Pac-12 Power Rankings 2013: Uniform Edition, Part 1

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11. Oregon State Beavers – Orange, Black, and White

Aug 31, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers tight end Caleb Smith (10) heads upfield against Eastern Washington Eagles defenders in the second half at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Beavs made some real headway this year. The beaver that resembled a pledge in Animal House was horrendous and struck fear into no one.

OSU loses points for tradition, though. Building tradition, like a program, takes time. The current logo might stick and turn into something great, who knows.

The Corvallis contingent loses huge points for their colors. Orange is just bad. Seventy-Four BCS teams, 11 have orange as a major color, mainly bunched in the South. OSU’s closest orange neighbor is another OSU, nearly 2,000 miles away.

Worst orange offender, however, is Clemson, who in cruel fashion, force their fans to clad themselves in orange and purple.

Remember your color wheel from kindergarden, kiddos? Red, good. Yellow, still good. Mixed together? Bad.

Oregon State can not change this curse, unless they do what Montana did in 1997 changing from Copper and Gold which looked like the Tampa Bay Bucaneers’ Orange unis, to Maroon and Silver. A vast improvement, near perfection, but not quite there.

Oregon State, change the orange to something palatable and not so overtly non-Pacific Northwest, and you can rise on this list in a decade.