CBS Sports’ ranking of the most patriotic uniforms in college football published Tuesday had an obvious No. 1 — the services academies (Air Force, Army and Navy) tied for the top spot.
But the next spot on the list, published in honor the Fourth of July, went to Boston College. The Eagles have honored former BC athletes with special alternate uniforms in the past. In particular, Ben Kercheval pointed out the Eagles’ red bandana alternate uniform in his list:
“ESPN’s video short ‘The Man in the Red Bandana‘ tells the story of former Boston College lacrosse player Welles Crowther, who selflessly gave his life saving others in the 9/11 attacks. Crowther wore a red bandana to protect him during his rescue attempts. Against USC in 2014, Boston College paid tribute to Crowther with subtle, classy red bandana accents. It wasn’t flashy, but it was the right tribute.”
Boston College defeated the ninth-ranked Trojans 37–31 in a stunning upset, donning the red banana helmets, which feature a stripe down the middle with the pattern of a red bandana.
The game has become an annual event for the Eagles now. This year’s red bandana game will take place against Florida State on Oct. 27.