Rich Rodriguez has coached the Arizona Wildcats for 16 games. The UA has worn a different uniform combination for 14 of them, including last Saturday’s home win against Texas-San Antonio.
In honor of RichRod’s fashion versatility, I am proud to present nine years and 102 games’ worth of Arizona football uniform combo data.
If you can’t wait anymore and want to dig into the stats yourself click here and go right ahead. You can sort by individual uniform piece (such as helmets) or by combination. You can also sort the years from oldest to newest or newest to oldest.
I know what you’re thinking: Excuse me, Mr. Universe, Wildcat. Why would you give away your research?
It’s not my research. It’s our research. This is the type of thing We The People need to know.
Most fans will say, “I don’t care what the team wears as long as we win.” Well, which combos have done the most winning?
You’ve come to the right place.
Here is the win/loss record for each ensemble during the Mike Stoops era and, below, RichRod’s tenure:
Mike Stoops’ Record by Uniform Combination
(2005-2011. Includes six games coached by Tim Kish)
Stoops didn’t have any combo go undefeated but he did have one go winless. The Cats wore White-Blue-Blue against Oregon State in 2010 and didn’t bring it back over the next year and a half.
You may, however, recognize that combination as the one worn for the Keep Calm and Carey On game last year, so it’s safe to say that combo has been redeemed (or, should I say, Ka’Deemed).
Rodriguez was brought in to revive the UA program and not only did he win eight games last year but he also set an unbreakable record by coaching the first Arizona team to wear a different uniform combination in every game. He recycled combos for the first two games this season but got creative again with White-Red-Blue for UTSA.
We can’t learn much from a bunch of 1-0 or 0-1 records but what trends are there when we break down individual articles of clothing?
Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona Record by Helmet Color
Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona Record by Jersey Color
Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona Record by Pant Color
Blue is leading in every category so one would think Blue-Blue-Blue would be a powerful combination. That happens to be the combo worn in RichRod’s very first game at the UA. Coincidence? Or starting off on the right fashion foot?
So what’s left? The copper helmets have only been used with blue jerseys and pants so every other combo is still available. I’d like to see them show up with white jerseys on the road at some point.
The red helmets have been used just twice (red jerseys and pants, then blue jerseys red pants) so there are a lot of options remaining.
For both the blue and the white helmets only one combo remains unused: blue jerseys and red pants. You’ll remember that pairing was used with the red hats in the New Mexico Bowl.
After all that, I know what you’re thinking now: What kind of obsession do you need to keep track of this stuff?