Some things never change in college football. Oregon’s choice of uniform is not one of them.
The Ducks are as well known for their eccentric colors and dozens of uniform styles as they are for their high-powered offense. On Jan. 3 during the Fiesta Bowl, fans will be treated to both.
Oregon is set to take on quarterback Collin Klein and the Kansas State Wildcats in what is sure to be an exciting shootout between two of the best offenses in the country. Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 2,511 yards and 30 touchdowns this season, and added almost 700 rushing yards to one of the best rushing attacks in the country.
Senior Kenjon Barner had an exceptional season as well. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry en route to a 1,624-yard, 21-touchdown season. With Mariota and Barner at full strength, Oregon has one of the most dangerous offenses in the nation.
Oregon’s spread, zone-read offense is flashy and it seems the Ducks want to match their playing style with some gaudy uniforms for the Fiesta Bowl:
They may not be for everyone, but Oregon’s uniforms make a statement—something the Ducks hope to do with their play on Jan. 3.
Oregon looked to be well on their way to the national championship game with 10-straight wins to start the season. The Ducks fielded the No. 2 rushing offense and No. 2 scoring offense in the country, and Oregon posted no less than 42 points in a game during that 10-game stretch.
Oregon’s title hopes were smashed on Nov. 17, though, in a game that featured a hard-nosed Stanford defense that held the Ducks to just 14 points in the overtime loss. It was the same day Kansas State was trounced by an unranked Baylor team desperately in need of a win, setting the table for one of the best matchups we will see during the college football bowl season.
The Ducks travel to the desert with a lot to prove. They were passed over for a national championship shot for an Alabama team that also lost late in the season. After a disappointing loss to Auburn in the 2011 national championship game, Oregon has another shot to prove it can hang with some of the best teams in the country.
The Ducks’ uniforms may detract from some of the more serious hype surrounding their Fiesta Bowl matchup, but it’s their play that will solidify them as one of the best teams in college football this season.