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Uniform March Madness: FCS Region

The “small” schools can bring the heat to the field too

NCAA Football: North Dakota at Wyoming Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

FCS school’s may not be able to compete with every FBS team on the field, but they can certainly hang with their uniform choices. Even with smaller budgets, these schools can bring out some of the best uniforms in college football. In the fourth region of our March Madness bracket, the FCS schools showcase their uniforms. The FCS region includes the top 12 schools from last season. If you haven’t voted for the Sun Belt region, make sure you head over there and submit your votes for those teams!

Below you will see the bracket the FCS Region and the poll for Round 1. Make sure you vote for the first round! More votes makes the bracket better, and there have already been some close matchups!

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#8 Richmond Spiders vs #9 The Citadel Bulldogs

NCAA Football: Richmond at Virginia Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

RICHMOND

COLORS: Blue, red

BRAND: Nike

SUMMARY: Like the Sun Belt’s South Alabama, the Spiders stuck with white and blue helmets and pants while using red, white, and blue in their uppers. The patterns on the uniforms seem a little outdated if we’re being picky, but they still look good regardless of date.

NCAA Football: The Citadel at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

THE CITADEL

COLORS: Blue, white

BRAND: Adidas

SUMMARY: The Citadel uses only white helmets, but has a variety of other options in jerseys and pants. Navy blue, white, grey, and baby blue were all used in the uppers while grey and white were the only two options for lowers. The baby blue was a nice touch and, along with navy blue, could be added to the lowers or helmets for next season.

#5 Sam Houston State Bearkats vs #12 North Dakota Fighting Hawks

NCAA Football: Sam Houston State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

SAM HOUSTON STATE

COLORS: Orange, white

BRAND: Under Armour

SUMMARY: Even though orange and white are the school colors, the Bearkats love to utilize blue into their uniforms as well. It’s pretty simple: all orange at home, and white jerseys and pants with orange lids.

NCAA Football: North Dakota at Wyoming Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

NORTH DAKOTA

COLORS: Black, green

BRAND: Adidas

SUMMARY: You may be surprised that another North Dakota team is in the top 12, but make no mistake, they can play and dress well doing so. Kelly green helmets are combined with any combination of white, green, or gray jerseys and pants. The all green look against Weber State was definitely one of their highlights.

#7 South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs #10 Chattanooga Mocs

NCAA Football: South Dakota State at Texas Christian Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

COLORS: Blue, yellow

BRAND: Under Armour

SUMMARY: SDSU took a slightly different approach to helmets. While the color scheme stayed the same, they switched up the decals frequently. Jersey and pant choices included blue, yellow, white and black. Both featured a two stripe design on the lateral sides of each.

NCAA Football: Chattanooga at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

CHATTANOOGA

COLORS: Navy blue, gold

BRAND: Adidas

SUMMARY: Seems to be a recurring trend in the FCS: one helmet, two jerseys, two pants. Chattanooga kept it simple with three colors, and rarely switched things up. Some blue helmets with the yellow C would be nice for 2017, but the current white choice is still clean.

#6 Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs #11 Wofford Terriers

NCAA Football: Jacksonville State at Louisiana State Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

JACKSONVILLE STATE

COLORS: Red, white

BRAND: Adidas

SUMMARY: In terms of budget, many of these schools may not get the same funds as FBS schools, hence the lack of change in uniforms. Jacksonville State stuck to red helmets all year. At home, the wore red uppers and lower, and the road consisted of a white on white look.

Wofford v Mississippi'n

WOFFORD

COLORS: Black, gold

BRAND: Adidas

SUMMARY: Say that Army decided to switch brands from Nike to Adidas and move to the FCS level. You would essentially have almost no way of knowing if you were watching them or Wofford. Gold lids, black home and white away jerseys, and gold pants highlight the Terriers uniforms. There is a little pattern on the shoulders of their black jerseys, but other than that they are literally Army 2.0.