I'm going to assume that you are here for two reasons: you either were here yesterday and read at least a part of Illinois Potluck, Part One, or you just clicked on it from the picture of the pizza. Either way, welcome, but if you don't know what's going on in this post, make sure you go back to Part One.
Deep Dish Pizza -- There is no pizza like a deep dish. You can argue New York, Chicago, or whatever style you want (represent St. Louis style, cardboard thin with provel cheese), but when your pizza shares similar features to a casserole, you know you're eating something more than just a pizza. A pizza can be anything, which adds to the greatness of it, but having it contain excessive amounts of all the important food groups is a main course made in heaven. Trying to decide what to get on (or in) your pizza can be a major decision, just like the one Tim Beckman must make.
Ray Ransom: Rutgers has a rich tradition of using two quarterbacks to ensure that neither is successful. From Savage-Lovelace to Savage-Dodd to Dodd-Nova to Nova-Dodd-Bimonte-Dodd, we've proven without a doubt that two arms can throw twice as many interceptions as one. Pray for a single starter. Pray my Illini brothers! Pray!
Speaking of boring white, Penn State needs just a little more pizazz to their look to vault into the top tier of great B1G uniforms. As of now, they are behind Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State (except when MSU wears their ugly, pointless bronze-infused jerseys). So who is the worst? One of the red teams... I like Rutgers' sliver helmets, so I'll say Maryland because of the inconsistency.
Graham Filler: I love the Illini makeover. Love it. Apparently there was a study done years ago that said blue/orange is the best sports color combo. I think the new design is solid and not over complicated. Kudos.
BEST - Traditional Michigan jerseys are always going to be high on these lists. Just a good look with the winged helmets.
WORST - The Rutgers helmets? Blah. Maryland's flag explosion jerseys. Purdue's old gold is less than satisfactory as a color, in general.
Jesse Collins: Can I be indifferent? Do whatever you want so long as your players, students, and fans like it. If they embrace it, then whatever. As for best/worst? Bias is bias, but the classic look is always tops for me, so schools like Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, etc., win out for me. I'm boring. Worst? I'm with Graham. Rutgers' uniforms are atrocious. I don't mind Maryland's blackout/whiteout look either. But yeah, let's go back to Rutgers is the worst.
Ray Ransom: Coming from the Big East, we certainly have fond memories of beating the crap out of players wearing Syracuse jerseys. Our fanbase and players are extremely excited to notch up a few hard-earned Big Ten wins against these beautiful orange punching bags. Will there be a man wearing a giant orange bean bag chair bedecked with googly eyes?
Best looking uniforms have to go to the Scarlet Knights. Beautiful design, thoughtful integration of the Knight mythos and a modern sensibility to match a new conference for the team. Love those throwbacks even more though!
Worst looking uniforms have to go the team from pennsylvania. I mean, they're gorgeous, classic designs, reminiscent of the Rutgers 2000-2010 era jerseys. Clean lines and a classic look. However, the clothes don't make the man. Put a tux on a piece of shit and its just a piece of shit in a tux.
More Orange: (Even though I'm the writer, I feel I get to give my opinion on any subject I want.) The new Illini jerseys have been in the works for years, and as an Illini fan, I was afraid I would overhype them in my mind before the actual reveal. To my relief though, Nike did a fantastic job with the whole thing. My favorite feature would be the vertical stripes on the jerseys which simultaneously represent the columns on the outside of Memorial Stadium and the jerseys worn during the Red Grange years.
Best looking jersey in the B1G may belong to the Illini, but I want a look at them on the field before I make that decision, so for now I'm going with my second favorite Ohio State. They're classic and iconic, identifiable from any other jersey-helmet combo in the NCAA.
It's really hard to pick a worst B1G jersey. The B1G has many designs that just look like the perfect college football look, both traditional (Michigan, Iowa) and modern (Northwestern, Rutgers). I'm not even that opposed to Maryland's "Pride" jerseys. They're unique, and I mean that in the best way possible. If I have to pick one flaw, it's gonna be the twinsies, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Other than the side of the helmet and a few patches here or there, they look the exact same. Actually, I take it back; the one look will add to the story as these two fight for B1G West supremacy.