his ripped physique, and hopefully score a date with one of Purdue’s 26 girls.  If things aren’t bad enough already, Pete has a block of cheese on his head, and a combover resembling legendary Boiler coach Gene Keady’s.  Regardless, this logo is pretty damn cool.

ARKANSAS

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This old logo is awesome, and definitely earns points for being borderline creepy.  The Razorbacks have one of the best names in all of college football, and this logo definitely is the shit.  We will give the Hogs and every resident of Arkansas a pass today, since Petrino was rocked by Saban 49-14 yesterday, in the 1st annual “Scum Bowl.”  Hog fans, you may now go back to your regularly scheduled Sunday of rooting around in garbage and rolling in feces. 

NOTRE DAME

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Homer? Maybe.  I don’t care what anyone says, this logo is absolutely, positively freaking awesome.  This photo of the Leprechaun was taken c 1988.  The recent one displays our surly Irish comrade with a blown out knee, and he is approximately 400 lbs. larger.

FLORIDA

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Look at this fucking guy.  I mean seriously, look at him.  An alligator wearing a beanie and sweater named Albert is pure gold.  If Florida’s logo had a baby with the aforementioned Purdue Pete, it would definitely look like a He-Man “Evil Horde” action figure.  All kidding aside, Urban Meyer is a crybaby, narcississt, and generally bad person, but his school’s logo is the sheeze.

SMU

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You really gotta see a helmet to fully appreciate how badass this logo looks.  Back in the 80’s, the Mustang helmets had more significance, for the “Pony Express” of Craig James and Eric Dickerson were carving up opposing defenses from the backfield, and actually winning games.  It’s a shame the winning had to stop when the pantywaist NCAA said it was no longer acceptable to give players money, cars, mountains of cocaine, and provide hookers on tap.  Good lord what I wouldn’t give to be a blue chip recruit during that period.

ILLINOIS

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Here it is, my all-time favorite college logo ever.  The Illini got rid of Chief Illiniwek a year ago, but this proud (and controversial) chief will forever adorn t-shirts, hats, etc.  On a side note, why doesn’t Ron Zook just quit his job already as coach, and become a full time “recruiter.”  Zooker can carry a suitcase full of cash door to door, and land top prospects for the highest bidder.  His best customers would be Pete Carroll, Bobby Bowden, and Jim Tressel.

Like I said earlier, these are my 11 favorite college logos, and I would like to hear which ones you got.  Keep it as objective and impartial as possible.

12 Comments

  1. Pingback by COED Magazine » UF Fans Cyberattack Tennessee’s Wiki Page on September 22, 2008 11:17 am

    […] Ever since I was a wee little sprat, college football logos have fascinated me. The pageantry and tradition behind each (well, most) far surpasses any pro logo. Below is a list of my 11 all-time favorites. A good portion of these teams are well hated here on 4HT, but this list is about logo preference, not team preference. Enjoy, and feel free to share your opinion. Before we begin, here is the absolute WORST one ever….. These are in no particular order. [4HT] […]

  2. Comment by Jody Rope on September 22, 2008 2:17 pm

    Infantile to puerile choices. You like little cartoon drawings in the graphics style of an art-ed sophomore for a website. Iowa–okay for the 70s. The U is cool. The rest are kitsch, crud, racist or duh-du-dumb

  3. Comment by scott on September 22, 2008 3:31 pm

    that isn’t purdue’s logo on anything

  4. Comment by Steelhead on September 22, 2008 3:43 pm

    Jody,
    Thanks for the feedback, and opinions certainly vary from person to person.

  5. Comment by Steelhead on September 22, 2008 3:48 pm

    Scott,
    Perhaps you read the fine print of what constitutes a logo too closely. This list includes both logos and mascots. Of course we all know the Boilermaker Special is Purdue’s true mascot, but Pete is the face (co-mascot) of the university. You better BTFU at B-Club for Penn St. my man.

  6. Comment by joe on September 22, 2008 8:47 pm

    sec is 7-10 against the pac 10 this decade.

  7. Comment by dude on September 23, 2008 7:56 am

    cincinnati’s c-paw is freakin’ great.

  8. Comment by brandon on September 24, 2008 9:04 am

    Dumb Fuck, Miami doesn’t play in the Orange Bowl anymore.

  9. Comment by Steelhead on September 24, 2008 3:42 pm

    Brandon,
    I was referring to when the U was actually intimidating and badass, which was years ago, when they played in THE ORANGE BOWL. No need to get so frustrated…

  10. Comment by KIRK on November 29, 2008 12:37 pm

    I’M LOOKING FOR THE NAME OF A COLLEGE IN TEXAS, THAT HAS AN EAGLE AS A MASCOT. THE TEAM COLORS ARE BLUE, ORANGE, WHITE. I WAS JUST IN TEXAS AND SAW IT ON A SPORTSBAR WALL AT THE AIRPORT. I ASKED THE WAITRESS AND SHE HAD NO IDEA. CAN YOU HELP?

  11. Comment by Iowa Hawkeye Football Site on December 14, 2008 7:56 pm

    Love your post!! Finally someone got it right!!! Would you mind if I put a blogroll link back to your post? 🙂

  12. Comment by Steelhead on December 14, 2008 8:28 pm

    Iowa, you can put a blogroll link if you like. Thanks for taking the time to read the article.

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