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.
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).
- 1 Much love to caring tipsters at Nike!