Earlier this season, Michigan wore special uniforms against Notre Dame for the first night game at Michigan Stadium (see the uniform!) and did so again when it played at rival Michigan State (see the uniform!), so it should come as no surprise it will unveil another alternate jersey for the Sugar Bowl. Adidas recently designed several new “Legacy”-type Michigan duds and the Wolverine seniors selected their favorite style (see AnnArbor.com’s story & detailed portrait!), which they will wear next month against Virginia Tech, the school confirmed Tuesday.
First impression: I like it. It looks similar to Michigan’s usual road uniform, only there is an “M” on the right chest and shoulder stripes on the shoulders, plus the Sugar Bowl logo, which would be somewhere on the jersey anyway, on the left chest.
Come to think of it, the Wolverines have been all about facelifts, both minor and major, in Brady Hoke’s first season. Also against Notre Dame earlier this year, Michigan added player numbers to its helmets, something Hoke decided to keep for the entire season after the players liked it. They also wore gray facemasks against the Irish and will do the same in the Sugar Bowl, according to a news release, despite the artist rendering.
Michigan plays Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at 8:30 p.m. ET Jan. 3, 2012. See our entire 2011-12 bowl schedule.