My all-time favorite Ohio State jersey/uniform of any kind across sports has always been the Ohio State men’s all-gray uniform. It appears the Ohio State football team is teasing the same thing this season for its November 11 home night game against the Michigan State Spartans.
The Buckeyes have traditionally worn an alternate uniform at least once during the season, and they attempted an all-gray uniform once before. In 2017 against Penn State at home, they released a darker gray uniform with black lettering and a digital camp helmet with metallic red buckeye leaf stickers.
What could make this year’s “all-gray” uniform unique would be a more “silver” look to the uniform. If they release a jersey top that matches the traditional pants and helmets with scarlet lettering, it will look like the gray home jerseys that the basketball team sports. Given the most recent social media tease by Ohio State, it indeed does appear that that will be the look they will be going for against Sparty.
Given the popularity of the men’s gray basketball jersey, Ohio State and Nike can prepare for some serious sales from this new alternate jersey release. I admit, my budgeting for Ohio State football memorabilia and apparel has diminished slightly over the past couple of years. But if this jersey looks like I think it will, they can rest assured that they will be receiving my hard-earned dollars.
I know there are a lot of traditionalists within college football fanbases who look down upon a game or two per season when a school decides to wear an alternate uniform. But the jersey business is big business. Just look around campus on a game day and you will see why. This is a trend that isn’t going to stop any time soon.