Alternate uniforms have generated national attention and notoriety early this season -- thank Maryland for that (ugh) -- and the Big Ten is joining in the fun.
Michigan State and Ohio State are among the nine FBS teams selected to wear Nike Pro Combat uniforms for games this season.
The Spartans will sport quite a bit of bronze for their Oct. 15 home matchup against archrival Michigan. The Buckeyes will honor their 1961 National Championship team with special uniforms for the Oct. 29 showdown against Wisconsin.
Let's start with Michigan State's uniforms as Ohio State has been down this road before.
Who's ready for some melodramatic marketing language?!?! From a Michigan State news release:
When the gates lift for their battle against archrival Michigan on Oct. 15, the Spartans will sport a unique design with bronze colorways, honoring the heroic armor of their historic namesake. Bronze is visible throughout the uniform, adding an authentic strength and durability synonymous with the Spartan name. ...
Echoing the cry of King Leonidas, the back of the collar is inscribed with the words “Molon Labe,” the Spartans’ defiant challenge to the competition to “come and get them!” Gloves complete the traditional Spartan headdress look. Armed with intensity and determination, MSU will fight on the battlefield until the last team is standing.
Wonder if King Leonidas can tackle Denard Robinson.
Anyway, the Michigan State unis remind me of something Oregon or Notre Dame would wear. I get the whole bronze thing, but this program is all about Green and White and I don't see enough white in the design. My guess is some of the Spartans players will like these threads, but they get too far away from the traditional Michigan State look.
The Ohio State uniforms are less of a shock, in part because we saw the Buckeyes look like this and this the past two seasons against Michigan. I like this year's scarlet jersey design and particularly the white numbers. While I'm not crazy about the gray sleeves or the massive scarlet stripe down the middle of the helmet, the "1961" inscription on the inner neckline, socks and sleeves is a nice touch. Same goes for the block "O" on the pant leg.
More importantly, Michigan State fans and Ohio State fans, what do you think of these uniforms?