Today is College Colors Day, the day when people across the nation dress in their college school colors to celebrate the beginning of a new college football season. To be fair, the season kicked off Thursday night, with Indiana and Minnesota rolling to victories, and it continues tonight. But it’s all about celebrating that first Saturday of the season on the last work day of the week.
With kickoff less than a week away, coupled with the fact Northwestern and Wisconsin both just unveiled new alternate helmets, it’s time to take one last look at all the different uniform and helmet designs we’ll see in the Big Ten this fall. See my updated roundup, first compiled at media days, in this post. Did I miss something? Tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina).
Northwestern’s already vast helmet collection is growing. On Thursday, the Wildcats unveiled a white alternate lid that they will wear in the season opener at Cal. The new helmet brings Northwestern’s collection to five.
The Wisconsin football team unveiled a new alternate helmet Thursday that it will wear in Week 2 vs. Tennessee Tech and, possibly, for other games this season. The Badgers revealed the helmet to the players in a YouTube video that is included at the bottom of this post.
Ohio State hockey players have spoken, and they are fans of the school’s Buckeye Leaves. One look at the team’s new alternate jersey is all the proof one needs. The Buckeyes’ new sweater, voted upon by current and former players and unveiled Wednesday, features the popular logo all over it.
A season ago, Big Ten football and basketball fans had to get used to seeing the “B1G” logo on their teams’ sacred playing surfaces. The conference made the logo mandatory on all football fields, basketball courts and jerseys, and now it’s implementing the same rule across other sports. Like hockey.
Late on this , but Iowa State recently announced it will sport throwback uniforms when it hosts Iowa on Sept. 14. A season ago, if you remember, Iowa wore throwbacks vs. the Cyclones at Kinnick Stadium.
That was quick. Two days after Jay Bilas took to Twitter to call out the NCAA as hypocritical, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Thursday afternoon that the NCAA will stop selling the individual jerseys of players on its website.
For a change, people are excited about Nebraska basketball. It’s easy to see why, too, what with Tim Miles’ track record and gregarious personality, and a young nucleus headlined by sophomore Shavon Shields. And then there’s the state-of-the-art Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska’s new $179 million home this winter.
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A month ago, pictures surfaced of Ohio State football jerseys that featured Buckeye Leaves on the back of the collar. There was some question about the authenticity, though, and at the time a school spokesman told BTN.com that the team had no updates regarding uniforms.
There are some ridiculous facemasks out there. Like this one, this one and this one. Ari Wasserman, of the Buckeye Sports Bulletin, was at Ohio State’s facility for an instructional clinic Thursday, when he noticed a unique Ohio State-themed facemask. Luckily, he tweeted a picture of it.
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No matter how you feel about today’s numerous football helmet designs, you will enjoy ESPN.com’s feature on one of the guys responsible for all of the craze, statement-making looks.
With kickoff to the football season just a month away, we’re giving fans a look at the conference’s 2013 team posters. See the released Big Ten posters now, including Michigan’s 3D one, in this post. The missing posters will be added once the teams have released them.
Future Big Ten member Rutgers is retiring its first football jersey number. On Sept. 14, the Scarlet Knights will retire Eric LeGrand’s No. 52 at High Point Solutions Stadium. LeGrand, a former defensive tackle, was paralyzed when he broke two vertebrae while making a tackle on a kickoff return in an October 2010 game.
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The turf at Memorial Stadium isn’t the only new surface Nebraska players will have under their feet for the 2013 season. There’s also new carpet in the team’s upgraded locker room. And, in the middle of the room, the carpet has an outline of a football that includes Nebraska’s “N” logo. It’s a cool touch to a first-class locker room.
CHICAGO – There’s no better time or place to get an up-close look at the latest changes to Big Ten uniforms and helmets than at the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Teams deck out their designated areas with all of the latest, greatest threads and equipment. Take a look at all the new looks the Big Ten will debut this season in this post.
Believe it or not, BTN is about to cover its seventh Big Ten football season. That’s a good chunk of time. It’s an eternity nowadays, as far as uniforms are concerned. Home to some of college football’s most iconic looks (Michigan and Penn State, to name a couple), the Big Ten has experienced its share of aesthetic changes since 2007.
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Nebraska installed new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium this offseason, and all reports indicate it looks terrific. The new surface also will include a nod to former legendary coach and athletic director Tom Osborne. This fall, the Huskers are putting “Tom Osborne Field” on the white edges of the east and west sidelines.
What’s better than your typical Big Ten football uniform power ranking? A uniform ranking decided by 12 Big Ten writers, that’s what. BTN.com recently asked a writer for every school to rank the conference’s uniforms, from 1-12. We asked the writers to consider the uniforms as a whole, factoring in home, away, alternate(s) and helmet(s).
The guys over at LostLettermen.com ranked the nation’s top 10 Most Iconic College Football Uniforms, and no one will be surprised to hear the Big Ten had quite the representation. One-third of the conference landed on the list, in fact, paced by Michigan, at No. 3.
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Nebraska will don a new adidas TECHFIT alternate uniform for its home game vs. UCLA on Sept. 14, the company and the Huskers announced Tuesday.