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THB’s football uniform challenge First Round: No. 7 vs. No. 10

Two modern monochromatic uniforms battle this week.

This series will determine the ultimate UNC football uniform combination. Each week, your vote decides which set advances to the next round.

Last week’s matchup was the closest thus far in the THB football uniform challenge. The thin-navy striped uniforms of the Bunting and Davis eras were victorious over the white helmets of the 1960s. Here is the updated bracket (click to enlarge):

This week, it is another matchup of monochromatic uniforms as the modern “Stormtrooper” takes on the navy-on-navy with chromed helmet.

7. 2015-present all-white “Stormtrooper”

North Carolina v Miami
Mitch Trubisky versus Miami in 2016
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The white-on-white uniform combination has been used for many decades for UNC football. However, the reemergence of the white helmet in 2012 brought a new dynamic to this set.

The white helmets are used frequently with the “Targyle” uniforms, and certainly fit perfectly with any Carolina Blue or white jersey combination. These white helmets above the white jersey and pants have consistent color proportions, unlike the white helmets used with the 2013-2014 football uniforms. In short, this is a very clean look.

A moment in this uniform

The North Carolina Tar Heels spent just one week back in the AP Top 25 in 2016 when the offense sputtered against Virginia Tech in Chapel Hill. Unranked once again, Carolina traveled to Miami Gardens, Florida to take on the No. 16 Hurricanes.

UNC scored all the points they needed in the first half. Nick Weiler started the scoring with a 42-yard field goal. Miami lined up for a 35-yard field goal in an attempt to tie the game, but Jalen Dalton got a hand on the ball and denied the score. On the subsequent drive, Mitch Trubisky tossed a touchdown pass to Austin Proehl to cap off an 80-yard drive to give Carolina a 10-0 lead after the first quarter.

Miami’s lone first half score was a field goal in the second quarter. Carolina responded with a 52-yard field goal, then a Ryan Switzer touchdown reception extended the Tar Heel first half lead to 20-3.

In the second half, the defense bent, but did not break. Miami scored a touchdown and a field goal, but was unable to reach Carolina’s first half offensive production. The Hurricanes were just 4-15 on third down, and punted five times. The key play came on Miami’s final possession when defensive end Malik Carney sacked Miami’s quarterback and forced a fumble. It was recovered by defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke. This game was, arguably, the best defensive performance of the season.

Check out the highlights from the game, via UNC Athletics:

10. 2012 Navy-on-navy with chromed Tar Heel helmet

North Carolina State v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

As mentioned in a previous article, primarily navy colors on the Tar Heel uniform do not sit well with this writer. However, as discussed on the Tar Heel Blog Podcast and in other articles, some writers here are fans of the navy.

The defining feature on this uniform set is the chromed helmet. This was the first chrome helmet for the Tar Heels. It featured a chrome field with Carolina Blue Tar Heel on each side. This was the final appearance for this style of uniform set as the program unveiled completely redesigned uniforms for the 2013 season.

A moment in this uniform

This navy set ranked as high as it did because of the lone game this particular set was used. Every Tar Heel fan knows which game it is. Check out the highlights below, via UNC Athletics. Skip to the 10:22 mark to see Giovani Bernard put a nail in the coffin of Tom O’Brien’s head coaching career:

What do you like best about these uniforms? What special moments do you remember while these uniforms were on the gridiron?

Vote below for your favorite. The poll ends next Wednesday.


Which uniform advances to the next round?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    7. 2015-present all-white "Stormtrooper"
    (66 votes)
  • 37%
    10. 2012 Navy-on-navy with chromed Tar Heel helmet
    (39 votes)
105 votes total Vote Now