If you haven't heard by now, the Michigan Wolverines will take on the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend. This game is by far the biggest matchup of the Week 1 schedule and is sure to shake up the college football rankings.
We have a great quarterback matchup between A.J. McCarron and Denard Robinson and a fantastic head coaching battle between Nick Saban and Brady Hoke. But we also have something else that will make this game even more fascinating: new uniforms.
Michigan will debut these new uniforms that have been designed by Adidas tomorrow night, under the bright lights of Cowboys Stadium.
Let's refresh your memory and break this new look down before the Wolverines take the field.
The jersey received more of a modern look than the original that the Wolverines currently wear.
It is your typical white road jersey, but will feature maize from shoulder to shoulder and down to the sleeves. There will also be a block "M" that is located on both shoulder pads, while blue piping separates the white and maize from the rest of the jersey.
Overall, it is a nice little touch up, but nothing too much to drive Michigan fans off of a ledge.
If there is one thing that you don't mess with in college football, it is the helmet. The Michigan Wolverines have one of the more iconic looks in the sport and it looks like the school kept things very similar to the old look.
But as you look closer, you realize that there are no numbers on the helmet. However, there will be when the Wolverines take the field, and Michigan will later go back to the normal look after this contest. The numbers first appeared last season in the big game against Notre Dame, and the players liked them so much that they wanted to keep them throughout the year.
It will be interesting to see how this whole helmet issue plays out the rest of the season.
One of the coolest things about these new looks are usually the gloves. And while most gloves have an interlacing logo of the school, Michigan has decided to include “Hail to the Victors!” which, of course, are the historic words in the school's fight song.
The only disappointing part of the gloves is that if you aren't a receiver or defensive back, there is a good chance they won't be part of your wardrobe. But even when the Wolverines go back to their normal uniforms, the gloves are something that can stay forever.
While there isn't much of a drastic change to the look, these uniforms are certainly an improvement over what they wore last season.
Michigan has said that this will be the last alternate uniform of the year and it isn't a bad look to go out on. We have certainly seen much worse than what the Wolverines will be wearing this weekend.
Overall, it is a nice clean look that hopefully can somehow help this team overcome the overwhelming odds against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Players always talk about how great the new uniforms are and that if you look better, you play better. There aren't many changes to this new look, but it sure makes the players happy regardless (via mgoblue.com).
"From time to time, whether it's a regular-season or bowl game, our coaches and players enjoy an opportunity to choose an alternate jersey to wear," said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "The coaches and seniors have worked with Adidas to create something special for the season opener in Texas."
Michigan had luck winning its alternate uniform in last year's game against Notre Dame, scoring a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. The Wolverines also wore alternate uniforms in the BCS bowl game against Virginia Tech, which turned out just fine for them.
Maybe history repeats itself?
The Wolverines will certainly need more than luck to knock off the defending champions, but if the new uniforms can somehow give this team an advantage, I'm sure this is something that will stick around in Ann Arbor.