College Football Uniform Watch for Week 5
Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby said, "it's just going to be crazy" when the Buckeyes pull out their rivalry uniforms against Wisconsin this weekend in Columbus.
The Buckeyes aren't the only ones donning unique threads this weekend.
Virginia Tech kicked off the week with new helmets on Thursday and Louisiana Tech will follow suit on Saturday. Virginia will also be pulling out some different, but familiar, headgear for its ACC opener.
Elsewhere, two programs will be flooding their stadiums with color—one a gold rush and the other a maroon out.
Finally, coaches everywhere will be sporting armbands for a good cause, while Western Michigan will be sporting a classy gesture of its own after the passing of a member of the college football community.
Virginia Tech's Hokie Stone Helmet
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Virginia Tech revealed its brand new "Hokie Stone" helmet Thursday night in a 17-10 win over Georgia Tech.
The design is based off the limestone that is mined around Blacksburg and makes up much of Virginia Tech's campus.
The helmet also featured the VT shield symbol on the side.
While the idea seemed a bit ridiculous, they came out looking decent on the field and looked mostly gray from afar.
Louisiana Tech to Wear Stars and Stripes Helmet vs. Army
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As Paul Lukas of ESPN's Uni Watch pointed out before the season, Louisiana Tech will wear a "stars and stripes" helmet when it takes on Army in Dallas.
The game is the inaugural Heart of Dallas Classic at the Cotton Bowl, which will donate a portion of ticket sales to local military charities.
The two teams will kickoff at 4 p.m. EDT Saturday on Fox Sports 1.
Ohio State to Wear Rivalry Unis Against Wisconsin
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As reported by Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com, Ohio State will pull out its Nike "rivalry uniform" when it hosts Wisconsin.
OSU wore the same uniforms last year in a 26-21 win over Michigan.
It was a good look last time, as the uniforms are similar to the Buckeyes' regular uniforms but with a few stylistic tweaks.
The chrome helmets are the biggest difference and look great with green buckeye stickers on the sides.
The Buckeyes will take on Wisconsin, an Adidas school, at 8 p.m. Saturday on ABC.
UVA Orange Lids
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Virginia will break out its orange helmets once again this weekend.
The UVA equipment managers posted a shot of the orange lid on Instagram.
The Cavaliers have worn the flashy helmets before, including in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Pitt will host UVA at 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday on ESPN for the Wahoos' ACC opener.
WVU Gold Rush vs. Oklahoma State
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West Virginia will have its sixth annual "gold rush" game when it hosts Oklahoma State this weekend.
Though it hasn't been officially announced, it is assumed that the Mountaineers will be sporting their gold helmets, jerseys and pants as well.
Oklahoma State hasn't announced its uniforms for the game.
The two Big 12 foes will kick off at 12 p.m. EDT from Morgantown on ESPN.
Arizona State Maroon Out
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Arizona State will be hosting USC with a maroon out, and the Sun Devils will wear all maroon everything.
The ASU equipment twitter feed even posted a picture of the maroon socks that the team will wear in Tempe.
The Sun Devils will host USC at 10:30 p.m EDT on ESPN2.
Coach to Cure MD
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The American Football Coaches Association has partnered with the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in a Coach to Cure MD campaign.
Coaches nationwide will be wearing Coach to Cure MD armbands Saturday to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects young boys.
Western Michigan's Classy Gesture
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Western Michigan doesn't play Cincinnati this or any other week this season, but that won't stop the Broncos from honoring a fallen Bearcat.
UC lineman Ben Flick died in a car accident last Saturday.
The Bearcats have a bye this week, but WMU will be in action against Kent State and will wear a Cincinnati decal on its helmets.
UC athletic director Whit Babcock tweeted an image of a WMU helmet with a UC logo, thanking the Bronco football program for its support.
The Broncos will host the Golden Flashes at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN3.
More Noble Helmet Decals
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Matt Lombardi of CollegeSpun pointed out a pair of helmet decals worn by LSU and Virginia Tech this weekend.
The Hokies wore a "430" sticker on their "Hokie Stone" lids to honor the 430 VT alumni who have given their lives for our country.
Meanwhile, LSU will wear a "PD" decal on its helmets when it takes on Georgia this weekend to honor the passing of former Tigers coach Paul Dietzel.
Dietzel coached the Tigers from 1955-1961, claiming one national title. He later served as the athletic director at LSU. He passed away this week at age 89.
North Carolina's Military Appreciation Helmets
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North Carolina will be joining a number of other teams with a nod to the military.
The Tar Heels will don some awesome stars and stripes helmets when they take on ECU Saturday.
UNC tweeted out a picture of the helmets, as well as the patriotic endzone paint that will be seen at Kenan Stadium.
UNC and ECU will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. EDT.