Last week I ranked Oklahoma State’s football uniforms for the 2021-2022 season 8 through 14. Today, I’ll finish out the list by ranking the best of the rest with 1 through 7.
Once again, feel free to debate my placings in the comments. Let me know your favorite threads that the Pokes wore this season or tell me how wrong I am.
7. Orange Script/White/Orange – West Virginia
OSU brought back the orange scripts after debuting them in Waco last season to my and everyone else’s approval. They paired them with the white jersey and orange pants once again in a 24-3 win over the Mountaineers, making the Pokes 2-0 in the uniform. The entire uniform works so well together, especially the orange helmet with the matching pants, to create a look that I hope becomes a staple in the future. My only complaint is that the black numbers on the jersey kind of clash with the orange of the rest of the uni. If OSU were to come out with a white jersey with orange numbers, I think that would turn this combo into an elite uniform and probably bump it up a few spots on this list.
6. Black/White/Orange – Boise State
If you asked me what OSU’s “default” away uniform was, I would point to this classic look. This uniform combo has been worn once every year since 2011, becoming a mainstay for the Pokes. It is simple but effective, with the matte black helmet donning the orange “OSU” decal packaged with the white away jersey and orange pants, making for a solid uniform that has always looked so clean. I would advise against wearing them on a blue field (even though nothing except blue looks good on that field, let’s be honest), nonetheless, these will always be some of my favorite away uniforms.
5. Black Script/White/Orange – Notre Dame
Riding off the positive reception of an upcoming helmet on this list, Oklahoma State strolled into bowl season with one of the slickest helmets the Cowboys have ever worn. A new take on my No. 6 uniform, equipment manager Wes Edwards opted this time for a black script helmet with an orange facemask rather than black. The result was like a masterpiece from the Renaissance Era and the perfect look to mount the biggest comeback in program history. Pitting the traditional, snooty Notre Dame uniforms versus the sleek, modern Oklahoma State threads made for an incredible game that was made even better while Mike Gundy told the country that we have a logo too.
4. Orange/Orange/White – Baylor (Big 12 Championship)
This uniform was not among a lot of Cowboys fans’ favorite this season, citing that it looked like Clemson was playing for the Big 12 Championship or that they should have worn another “Cursive Cowboys” helmet. I, on the other hand, think this is one of OSU’s best uniform combinations out there. The helmet is one of my favorites ever, with the white “OSU” decal and a white stripe on a glossy orange dome that goes beautifully with the orange jersey and white pants. The outcome of the game may not have been what Pokes’ fans wanted, but this uni at least made OSU cool to watch on one of college football’s biggest stages. I am definitely in favor of bringing this look back, especially with the accompanying helmet.
3. Black Throwback/Orange/White – Kansas
Oklahoma State always has something up its sleeve when it comes to Homecoming games. The equipment staff kept with the tradition of donning throwback uniforms with this simple look that pushes all the right buttons for me. The helmets pay homage to the Oklahoma State teams of the 1960s, with white numbers on the side of a matte black helmet with an orange stripe running across the top. This is one of the very few times OSU rocks a home uniform with a tri-colored combination, something I would not mind changing in the future, especially this specific color pattern. The whole uniform comes together very well and I’m a sucker for anything throwback, and in this case, the 60s helmet makes it all the better.
2. Black/Orange/Black – Baylor
Much like the black/white/orange combo is the “default” away uniform in my eyes, the tried-and-true black/orange/black look would be considered the default home threads. With the black “OSU” helmet, orange jersey, and black bottoms, this uniform looks so good every time it finds its way onto a football field. It personifies Oklahoma State football perhaps more than any other combination the Pokes have ever worn. That, and the Cowboys always seem to win in them. What more can I say? It’s been a mainstay for over a decade and will continue to be, long into the future of OSU football.
1. Black Script/Black/Orange – Bedlam
The highest-ranked Bedlam since 2015 saw OSU don one of the best uniforms in the history of the program, exemplified by the first iteration of the black “Cursive Cowboys” helmets. Oklahoma State debuted these beauties with a black facemask after the positive reception of the other two script helmets. The white and orange stripe running across the top of the helmet was the cherry on top of a helmet that very much deserved to be broadcasted to millions on the primetime ESPN slot. Pokes fans loved it so much that an end-of-the-season poll conducted by the official OSU Twitter account resulted in these bad boys being voted as the fanbases’ favorite helmet of the year. As for the rest of the uniform, the black jerseys and orange pants work perfectly with the helmet, amalgamating into, easily, the No. 1 uniform worn by Oklahoma State this season.