Michigan is set to wear special jerseys for the “Under the Lights” game against Penn State on Oct. 11, the school announced over the weekend. It’s the first all-blue look in Michigan’s 135 year-history.
From MGoBlue.com:The University of Michigan football program and its official provider, adidas, unveiled Friday (Aug. 8) the new “Go Blue” TECHFIT football uniform the Wolverines will wear for the night game against Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Michigan Stadium. Student-athletes and members of the football program provided input to adidas on the uniform design.The first head-to-toe blue look in school history, this new look draws inspiration from the university’s past uniforms. The jersey and pants feature metallic blue, laser-cut stripes that shine under the lights while ultra-light, no-sew metallic numbers stretch with the jersey, and the compression base layer features the Michigan “M” on the bicep and “GO BLUE” across the chest. Michigan’s new uniform also incorporates TECHFIT Shockweb technology. The adidas TECHFIT Shockweb uniform is the only true compression uniform system in the industry. Shockweb fits tighter to the body, making players more difficult to tackle. TECHFIT Shockweb is lighter, helping to make the player fast and increasing his range of motion, to support the athlete’s performance at the highest levels.
Michigan is doing it up for its first night Big Ten home game in school history. The uniforms have stripes on the shoulder and on the numbers, with “Go Blue” across the gloves.
This isn’t the first time a team has worn an alternate jersey when taking on the Nittany Lions. In fact, four different teams have worn different variations of their uniforms against Penn State over the last two years.
Ohio started the trend in Bill O’Brien’s first game as head coach in 2012. The Bobcats wore a matte green helmet, as opposed to its traditional glossy white ones.
Eastern Michigan continued the trend, wearing a matte gray helmet in 2013.
Indiana wore special breast cancer awareness helmets during the month of October last year, using a pink “IU” symbol on its helmets instead of its traditional cream color.
Finally, Ohio State wore special Nike jerseys against Penn State in last year’s game at the Horseshoe. The most noticeable difference is the silver numbers, as opposed to the normal white numbers. The helmets were also metallic silver instead of normal gray.
Strangely enough, the Nittany Lions have lost three of the four games in which the other team has worn alternate uniforms in the last two years. Hopefully, the team can turn that trend around against the Wolverines under the lights.