Michigan football will wear all-maize uniforms for its season opener Saturday vs. Florida. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN FOOTBALL
ANN ARBOR — Traditionalists needn’t tune in Saturday for fear of shock.
Michigan will wear alternate all maize uniforms against Florida, the second time in program history the team will wear maize jerseys and pants. The first time came in 1928 against Navy.
Few things cause more angst among college football fans than alternate uniforms. But it’s an overrated concern. Times change. Recruits and players love the bright colors and new designs. Let them have their moment.
Virtually every team in the country has worn some variation of an alternate or throwback uniform, save for Alabama.
Even a conformist like Jim Harbaugh is pro-alternate uni.
“I’m good with them,” Harbaugh said Monday on his weekly radio show. “Of course, I didn’t design them. I’ll tell you right now, I’m not a designer. My wife would tell you I don't have good taste anyway. But this is the 200-year anniversary of the school. There was that pitch there with the school color of maize.”
Florida will wear all blue uniforms. Both schools are outfitted by Nike.
“With all the different uniforms that teams wear nowadays, I don’t know if there’s a traditional standard across the board anymore,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said last week. “If Jim decides to wear the alternate uniform, the team will look great and they will go out and play well like they will play in our more traditional uniforms.
“Uniforms have nothing to do with the way that we play. I’ve worn uniforms of different sorts and I’ve had different results -- more winning than losing, thankfully, but uniforms don’t make you win or lose. If they go out in the alternate uniforms and win, they’ll be the favorite uniforms, right? You don’t win, people don’t like them.”