In modern sports this is becoming rather difficult as almost every season there is at least a minor change to a team’s uniform, and this category is even more challenging for the Oregon Ducks fans out there. This is a handy archive for anyone who wants to go down the rabbit hole of looking back at the different jerseys football has worn over the decades by the Michigan State Spartans. For today’s look we are going to limit this to just the past decade of uniforms to keep it simple, compiling the list of top three: green, white, and alternate along with a honorable mention category. I try my best to look at these uniforms strictly in a vacuum of how they look rather than letting on field game results influence my opinion of them so bear that in mind as you look through the list.
Hands down the 2013 all-green uniform was the best. These were sharp and looked great. The only room for improvement on them would be swapping out the helmet for the current matte green. The all green uniform saw action against Michigan in Spartan Stadium, Ohio State in Indianapolis, and Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
You knew this was coming, right? Obviously the 2017 unveiling of the all-white uniform including the helmet gets the pick for best white uniform of the 2010s. With how sharp it pops, how could it not?
Maybe a hot take, but I couldn’t have cared less for the 2015 Pro-Combat uniform. I will concede that helmet was an improvement over the 2011 version, but everything else about that second take on the Pro-Combat uniform was a face plant. The 2011 version was fantastic overall and I still to this day wear my Kirk Cousins 2011 Pro-Combat jersey on game-days each fall.
Honorable Mention Uniforms
While the green shoulder yoke was controversial for some, the chrome helmet worn at Michigan in 2012 and at Nebraska in 2013 was great. It was the one truly unique and rarely used twist of the decade to the Spartan look. Now what would have made this perfect is if it had been combined with the green pants and white jersey worn at Northwestern just a few weeks later.
There are a lot of basketball uniforms to consider here, and once again we are going to limit this just to the past decade. Similarly it will be green, white, and alternate along with a honorable mention. You can find the full archive here.
The 2015-present green jersey gets the pick hands down for this one. The clean v-neck, Spartans font, and double stripe on the shorts all make this jersey pop on the court.
The 2010-2015 standard white uniform gets the pick here. This jersey was just a bit more crisp looking on the front than the current version that lacks the green stripe on the neck and arms, and the back graphics of Beaumont Tower and old versions of the Spartan helmet were a cool touch.
This one will be probably the most controversial take, but I am going with the 2017 MAC throwback alternate.
Honorable Mention Uniforms
Unlike the 2011 jersey worn on the USS Carl Vinson against the North Carolina Tar Heels, this jersey got it right as MSU was in green camo to face the UConn Huskies at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany to open the 2012-2013 season. While it wasn’t the script “State,” the jersey itself was a fun alternate that fits right in with the Spartan warrior ethos.