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Uniform March Madness: Elite Eight

Eight are left, which teams will make it four?

NCAA Football: Memphis at Navy Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Elite, a phrase Minnesotans will be hearing for a while with PJ Fleck running the show. Here, it means we’re down to eight. The elite have survived and advanced to this stage. Matchups will become more difficult to win, and it all comes down to uniforms. Which uniforms appeal to fans the most? You decide which team’s helmet, jersey, and pants combinations you like the most. There are some simple setups that made it to the round of eight, while most other teams change their look weekly.

The bracket is still below, but for the Elite Eight, each matchup will have it’s own poll. Make sure you check out each one and vote!

#1 James Madison Dukes vs #7 South Dakota State Jackrabbits

NCAA Football: D1 Football Championship Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

James Madison

Previous: Beat #8 Richmond 18-17 and #12 North Dakota 51-28.

After surviving a scare against Richmond, the Dukes turned away North Dakota to get to the Elite Eight. Their uniforms include a multitude of color combinations, and that should help them in their quest to the Final Four.

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

South Dakota State

Previous: Beat #10 Chattanooga 30-8, #2 Youngstown State 23-11, and #6 Jacksonville State 43-36.

The Jackrabbits journey has been a dominant one until the last round. Their blue and gold combination may be running out of steam, and their opponent changes things up more frequently than they do. Do they have one more upset in them?



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  • 34%
    James Madison Dukes
    (26 votes)
  • 65%
    South Dakota State Jackrabbits
    (49 votes)
75 votes total Vote Now

#5 Memphis Tigers vs #2 Navy Midshipmen

NCAA Football: Boca Raton Bowl-Memphis vs Western Kentucky Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Previous: Beat #12 UConn 68-10, #4 Tulsa 115-86, and #9 Tulane 43-40.

Memphis finally met a match who could compete with them, but the Tigers finished off Tulane’s unique colors to enter the Elite Eight. They now face a team rich in tradition both on the field and with their uniforms, but they still could pull off the upset with their ever-changing look.

NCAA Football: Armed Forces Bowl-Louisiana Tech vs Navy Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


Previous: Beat #7 UCF 129-72 and #11 East Carolina 57-28.

We found that tradition is strong even in regards to uniforms. Navy has dominated both of its matchups heading into the Elite Eight. Their simple look resonates with fans all over, but has to go against a team that switches things up on a regular basis. Tradition is strong, but is it strong enough to reach the Final Four?



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  • 47%
    Memphis Tigers
    (75 votes)
  • 52%
    Navy Midshipmen
    (84 votes)
159 votes total Vote Now

#1 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs #6 Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

NCAA Football: Boca Raton Bowl-Memphis vs Western Kentucky Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Western Kentucky

Previous: Beat #9 Charlotte 55-37, #4 UTSA 120-117

Welcome to the Russell matchup! Where both schools chose an alternative route to their uniform sponsor. WKU finds themselves in the Elite Eight after surviving a nail-biter against UTSA. The Hilltoppers may find this round just as difficult as they go up against a team who has picked up some steam in the tournament.

NCAA Football: New Orleans Bowl-Southern Mississippi at UL Lafayette Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Mississippi

Previous: Beat #11 Marshall 52-46, #3 Louisiana Tech 52-45, #2 Old Dominion 139-95

After sneaking by Marshall and Louisiana Tech, the Golden Eagles were able to build a comfortable lead against Old Dominion. Black and gold has been good for those teams wearing those colors, and it could be a possible Final Four matchup if this support continues.



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  • 49%
    Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
    (78 votes)
  • 50%
    Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
    (80 votes)
158 votes total Vote Now

#1 Appalachian State Mountaineers vs #7 Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

NCAA Football: Miami at Appalachian State Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Appalachian State

Previous: Beat #8 South Alabama 488-198, #5 UL-Lafayette 248-82

There has been no doubt the Mountaineers would win their matchups, as they have stormed out to big leads and never looked back. Their clean look has brought them this far, and don’t be surprised if that continues.

NCAA Football: UL Monroe at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports


Previous: Beat #10 New Mexico State 194-109, #2 Arkansas State 305-280, # 6 Georgia Southern 140-114

Definitely the surprise of the tournament to this point. The Warhawks will need increased support if they want to advance, as their opponent has thoroughly dominated every matchup. Could this be the end, or is more magic in store?



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  • 90%
    Appalachian State Mountaineers
    (268 votes)
  • 9%
    Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
    (27 votes)
295 votes total Vote Now