The Ohio State Buckeyes are only one win away from going undefeated for the first time since the 2002 season. The only team that is standing in the way happens to be a hated rival in the Michigan Wolverines, who will travel to Ohio Stadium this weekend.
The Buckeyes aren't only looking to make history on Saturday—they hope to do so in style, as the school has confirmed a new uniform for the big game, according to Jason Priestas of ElevenWarriors.com.
This new look has been designed by Nike and will look to provide a good luck charm for a team that is looking to run the table during the 2012 regular season.
With rivalry week quickly approaching, let's break down this new uniform and hand out the grades.
Ohio State will wear its scarlet jersey that will feature gigantic gray numbers on the front, back and on the shoulder pads. The increased size in the numbers is actually a tribute to the 1968 Buckeyes national championship team, according to Tim May of Buckeye Extra.
What really makes this jersey stand out are the black, white and scarlet stripes on the sleeve. The black all the way down the arm really makes the overall look of the jersey pop and adds a little bit of an intimidating factor to the whole thing.
According to a source, via theozone.net, the jersey is also made of special material.
“Now, the only thing pro combat is the cut of the jersey (flywire, etc). It is the style which the NFL just switched to this year," the source said.
Seven Buckeye leaves will be placed on the back color, while a Block "O" will be seen on the front.
Overall, you can't be mad with this jersey because it really came out cleaner than you would expect from a new uniform.
Much like the pants of the uniform, the helmet will also display a much wider stripe in the middle, which again is a tribute to that great 1968 championship squad. The lid will also feature a chrome look similar to what we have seen Oregon wear recently, which should make it stand out in the sunlight.
Senior linebacker Etienne Sabino thinks the helmet is the best part of the new uniform, according to Tim May of Buckeye Extra.
When asked what his favorite part of the new look was, Sabino said, "Definitely the helmets. They’re a little different twist from what we’ve had in the past.”
The new hats may blind a few folks in the stands due to their shininess, but it is much better than some of the other helmet designs we have seen in the past (Notre Dame and Maryland).
This will be the third time in four years that the Buckeyes have worn a new design for the rivalry game against the Michigan Wolverines, so seeing a new look isn't that surprising.
I think in today's college football world, we are actually pleasantly surprised to see a well-designed look that doesn't make us lose our appetite on a Saturday afternoon.
The wow factor with this new wardrobe is the fact that it isn't that bad looking. The school just added a fresher look to its usual design.
This is something that I could see the Buckeyes wear on a regular basis and be able to get away with.
As said in previous slides, this uniform is basically a tribute to one of the best teams in program history. With that being said, it is kind of hard to break tradition with a look similar to the one that the Buckeyes had worn in the past.
The traditional colors of scarlet and gray weren’t really messed with; this is more of a classic look to one of the best uniforms in college football.
A few tweaks here and there have been added, such as larger numbers, wider stripes and a shiny helmet, but overall, traditionalists can't be mad with the new design. Ohio State fans don't need to riot or begin jumping out of buildings just yet.
There really isn't anything bad to say about this new uniform. It stuck to tradition and adds a little bit of style to one of the best rivalries in college football.
As long as it is visually palatable and the players like it, you really can't go wrong with a new look for three hours.
And according to Tim May of Buckeye Extra, the players are thrilled with what they will be wearing this Saturday. Senior safety Orhian Johnson said:
It is definitely exciting when you walk in that locker room and see a different uniform and you get to put it on. But once the ball gets kicked off, you are pretty much focused on your assignment…Then maybe after the game you might look at it a little bit more.
If it makes the players happy on the last game of the 2012 season and brings home a victory, you can't really complain about the wardrobe. It is nice on the eyes and one of the better looks we have seen during the regular season.