Michigan unveils alternate football uniform for Alabama game, says it'll wear standard look rest of season
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The Wolverines released on Monday evening the first uniform mock-ups for their Cowboys Classic matchup against the defending national champion Crimson Tide.
The look closely resembles what the Wolverines wore on the road against Michigan State last year, although there are some minor differences, including maize pants and a solid maize stripe from shoulder to shoulder.
Michigan wore pronounced maize and blue shoulder stripes against the Spartans last year, a look that received mixed reviews. The uniform was toned down in the team's Sugar Bowl version.
This look seems to be a mash-up of the two.
Blue piping separates the maize from the white, and there's a blue block "M" on the left and right sleeves of the jersey. The numbers are in blue.
Michigan also will wear gloves that feature the lyrics to the school's fight song.
“The players and staff like the commemorative jersey that Adidas presented for the Alabama game,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. “The players really enjoyed the legacy and bowl uniforms that were worn last season.”
The Wolverines also announced they will wear helmet numbers against Alabama, as they did down the stretch last year, but then scrap them for the rest of the season.
They said in a release this will be their only alternate look of the regular season, which means they probably will wear four total combos including a bowl game appearance.
Michigan wore six versions last year, but athletic director Dave Brandon said this offseason he hoped to scale back that number. He appears to be delivering on his word.
“From time to time, whether it’s a regular season or bowl game, our coaches and players enjoy an opportunity to choose an alternate jersey to wear,” Brandon said in a release. “The coaches and seniors have worked with Adidas to create something special for the season opener in Texas.”