When you have one of the most anticipated BCS Championship Games ever with two programs as prestigious as Alabama and Notre Dame, it is only appropriate that you have specialized jerseys befitting such an event.
Nike, which is the official athletic sponsor for the University of Alabama, has unveiled the newest version of its Pro Combat Uniforms for the Crimson Tide.
Here is the official description of the Nike Pro Combat Hypercool Uniform, from Nike's website:
The Crimson Tide uniforms will be upgraded to include Nike Chain Maille Mesh -- a lightweight, ultra-breathable material that emphasizes improved thermoregulation. This new fabrication is incorporated into the back and under the arms of the jersey for exceptional ventilation without sacrificing durability...
Alabama will also wear the new Nike Pro Combat Hypercool Speed Top featuring Nike Dri-Fit fabrication that transports moisture and sweat from the skin to the outside of the top, leaving the body cool and dry.
Even more than the game itself, what a team is wearing on the field has become a huge part of the fun in watching college football. The Oregon Ducks started the trend with their mixture of bright and bold colors each week, but more and more programs are jumping on the bandwagon.
For a program like Alabama, which has such rich tradition and has used the same color scheme for so long, trying to make drastic changes to the jersey would result in serious fan backlash that wouldn't benefit anyone.
To Nike's credit, it doesn't try to change anything about the Crimson Tide look. It opts instead to upgrade the quality of the material in order to make the white and crimson on the jersey pop out even more.
In addition to the new jerseys, Alabama players will also be wearing new gloves that provide more grip coverage than the old models. The BCS Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame takes place on Monday, Jan. 7.