In the occasional effort to be avant-garde in the football fashion world, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be decked out in white pants and white jerseys with scarlet numbers – alternate uniforms designed by Nike that also include cold weather-beating elements -- when they take the field for The Game at Michigan on Saturday.
An Ohio State spokesman said that the primary reason for the new uniforms is to stay cutting edge in a realm in which teams across the nation now wear something different on occasion, Oregon being the poster program of that movement which also is believed to have positive effects in recruiting.
“Our players really enjoy wearing these different uniforms from time to time,” OSU spokesman Jerry Emig said.
The Buckeyes will wear the same chrome-based helmets with the wide scarlet stripe and other enhancements, that they wore for the first time with alternate uniforms in The Game last year, a victory over Michigan that capped a 12-0 season, just the sixth unbeaten-untied season in school history.
They wore those same outfits and helmets in the in prime-time wins over Wisconsin and Penn State this year.