November 14th, 2018 at 1:13 PM ^

Totally agree that American football has its terminology and it should be used.

What I think is funny is that soccer haters in America get bothered when soccer fans use (English) soccer terminology for soccer!  People will be like, c'mon, we're not in England, it's a soccer game and a soccer field.

So do those same people think that American football played in England should use the terminology "match" and "pitch"?  If they were at NFL games in London next to a Brit calling it a pitch, they'd lose their sh*t. They'd be like, it's football so use football terms (no matter where the football is being played!

Well, that argument could be made for soccer being played in America.  It's fair to use the common terminology for the sport, no matter where it's being played.  People aren't being snobs when they call a soccer field a pitch.


November 14th, 2018 at 10:10 AM ^

Agreed, this is one game that should have the traditional uniforms, at all times, forever.

I mean, they all should really, but this game more than any other.

I want maize pants for this game.  And OSU really should bring back those gray sleeves permanently.  Like them a lot better than the red ones they have now.


November 14th, 2018 at 10:27 AM ^

I know this sentiment will probably be as well-received around here as a fart in church but I really like their uniforms a lot and would say they are easily the second-best in the B1G behind ours.  And gun to head I would probably admit I like their traditional road unis a bit better than ours.

I give my OSU buddies around here and all the Ohio sports people I follow on Twitter shit for OSU's seeming refusal to ever wear their "normal" jersey's when playing us anymore.  They started screwing around with them when they were beating up on RichRod and havent stopped since.


November 14th, 2018 at 3:12 PM ^

your point is pretty solid. I think you could argue the ND gold, the UCLA shoulder stripes, the bama/penn state solids and white, UM winged helmets are all pretty iconic. Every other team is just MEH...and like any U. blah. The winged helmet even more so copied directly by other programs and high schools.


November 14th, 2018 at 10:46 AM ^

Their uniforms are objectively good. Not as good as ours, but good. It's one of the things that's great about the rivalry--two great stadiums, two great bands, two great uniforms, two huge fanbases. (Only one ethical athletic department, but let's be positive for the time being). 

I've been quite annoyed by their alternate duds over the last decade or so. The classic Michigan-Ohio State look is as good as anything in the sport, and they've been messing with it. This year it will look good.

If the teams want to go radical, they should both wear their normal home jerseys. That would look great.


November 14th, 2018 at 10:51 AM ^

I actually agree with you.  My first game at the Big House was The Game and I thought their unis were pretty nice.  I would still prefer ours if we had the maize pants. 

Not sure why, but every time I see our white pants, it reminds of the RB from Florida that has an "accident" during the bowl game. 


November 14th, 2018 at 11:07 AM ^

I like our traditional road unis much better than theirs.  Meaning maize pants.

I also tend to like Iowa's look better than OSU's, when it comes to second-best in the conference.  Northwestern may be third, as long as they're wearing purple helmets with white Ns (I didn't like the cat-head logo they wore in our game this year.)

But the really neat thing about rivalry weekend games is that the uniforms just seem to fit like jigsaw puzzles, like they belong on the field together in a way that other matchups do not.  Screwing that up with alternate uniformzz crap is a sacrilege.


November 14th, 2018 at 11:53 AM ^

The maize pants had become highlighter yellow pants, our road jerseys had gone through several different irritating alterations with different kinds of stripes, piping, etc.  They were a shit show, and there was nothing traditional about them.  There were a couple of years under Hoke where not all players even had the same uniform. 

I think Harbaugh went to white just to scrap all of that shit and just get back to "a traditional" look even if it was not "Michigan's traditional look."  I think we could see the maize pants worn every now and then on the road like last year against Penn State but compared to the road BS that Michigan was sporting for almost every year under Adidas the current uniforms are a stark upgrade.

Reggie Dunlop

November 14th, 2018 at 12:01 PM ^

It's funny, I actually was on board when Adidas started going highlighter with the maize. That was around the time when Oregon went bonkers and everybody started getting loose with their uniforms. The loud maize was a fun change for those times.

And I'm glad that's done. Neat fad. Now back to a standard yellow color and I'm more than content.

I don't know what Harbaugh's reasoning was. Maybe he fell in love with the all-white look from his playing days in Indianapolis or coaching Stanford. Either way, it's the one thing on which I disagree with coach. Give me that Penn State look from last year every single time.


November 14th, 2018 at 12:15 PM ^

I agree that all the road jersey frippery (not to mention the ugly-ass alternatzz we were subjected to) was becoming a shit-show.  But white pants were around for such a short time in the 70s that it seems to me they should go in the same "experimental frippery" category.  Even if the color shade slightly changed, that's not the same as wearing different colors entirely.

Jim Harbaugh was 10 when they put white pants on.  I think the white pants are really nothing more than a reflection of the fact that's what we happened to wear during his very formative years.


November 14th, 2018 at 10:14 AM ^

Better wear sliver gloves for the DB's..

Ohio State’s throwback uniform will follow the same design as that worn during the Buckeyes’ run to the 2014 national title (and as an alternate during the 2015 and 2016 seasons), but on the Vapor Untouchable template instead of Mach Speed.

— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) November 14, 2018