New Ohio State Football Jerseys Appear in Columbus

By 11W Staff on July 4, 2013 at 5:25p

Columbus-based Ohio State retailer The Buckeye Room posted this photo of a "New twill Nike Limited" Ohio State home football jersey featuring quarterback Braxton Miller's No. 5. The jersey, which features seven embroidered Buckeye Leafs on the collar – one for each of the school's seven national championships (or Heisman Trophies) – will set you back $120.

The collar embroidery is a nice touch and is similar to the concept our own Walt Keys whipped up when he reimagined Ohio State's football uniforms earlier this year.

New Ohio State football jerseys appear in Columbus

The collar treatment appears to be the only difference – from this photo, at least – from what Ohio State wore as standard home uniforms last season. Sorry, no updates to the stripes, sleeve fetishists. The font used for Miller's No. 5 is also unchanged, unlike the triangular serif added to the stem of the 5 in a jersey Miller wore for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot in early March.

We know there's a lot of activity on the uniform front right now, but don't yet have any specifics on the plan for this season, so to speak. In addition to the tweaked jersey Miller wore for the SI shoot, recruits have been shown at least two different jerseys on visits, making this the fourth new iteration (at least) since the end of last season. At this time, it's anyone's guess as to whether a new jersey is a prototype or something more. Unfortunately, even seeing it for sale does not guarantee we'll see this jersey on the field this fall.

At the same time, we could very well be looking at the new home jerseys. There's a system of checks and balances in place for uniform tweaks, including consultations with Archie Griffin and other distinguished members of the football family, but the addition of seven Buckeye Leafs on the collar is subtle enough to likely be good enough for all parties involved. Sure, they're billed as "Nike Limited," but is that just a trial balloon? From a marketing standpoint, if fan reception is overwhelmingly positive, it's a short jump from "limited" to "the new hotness."

[Via @BeauBishop]


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UrbanBuckeye's picture

Going to have to add an 8th Buckeye leaf before long.

Vonn Bell once asked me in class if he could borrow my pencil and he never gave it back. Ain't even mad.

GeorgiaBuckeye2114's picture

ehhh. Hope these are just poor immitations of last years pro combats

Ethan_Buck's picture

I wouldn't mind purchasing one of these ;)

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

DannyBeane's picture

I feel like it needs a little more grey to break up the scarlet.

buckeyedude's picture

I'm in the gray sleeve camp. I also liked the gray collar in Walt's experiment, but that wouldn't work in this case.



Michibuck's picture

I'm cool with this.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

I just cannot believe those are our real home jerseys. I don't think that's how Nike would like to roll it out...
It also contradicts the new font of the numbers. I remember seeing an article (from 11W?) where the "5" was more pointy. 

The South will NOT rise again!

pjtobin's picture

I want some changes. I don't know what? Just want some new gear. The last jersey I bought was the away one Posey wore at SCum. It's slick. The numbers are sweet. We need a uniform makeover. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Ethan_Buck's picture

I think they are going to put the leafs on this year..have the two special unis for the Wisconsin and Scum game...and then next year..whole new set of duds

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

CC's picture

Is that a guess or did they announce that?

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

I saw somewhere that the uniform is going to have a Nike Flywire for the collar this season.  I can't seem to find the link, but I'm surprised it took them this long to adopt that.  I like the subtle changes, but I really don't want to see us break out a whole new uniform.

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DWright's picture

"We know there's a lot of activity on the uniform front right now..."
- Can anyone elaborate any further? I'm all about some new jerseys. Also in regards to the flywire collar, if I recall Nike introduced a new cut last year that several teams adopted full time (see USC's jerseys from last season). The style of the jersey itself didn't change just the panels and whatnot, I believe that same cut is what the NFL teams received too.

Fugelere's picture

Not bad.  I prefer the little tweaks here and there.  And I understand there will be updates to cut because of new fabrics and materials.  I just don't want any wholesale changes since I just got over the change from the massive numbers and grey strips on the sleeves that I grew up with.

Michael Citro's picture

Trying to find the "Like" button here. Little help?

I'm in the market for a new game jersey, as my Laurinitis one is falling apart. Not gonna pull the trigger until I know what they're wearing on the field, though.

pjtobin's picture

I made my wife a clothes line in our laundry room. All of my shirts get put on hangers and hung to dry. It keeps them from shrinking, and from messing up the numbers. I have two jerseys that she hand washes. They still look brand new. One is a #13, and the other is a #8. So they are old. They have the sewn on numbers. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

buckeyedude's picture

Hang drying your shirts will also keep them from color fading. But you knew that.



Oyster's picture

Thanks for the tip Martha ; )

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bukyze's picture

Count me out.  In all honesty, I don't like the leaves simply because they look like stars, not buckeye leaves.  And if they were going to be true buckeye leaves, they would need to be green - those look grey.  

AcrossTheField11's picture

But do we really want the clash of green buckeye leaves on the scarlet jersey?  We'll look like the Christmas crusaders.  
My huge beef with last years pro combat uniforms is that our helmets literally looked like a Christmas tree ornament due to the combination of the chrome red stripe and the green stickers.  I'm hoping we stick with Scarlett, Gray, and neutral colors (white / black) on our jerseys going forward.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

otrain2416's picture

hmmm this is interesting considering there were a lot of rumors the jerseys would be more radically changing

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Silverbuck8's picture

Really doesn't look any different than last years Braxton Nike Jersey, just the addition of the leaves.

741's picture

Unnecessary adornment.

Urban Nation Army's picture

$120? No thanks

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

maybe if they added gray to the sleeves.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Why are these jerseys selling for $120? "Normal" twill jerseys retailed for $75 or so and poly numbers about $50 last year. Are you telling me that Ohio State Jerseys have jumped in price $40 - $45 in one year?

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toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

It looks like Nike put all of five minutes of thought in it.

AndyVance's picture

I'm a big fan of the leaves, though I won't disagree with any of the other criticisms above.

Hovenaut's picture

Gray stripes.

Gray stripes.

I think I'd like to see.....yes.

Gray stripes.

Baroclinicity's picture

It's baffling.  I want an explanation why they got rid of them in the first place.  Especially when the white ones have it.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

zbd's picture

Is this a fashion show or a football game?  At least not as ridiculous as the Oregon threads.

pjtobin's picture

Dress for success. I coach baseball. Two different age groups. Two different teams. Most of the kids on both teams are all about the uniforms. Their batting gloves, fielding gloves, cleats, socks, and sweat bands, ALL have to match. And ALL must be the "in" gear. (Under armor )  We all know that being in style was important to 90% of us in high school. Take that and times it by 100. Kids these days have to have a logo on their undies to "fit in". Fashion is a very big thing to most youth today. I am a hillbilly, but I still like to look good. I am a firm believer that you should always dress for success. If you look like a all star, you will feel like a all star. Getting some new, yet traditional uniforms, would be like a breath of fresh air. It might even help with some recruits, maybe?

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

buckeyejonross's picture

Looks like those shoulder numbers are a bit bigger right? Or am I just crazy?

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

I like the idea of putting Buckeye leaves on the jersey for each National Championship. Soccer teams do that to represent World Cup's won. Maybe something with the OSU logo over the heart-area and 7 Buckeye leaves surrounding the logo...? Don't know if that's breaking some kind of NCAA rule or not.
I agree with with many of my fellow Buckeyes - that jersey needs more gray somewhere. And $120 sounds a bit high!!

hit_the_couch's picture

Bring out those combat unis worn at the end of the year last year. They were pretty slick.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

unholy bucknut's picture

I like them but they could definitely be better. I don't think they're trying so hard either. Put whoever is working on our basketball uni's on the job. Those jerseys are dope.