The maize and blue of the Michigan Wolverines' football jerseys just got an exciting makeover for the 2012 Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Players will still don the three maize streaks atop the helmet. That is a nice bit of originality because, after all, if it isn't broken, don't fix it.
The shoulder pads get a nice coating of maize down to the end of the sleeves where an "M" lies on both shoulders. Blue lines separate the white midsection from the maize shoulders to provide even more contrast to the visually striking jersey.
A smaller "M" will be featured near the hip of the maize pants on the opposite side of the Adidas brand logo.
There's no question about the coolest part of these uniforms—the gloves. Unfortunately for non-skill position players, there won't be much use for them, but an interesting twist will be included for the September 1 game in Arlington.
From the wrist down, the first half of the top side of the gloves are blue, leading into maize-colored fingers. Lyrics from the university's fight song, "The Victors," cover the palm side of the Adizero gloves including the words, "Hail! To the Victors Valiant," among others.
Some longtime Michigan fans aren't going to be happy about these new jerseys, but a new age of college football brings a new age of flashy apparel.
While these specific uniforms will only be used for the game at Cowboys Stadium, MGoBlue.com reports that the program may look into creating an alternate bowl game jersey if the team does indeed play well enough for an invitation.
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Also per MGoBlue.com, the team's seniors and coaches had a say in what went into making this commemorative jersey. Player involvement was a smart touch, as it surely is motivating to wear a jersey that you helped design.
Even if your allegiance lies with the Ohio State Buckeyes, there's no denying that these are some of the hottest jerseys in college football today. This one-time deal is a much-needed switch-up from the bland, yet iconic, Michigan jerseys.