By: Evan Jankens
The start of the 2016 college football season didn’t go as planned for Michigan State or its fans.
MSU topped the Furmen Paladins 28-13 in their first game and fans were livid. They wanted their Spartans to win 55-7 or something along those lines. I am lucky enough to cover the Spartans every Saturday when they are playing at home and — say what you want — but I saw a team with a very bland offense and defense that did all they needed to do in order to get the “W.”
This Saturday the #12 ranked Spartans are heading to South Bend, Ind., to take on #18 Notre Dame. ESPN.com has the Spartans an eight point dog to The Fighting Irish.
Under dog status is something the Spartans are very familiar with.
One thing that the Spartans can hang their hat on is the fact their logo was voted the best in all of college football by Athlon Sports.
Here is how they came up with their rankings:
Logos don’t draw the same attention or excitement as uniforms but they are an inextricable part of each team’s brand that can be recognized around the world. With that in mind, we rank the Top 25 FBS logos (in descending order) based on aesthetics, color combination and creativity.
Yes, that’s right, the Spartan logo is the best in all of college football.
Michigan State’s in-state rival may have the best college football uniforms but it is Sparty who can lay claim to the game’s best logo. The second-place finisher in Reddit’s recent logo poll, this Spartan helmet silhouette ranks supreme here because it’s everything you want in a logo: Striking but understated, strong but subtle and just all-around awesome. And after years of endlessly toying with the shade of green, Michigan State finally hit the jackpot.
The rest of the top 5, in order, are: Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Miami.
If you are curious where the Michigan Wolverines ranked, they landed at 25.
OK, it’s just a block “M.” But the color combination of maize and blue that makes Michigan’s football uniforms the best in the land also makes the school’s logo Top 25-worthy.
Now the main question is did Athlon Sports get this right?