First Look: 2010 Ohio State Pro Combat Uniforms

By Jason Priestas on August 31, 2010 at 9:02p

For the second year in a row1, we're thrilled to offer you the first glimpse of the Nike Pro Combat uniforms the Buckeyes will be wearing against Michigan to end the regular season. While the team wore away uniforms honoring the 1954 championship team in a 21-10 win in Ann Arbor last season, they will rock scarlet tops this year as a tribute to the 1942 championship team featuring Les Horvath (who wore #22 in the same style depicted above), Charles Csuri and others. Csuri, the MVP of the '42 squad at tackle, and professor Emeritus at OSU's Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design, will "help deliver the uniform's unique story" at an event in New York City tomorrow per a Nike press release. Further, the helmets will feature a decal representing the Bronze Star Csuri earned from the Battle of the Bulge.

2010 Ohio State Nike Pro Combat Uniform Closeup

2010 Ohio State Nike Pro Combat Bottoms

Personally, I love the dark gray (and Block O) on the pants. They appear similar to those worn last season, yet darker and without the red stripes.  The helmets will likely cause some consternation amongst the diehards, but to be fair, the teams from that era wore scarlet helmets (see Horvath link above).  I'd even go out on a limb and say the jerseys look an order of magnitude better than the models we saw last season, but that could just be my sentiment. Oh, and as for the camouflage mentioned in today's release that had so many of you freaking out? As Ramzy correctly pointed out earlier, it will be incorporated into the base layer (worn under the jersey).

Your thoughts?

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Matt's picture

Nike almost pulled it off, until they include that Douchebag Alabama red helmet.  Was that just a screw you, we can do what we want and we know it, so here's a red helmet?  Jesus.

buckeye56's picture

They chose a red helmet because in 1942, albeit leather, the helmets were solid scarlet.

flipbuckeye's picture

Not a fan of the helmet either, but overall better than last year's I guess.

Troy0782's picture

They're definitely not as bad as I was dreading they would be. I think last year's uniforms were better but overall not bad. I almost feel the helmets from last year should've been used. The red helmets with the red jerseys is just too much.

Matt's picture

Also Bob Huggins is the "distinguished representative" for WVU and Michael Irvin for Miami.  OSU chooses war hero they choose...that...tis most delicious

BuckeyeChief's picture

WTF? Distinguished rep? Irvin and Huggins???? Nobody from the U or WVU to better rep? Not hatin' on either but Huggins did his damage at Cinci, and Irvin? They could have done someone else. Sean Taylor maybe?

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Nevermind as I am a complete dumb ass. I thought they meant honoring the rep. with the jersey style.

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Dubsco's picture

Regardless of what anyone's personal feelings on Irvin are, dude is THE U. That football program wouldn't be what it is today without him. I Like that we went old school and decided to honor a war-vet, but Nike would have made a huge mistake with anyone other than Irvin.

ryanosu03's picture

I wonder if they will put the buckeye stickers on the helmets

OSUStu's picture

Doubtful, I believe there were no stickers last year.

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Denny's picture

Absolutely love the lettering. The helmet is "eh", but the top/pant combo is gonna look quite sexy.

Wish they would have kept the longer sleeves with the three stripes to be consistent with the era, though.


BuckeyeChief's picture

Still not running the Rock and Roll? looks like a good choice, and I am wondering if it will happen or not w/ Hurricane Earl headed this way.

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Denny's picture

I don't have anything on my scheddy as of right now - thinking about the HAT 50k north of Baltimore in March. As of right now I'm nowhere near marathon shape (or half shape, really).  How about you?


BuckeyeChief's picture

Rnr, then I'll finish up my Grand Prox season w/ 3 more races. I am also throwing in an 8K in December. I tanked my training to redo my kitchen so I am gonna be sucking wind on Sunday!

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Troy0782's picture

It'd be cool if they could incorporate the three stripes onto the dri-fit long sleeve under shirts they wear, that way it would look consistent with the era but would still be functional. 

Ian_InsideTheShoe's picture

You're all going to hate me, but I like last years, but not this years.

OHIOinME's picture

So where's the camouflage-print base layer?  I'd assume the base layer is a type of undergarment, think an Under Armor type shirt.  Typically the base layer helps control body heat and perspiration.  shir ?  B..   

What the hell is up with the 2010 throwback RED helmet?  How many helmets in '42 had face masks?

andyr78's picture

The jersey and pants are good.  Could do without the all red helmet.

buckeyedude's picture

Seems like about 90 to 95% against the all-red helmet. Put a wide, black stripe down it or something!



OSUStu's picture

I could go for a gray stripe that is the same color as the pants and sleeve stripe.  However, I am a fan of that rear decal.

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741's picture

Pretty dope. I like the back story a lot.

Denny's picture

Yea on second glance-through, I dig the decal on the back of the helmet to go along with the back story. With or without buckeye decals, they're pretty dope.


Brady's picture

They actually look pretty cool.  I am still firmly against wearing them during the Michigan game.  The pants are awesome with the block O.


AK's picture

Agreed, neither generation of these uniforms looks that bad standing alone, but it's stupid that they wear them against Michigan.  I realize that Michigan is an Adidas school, but I can't see how that makes much difference.

Shock-G's picture

I know I am in the minority but I liked the unis last season and I like these too. I even bought, mind you this is my first jersey ever, a Pro combat Sanzenbacher jersey just this summer.

I wanna go back to Ohio State ... 

buckeyedude's picture

I was hoping for leather helmets, but I guess that is not in the plans.

Just imagine how intimidating that would be to opposing teams!



Olentangy's picture

i feel like this uni is one helmet design away from being awesome. it's a solid uniform but not big complaints.

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

Meh? I guess they are better than last year. The colors will really stick out. I just don't like doing it again scUM!

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Bucksfan's picture

Whelp, brings a whole new literal meaning to "men of the Scarlet and Gray."  I mean, that looks pretty much exactly like what they wore in 1942, so at least it's accurate.  And, why not honor the history and tradition?  We spend so much of our time bragging about it, why should we get peeved when they do something to show it off?

I think it's cool.  Go Buckeyes!'s picture

red helmets =  angry tomatoes !


thePhilipJFry's picture

Excited about these, I've done a complete 180 after seeing how good the uniforms looked last season.

gbm's picture

I dig them, there is nothing I don't love about them. Love the story that goes along with it other than hey this looks cool, buy this different jersey.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Do we know when we will get to see the real uni's in a picture?

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

I see Spiderman Underoos in the jersey.  Not sure why that doesn't bother me.

Alex's picture

As long as we beat TSUN who cares right?

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I don't hate these. In fact, I sort of like them. They even look like the 1942 unis, unlike throwbacks to the future.

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MFA Buckeye's picture

I think these look badass, even the helmets. I agree it's a bit lame that we keep doing this against TSUN, but I could handle this for one game a year if it were closer to the middle of the season. The pants are especially kick ass. I think they'll make us look a little like football playing robots. And I can't think of a team out there that could score on a team comprised of robots.

Bucksfan's picture

I think what looked the worst from last year's throwbacks were the socks:

As long as they stay away from whatever that was, it'll look pretty sweet.

buckeyejonross's picture

i disagree the socks were excellent. the same socks this year would make the jerseys really cool. i have to say i am all for exact replica throwbacks, against michigan or whoever. i am just glad we arent doing something really douchey like va tech. this at least is a past uniform.

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ourhonordefend's picture

I tend to agree with the red helmet seeming to be too much. But when you are honoring tradition you have to go all out! I think once we see what they look like in person they will surprise us...

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ERIC OSU's picture

I like the lettering alot, the red helmets ehhhh.. w/e. All I want to do is celebrate along side these jersey's on the field en route to a national championship.

The Iron Colonel's picture

I have to say, I'm not a fan of the piping. Other than that, they look pretty solid. The 1942 uni's were sharp, and I'm glad that they didn't mess with that look  too much.

Northbrook's picture

My thoughts on the unis? Ask Blackwell.

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yrro's picture

I just hope the jerseys actually fit this year. I swear that we lost some yards last Michigan game from giving them a big flapping tent to grab onto for tackles.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm relieved about them hiding the camouflage under the jersey, but that raises the question: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it . . . er, I mean, aren't the camos supposed to help hide the players, not the other way around? It's sort of like hiding a cameleon underneath a peacock.  

E-roc's picture

Couldn't they have put one giant Buckeye stickers on one side of the helmets?

Whereas last year's uni's had an edgier feel (variety of colors, stripes, etc.) this year's looks pretty bland on paper and it reminds me of a poor high school team's uniform (or a jersey you can design on Madden 'XX). I appreciate that Nike is "paying" (LOL... getting paid!!!) tribute to Mr. Horvath and the 1942 team, this is 2010 and they could've added a few more wrinkles to spice up the 1942 design bit.

At the end of the day, who cares what our players are wearing while they're kicking scUM's a$$ <--- two more $$'s in honor of Nike..

Buckeye Black's picture

Give that uniform the Silver helmet and it would be awesome.  The all red helmet just looks too junior varsity.

Max's picture

I don't mind the helmet... but one of my favorite parts of The Game is seeing the masses of buckeye leaves on all of the starters' helmets.  Even if they went back to the oversized stickers from the 70s (on the red helmets), I'd feel better about it.  Just one more tradition that is getting pushed to the side (even if it is a newer tradition).

bcWEcouldn&#039;tGOfor3's picture

Do solid red helmet with a white-gray-white stripe and I would love the uniforms!

There should be something that breaks up that solid red.

cjm's picture

I love the back story and reasoning behind the uniforms.  Would like the gray helmets or at least a gray strip down the center of these (if it wasn't for the story.)  Didn't care for the helmets or socks y'all used last year for the game. 

This is pretty cool though.

Master of Karate and Friendship's picture

Overall not bad.  Wouldn't mind seeing a grey stripe on the helmet, but as long as they don't put a number on the helmet, I think they're all right. 

.thei's picture

just saw the live stream of the unveiling, and after seeing the uniforms again, I hate them.

BucksfanXC's picture

I do think I would prefer the stickers on the helmets, since it's the last game of the season and all.

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nickma71's picture

They are worse than last years abomination.