Ohio State uniform changes for Sugar Bowl revealed
Nike caused a stir Tuesday with the release of what the company terms "enhanced" looks for the four teams that will play in the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State’s entry is a scarlet jersey with white numbers on the front and back along with gray and white stripes on the sleeve that will remind Buckeye fans of what their favorite team wore the last time it won the national championship, 2002. Additionally, black numbers on the shoulders recall the jerseys Ohio State wore in 1968 (another national championship season) and again in 1993 as a tribute to the ’68 squad.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) December 9, 2014
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) December 9, 2014
New Nike Uniform for our playoff game 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/cq6Yym317b
— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) December 9, 2014
There’s a catch, though, and it’s a big one: Urban Meyer’s team won’t be wearing that scarlet jersey against Alabama because the Buckeyes are the visiting team in the Sugar Bowl, something an Ohio State spokesman confirmed to FOX Sports Ohio. Nike’s news release mentions there being home and away versions of each uniform, but it only included pictures of the home versions for each team.
The Buckeyes will have new shoes, gloves and a "Nike Pro Combat Hypercool baselayer" that is said to be designed to pay homage to Woody Hayes — the head coach of the ’68 national champions — by featuring a reproduction of some of his writings from a chalkboard that has been preserved by Ohio State.
Coolest college football playoff uniform baselayer? Ohio State. Writing from Woody's last chalkboard sessions pic.twitter.com/7HcA2oDALI
— Drren Rvell (@darrenrovell) December 9, 2014