Ohio State Confirms Leaked Rivalry Uniforms

By Jason Priestas on November 19, 2012 at 11:18a

In this week's game notes, Ohio State makes the first formal announcement of alternate uniforms to be worn during the Michigan game this weekend, pretty much confirming what was leaked via the team's official store last week:

Ohio State will be outfitted for the game in special Nike uniforms. This year’s model hints back to the uniform style worn by the Buckeyes starting in the 1967 season but that are typically referenced as the uniforms worn by the 1968 national champion Ohio State squad. This year’s uniform look includes:

  • Scarlet jerseys with large gray numbers on front and back of the jersey and most noticeably on the shoulder pads;
  • Gray pants with wider piping down the sides;
  • Black stripe around the jersey sleeves;
  • Seven Buckeye leaves along the back collar and a Block “O” on the front collar; and
  • Wider scarlet, white and black stripe on a dull chrome helmet.
Ohio State 2012 Rivalry Uniforms
Ohio State 2012 Rivalry Uniforms
Ohio State 2012 Rivalry Uniforms
Ohio State 2012 Rivalry Uniforms



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Denny's picture

"Dull chrome" sounds like an oxymoron. These sound like they could be quite nice, though. Actually looking forward to these ones.


rkylet83's picture

The only regret is we won't see all of the buckeye leaves on the helmets at the end of the season. 

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RC's picture

Does anybody have a link to a better picture of these Unis?

tennbuckeye19's picture

I really like them right now. And I will absolutely love them after OSU beats UM in them this weekend. 

dancorona5's picture

isnt dull chrome just silver/grey?

buckeyedude's picture

Think of chrome wheels on a car, or brushed aluminum gray.



O-H Kee Pa's picture

If you're going to go '68, then DO IT. Mesh jerseys, big ass buckeye stickers, etc. That being said, I love this year's look and related apparel.

buckeye56's picture

The 68 Jerseys had small black numbers on the sleeves, not large white numbers on the shoulders. They did have a wider helmet stripe, not THAT wide, but a little

JLBNYC's picture

No. 38 from Mich looks like he isnt having a good day!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

God the AACC have always been the ugliest helmets in NCAA football history - except, of course, those hideous Maryland ones from last year!

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

THANK GOD NO CHROME!!!! sounding matte to me? stoked!
edit: shit...i only read the dull part lol

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Bucksfan's picture

I'd love me some pants that promise me wider piping.  HEYOOO!!!!

OldColumbusTown's picture

These are much, much better than what we've seen the last 3 years, IMO.
They at least resemble what we know to be modern Ohio State jerseys, yet have some subtle differences.  Can't wait to see some more detailed pictures, and especially to see 105 clad Buckeyes walk out of the tunnel with them on Saturday!

BuckGuy003's picture

Ima fan of pro combat unis for one home game a year but this game should be about tradition so these are good

BrewstersMillions's picture

I like these. I also liked the white helmet pro combats they wore up in Ann Arbor 3 years ago, but these are pretty nice.

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JLBNYC's picture

I think they look pretty cool and I agree with some of the other comments about prior years:
1. These look like they could be the best.
2. I did like the first two versions, particularly the one with the number on the helmet
3. I did not like last year's version (looked like a homemade halloween costume)
In the end, if recruits and the players like pro combat uniforms, I am all for it. It gives us a little added buzz, so long as we dont go overboard like Maryland. 
And, most importantly, we are undefeated in pro combat uniforms!

sharkvsghost's picture

i think these could be pretty cool.

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Kevbo714's picture

I like these... Can't wait to see them when they take the field.  
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Doc's picture

Me likey.  I hope they have them for sale at Conrad's on Saturday.  Large please!

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Alhan's picture

I want to go to there!
This looks like a good candidate for a new jersey for me!

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zbd's picture

I don't care if they wear only their jocks and cleats. Just get a win.

andyb's picture

That would probably get the lowest rating in the history of the "The Game" haha...nasty

bucknut8's picture

sounds badass to me. so sick!
just the uniforms got me pumped for this game!
Go Buckeyes! Beat MichAgain!


IBleedSandG's picture

Glad the helmets are going to have a matte finish. Leave the chrome shit for oregon.
I can't wait to see these in HD.


Nkohl13's picture

Its dull chrome not matte.

buckeye56's picture

FYI, at the hockey game on Saturday night I asked them if replica jerseys would be on sale and they told me that replica jerseys would NOT be made this year, so unless we want to go the way of the Chinese knock offs, I think we're out of luck.

Doc's picture

Why wouldn't they sell them.  I guess Nike and OSU don't like $$$$

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buckeye56's picture

I said the same thing, people snag those things up like hotcakes no matter how many people dont like them.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

wait...seriously? i've seen every other rivalry/pro combat jersey on sale for every other school. Why would this NOT be for sale?

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Alhan's picture

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

BUCKI4LIFE's picture

Nice! Would love to see more pics though!!

bslatco's picture

Not sure if its just because I am younger but I would of loved to see all black uni's.  I know many people will disagree but I think it does give a little bit of a recruiting advantage. Times are changing and I think OSU has seen this, thus their involvement in the Pro Combat Series.  I just think a blacked out Shoe on Saturday would of been sweet.  If they come out in tutus on Saturday I could care less as long as there is a W on Saturday. BEAT SCUM!!!!!

Bucks43201's picture

well, now that this is confirmed, I wonder how much it moves the betting line ---- gotta be worth at least a point, maybe 1 1/2 points

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ArTbkward's picture

I really don't care what they wear.  The team can wear tutus for all I care so long as they win The Game.
Edit: @ZBD, I didn't see your comment before posting this one.  Seems like we think alike, at least to an extent.  One of us thought about guys in jocks and it wasn't me.  :)

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buckeye76BHop's picture

Never have liked the alternative/NIKE uniforms.  Oh well...they pay good $$$ for OSU players to wear them...why not.  I suppose they look ok...just not a big fan of going against our traditional uniforms. 

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andyb's picture

Obviously the picture is always deciving but these look pretty sweet. I would be ok with them adpoting these for bigger games from now on. Kinda like a home alternate.

hodge's picture

I want these to replace our current jerseys period.

Bucksfan's picture

Agree, Hodge.  If these do, in fact, work out to be a badass 21st Century upgrade to the current look, is there a way to petition the University for them to stay permanently?

kevinfrenchfry's picture

lol i should have read through the comments before i posted, but hey lets get a call to action going for this cause

BUCKI4LIFE's picture

Agreed ! ^^^^ Plus 1 if I could!

DefendYoungstown's picture

I love the GIANT numbers and the shoulder numbers. Reminds me of the old days...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

andyb's picture

I also think it would be awesome if OSU/MICH started wearing home uni's all the time no matter what..like UCLA/USC I think that would be awesome too.

I think someone mentioned this last week before for UCLA/USC game BTW

DefendYoungstown's picture

^^^^^^ I agree 100%, this would make the rilvarly that much more special.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

jthiel09's picture

Of all the things they could have done, this is actually better than what I expected. At least they haven't pulled a "Notre Dame" on us like those POS's they wore earlier this year.


nickma71's picture

These stupid throw back jerseys and combat uniforms have to stop. They are all hideous.

Alhan's picture

Get out of my yard, ya damn kids!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

nickma71's picture

Maybe Simon can sack those ugly things like he does everything else.

Walt Keys's picture

i think die-cut glossy chrome buckeye stickers on the dull-silver helmet could look pretty slick. basically the leaf part of this shirt as a sticker. just my 2 cents. 

BIGHEC39's picture

Man These Uniforms are going to be Sick!  I would love for them to keep these Unis on a permanent basis.....   Do you guys know what this is going to do for recruiting, especially after we get up in scUM's ass.......   Man with all these Blue Chip, 4 and 5 star recruits coming to 'THE GAME'.  Urban is definitely going to slam the door on recruiting once we kick scUM's ass and go 12-0 to go with it in those Unis and the HORSE SHOE going BANANAS......   I cant Wait......
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JoeinCbus's picture

It's regrettable that this money-driven nonsense has to impact the pageantry of The Game.  What a privilege it must be to run out in front of your family and friends, as a senior, with all your leaves plastered on your helmet.
As an above commenter posted, if you ARE going to honor the '68 team (although we're honoring 2002), then wear their exact uniform.  Don't screw with it.
This whole thing is absurd.  Just wear your unis, display your stickers and go nail someone.  Let The Game be The Game, and not The Game Presented by [insert corporate sponsor here].

kevinfrenchfry's picture

one word joe...RE-CRUI-TING

ARMYBUCK's picture

I dont have a problem with the pro combats but I agree with Hodge.  If we were to replace our uniforms with anything I would hope it would be these!!  However, beating that team up North is really all that matters!

bux_booster's picture

You can order a shirt that is similar with Buckeyes around the back of the collar.  To arrive 11/27 though.


BuckeyeSouth's picture

Ordered mine on Friday and will be delivered Wednesday so I can wear it for The Game.

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kevinfrenchfry's picture

To 11W staff and fellow Buckeye fans,
We should start a petition to make these our official new permanent jerseys, seriously. I know there are the faithful out there that will protest, but we did it in 06 and it WILL happen again eventually. Bottom line, these jerseys have all of the classic elements (no one can say they took something traditional away from it) yet it still has that slight touch of edginess that makes it look like OSU is a team built to be a staple in the future of CFB.  With Urban, Braxton, 11-0, The Game (and the chance to get back to our winning ways against TTUN) I dont see how this wouldn't be a great opportunity to complete the slight yet noticeable transformation of the OSU football program from the old school Tressel Era to the Urban Revival Era, while, of course, keeping the great tradition alive.
Hope I'm not alone in this idea, and I don't mean to offend any of the traditionalists, not in the slightest.  Be safe Buckeyes.

DallasTheologian's picture

Part of the Glory of THE GAME is the fact that things like this don't detract from it one bit. It will always be THE GAME, no matter what uniforms they are wearing. People act like OSU has had the same uniform for over 100 years and they have always been the same for every ittertion of THE GAME, but that is just not the case. Change is a part of life get used to it. I love the Pro Combat series uni's for the most part across the board, but I am also not from the "get off my lawn" demographic. 
The uniforms only help. They help with recruits, current players, growing a fanbase, national exposure, etc. All this does is help OSU become more apparent and more pronounced in the minds of future stud football players around the nation. You'll never hear a 5 star recruit say, "I wish they would just leave the rivalry alone and stop with those silly uniforms." This can only help secure the future life-blood of the rivalry; namely recruits.

Firedup's picture

Can't wait to see these jerseys at the Pep Rally tonight!  Also will get to see Orlando Pace and Keith Byars 

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Craig's picture

Uniforms are vital to tradition. Think of the New York Yankees whose cap and pin stripes are known around the world.  Look at the Green Bay Packers and you can see Paul Hornung and Bart Starr.  Look at the Browns and you see Jim Brown (or wish you could). Uniforms connect fans to glorys past and bespeak tradition to the new.
Bo Schembechler tried to change Michigan's helmet, which looks a bit absurd until you realize that the design had survived an era when helmets were leather and stitched together.  The administration gave him a resounding NO.  It was a superb decision, and makes me detest Michigan all the more.
By contrast when I look at our Nike uniforms of the past several years I wonder at first glance whether it's Ohio State or Wabash U.  When I realize it's us I click to adifferent image because what I see is not tradition, but the desire to make a buck.  It's smarmy, and we're better than that.
After a pause, and if I still need solace, I find the iconic photo of Eddie George outracing half The Notre Dame team to a touchdown.  The Irish are wearing their gold helmets, of course.  This makes the photo all the sweeter because we're wearing our scarlet best with silver helmets, buckeye leaves and big white numbers. 




SouthBayBuckeye's picture

for the millionth+ time: this is not the first or last time the uniforms have been or will be tweaked.  
true traditionalists want the OSU OHIO A&M AGGIES to wear BLACK AND ORANGE

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45has2's picture

I like 'em all. Not that it matters because the only people that really matter are the players and recruits. According to a recent survey, 60% of blue chippers would choose Oregon if basing their choice soley on the unis. That should tell you something right there. Many kids don't want to wear their grandpa's uni, they want their own gear. GO BUCKS.

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kevinfrenchfry's picture

thats a cheap advantage imo

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

cheap, but if 18 year old kids that run 4.3 40s see it that way, that's the way the recruiting chips fall. 

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buckeyedude's picture

This is a great point! My dad used to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer back in the 70s. Hell, just about everybody did back then. Do you think I'm going to drink that now?
Actually, I drink Buckeye Beer. Produced by Maumee Bay Brewing in Toledo, Ohio, and I really like it. It's a quality micro-brew that's relatively inexpensive.($10.99 for 12-pack bottles only-no cans) 
Just like when Peter Brady's voice changed when The Brady's were hittin' it big, "It's time to change!"



Alhan's picture

I wish more microbreweries would sell cans.  Keep 100% of the light out, and I always drink out of pint glasses anyway, so I don't have to worry about the "taste" of the metal (really you're just smelling it, but since some of you taste is influenced by smell...)
An excellent brew to try out (and it comes in cans!)


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BoFuquel's picture

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Rfahncke's picture

I'd bet the house that these helmets have at leasta few buckeye leaves on them similar to the way Oregons chrome helmets have wings in them.  Just a hunch. If so, it will be one badass hunch!

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SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Someone metioned that there would be 7 on each helmet. One of the shirts has 7 on the back collar, and the jersey is supposed to do the same. 

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Rfahncke's picture

...I'm in full support of this.  Hope it happens.  

"Have you earned your buckeye today?"

input4u's picture

Did anyone notice the black facemask... IMO is the best part of the new look.  Laying some black facemask rubber on those Meat chicken unis could look awesome....

buckeyedude's picture

Love, love, love these uniforms! These are 100X better than any of the previous experimental unis. I ESPECIALLY love the wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide stripes on the helmet and down the sides of the pants. Like the #s on the shoulder pads.
Just friggin sweet. I think they are tweeked just enough but still are true to recent tradition. I wouldn't have a problem with this all of the time.



VBBuckeye's picture

http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/view.gal?id=129842    <-- Pics of the uni.
Edit: Sorry, I didn't notice this forum post

dtanmango's picture

Looks soooo sweet.


Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I don't understand why these jerseys will not be for sale as all the others were.  That's not cool.  #thatisall

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MediBuck's picture

I hate those "O"s on the gloves. Though I like the idea, refs always flag teams for flashing them, and Nike is just provoking this. Emotions riding high in a rivalry game, you give a bunch of 18 and 19-year old kids those toys and think they won't use them? Either the refs need to chill out or Oregon Inc. needs to stop baiting us like that.

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osubuckeye4life's picture

I can't wait to see these unis on Saturday!
TSUN is a whore.