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Two new Big Ten helmets were introduced to the college football world in Week 8 action Saturday. There was Michigan State’s HydroChrome lid and Northwestern’s matte black shell. Here’s a running gallery, in chronological order, of the new helmets we’ve seen so far during the 2012 season.
And here we were thinking Northwestern was just wearing an all-black uniform for today’s big-time Legends Division battle with Nebraska. As it turns out, the Wildcats also have a new matte back helmet, which features a massive Wildcat. Here’s the team’s usual helmet.
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It was rumored to happen Saturday at Michigan, and it’s official: Michigan State is wearing new HydroChrome helmets for this afternoon’s rivalry game. Watch a quick video of the new helmet that we grabbed from our exclusive BTN Field Pass camera that was live from Michigan Stadium prior to kickoff.
We’re just a couple weeks away from the official tip of the 2012-13 college basketball season. With three teams ranked in the top 5 of the preseason Coaches Poll, the Big Ten is expected to be the nation’s premier conference. But before the season tips, Clothes Call wanted to take a look at some of the uniform changes Big Ten fans can expect to see this season.
Northwestern, as expected, unveiled its new Under Armour basketball uniform Wednesday. Unlike the school’s new football jerseys, it doesn’t feature the Northwestern Stripe across the numbers. That’s a bit of a surprise, considering Under Armour placed it on the team’s practice jersey.
It will be a blackout Saturday at Ryan Field for Northwestern’s highly anticipated tussle with Nebraska. The Wildcats, who last week wore black pants on the road for the first time this season, announced Monday that they will debut a new black Under Armour jersey and sport an all-black uniform this week.
How are you carving your pumpkin this Halloween? A couple of dedicated Ohio State fans may have an idea for you. During the Ohio State-Indiana game on Saturday night, BTN cameras spotted two Buckeye fans wearing pumpkins on their heads that they carved and decorated as Ohio State helmets. It was pretty awesome. Check out the picture in this post.
Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood is a powerful runner, and he showed it Saturday afternoon. In the second quarter of Minnesota’s home game against Northwestern, Kirkwood delivered such a blow to a defender that his helmet decal came flying off. It’s something you have to see to believe. Watch the rare equipment malfunction now.
Nike Pro Combat uniforms are nothing new to college football. But college basketball, that would be something we’ve never seen. According to Diamond Leung, of MLive.com, the Spartans may became “either the first or one of the first teams chosen to wear Nike Pro Combat basketball uniforms this season.”
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke recently bought 50 ChuckStrong T-shirts that he and his coaching staff will wear to Saturday’s game against Illinois. The Indianapolis Colts created the shirts last week to raise money for charity in support of their first-year head coach Chuck Pagano, who is on leave while he battles leukemia.
We’re always interested in the latest fashion trends across the Big Ten, and it’s of particular interest every Saturday during the fall. On Saturday, one of our show producers noticed something rather interesting about Michigan’s uniform for its Big Ten opener at Purdue.
Hardcore sports fans will show their allegiance on just about anything. That includes caskets. How can we forget this memorable – and creepy – Ohio State one? And thanks to first-year Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles, we have a Nebraska-themed casket – sans corpse, luckily.
Purdue fans were not sold on the new logo Nike recently gave the school’s athletic teams. That being the case, they may have an issue with the basketball team’s new uniform. They shouldn’t be surprised, though, considering the football team’s 2012 duds feature the updated train.
Nike outfitted Ohio State with Pro Combat uniforms for its games against Michigan in 2009 and 2010. So when an Ohio State journalism student tweeted pictures of what he said was a Nike Pro Combat uniform for this year’s game, it got our attention. Ohio State’s response? It told me it has not announced anything with regard to any uniform change for a game in 2012.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team will close down the Bob Devaney Center in new uniforms this season. @NUequipment tweeted a picture of the team’s new jersey Monday, and it looks a lot like Michigan’s new duds – err do Michigan’s look like Nebraska’s?
The Michigan men’s basketball team will try to defend its 2011-12 Big Ten championship in new uniforms this season. Michigan unveiled its new adidas threads Monday afternoon at Crisler Center.
Losers of two of its last three, the Illinois football team is going with a new look for Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Penn State. It’s a combination the program has never worn, and it includes a new blue matte helmet, an orange jersey and blue pants.
Add a Twitter hashtag to the growing list of new features we’ll see during Saturday’s highly anticipated Wisconsin-Nebraska Big Ten opener. That’s right, “#Huskers” has been added to the field at Memorial Stadium. And the hashtag should get plenty of play on the social media site, what with the two teams wearing much-talked-about adidas alternate uniforms and special cleats.
We knew it was coming. After all, we’ve seen it on every Big Ten football jersey and field this season. Heck, we even saw it added to the floor of Indiana’s iconic Assembly Hall. Now, we have visual proof of the “B1G” patch on a Big Ten basketball jersey.
Not a fan of the adidas alternate uniforms Wisconsin and Nebraska will wear Saturday night? Perhaps you’ll like the footwear more. On Friday, adidas announced the Badgers and Huskers’ black adiZero cleats will turn silver under the lights of Memorial Stadium.
Saturday night’s Wisconsin-Nebraska Big Ten opener didn’t need a gimmick to prove it was a big game. There’s one anyway, thanks to adidas and its inaugural “Unrivaled Game,” an annual matchup of top adidas programs. The company has dubbed the tilt, “The Quick and the Red,” and, as we’ve reported (Nebraska & Wisconsin), the two teams will wear new alternate uniforms.
If you’ve watched Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State or Purdue basketball recently, you may have noticed their jerseys have a large, yet faint, design on the back. It’s a Nike thing, and it’s called the Aerographic design. Add Minnesota to the club. Sophomore Joe Coleman tweeted a picture of the new jersey Wednesday.
How about that? We’re still days away from the Michigan-Notre Dame game, and Wolverine fans already have hit up Notre Dame Stadium. Thanks to @stephenjnesbitt, we have visual proof of it. Evidently, Michigan fans placed a blue “Beat the Irish” banner on the stadium, facing Touchdown Jesus.
Under Armour is serious about the Northwestern Stripe, which it pasted on Northwestern’s new football uniforms prior to the season. It’s other places, too (here and here). And, as @NUMensBball tweeted Monday, it’s also on the men’s basketball practice jerseys.
Six national titles. Eleven conference tournament championships. Twelve Frozen Fours. The Wisconsin men’s hockey team has had no shortage of success during its existence. To honor its great history and its 50th anniversary season in the modern era, Wisconsin will wear a commemorative patch on the left shoulder of its sweater this upcoming season.