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BYU, Illinois plan stripe-outs this weekend

Because single color crowds are going out of style

We have seen the white outs and the black outs plenty of times. Schools who really want to create a stunning visual in college football these days organize stripes around the stadium. This weekend will feature two schools doing just that, with BYU and Illinois each hoping to pull it off.

BYU calls it Sectional Stripes, with odd-numbered sections wearing blue and even-number sections wearing white, BYU’s school colors. The Cougars hope it helps as they return home after a pair of frustrating road losses to Boise State and Utah. You can check out BYU’s sectional stripes Friday night when the Cougars host Hawaii.

The following day Illinois will open up Big Ten conference play against Penn State. The Illini, in desperate need for support and a win after being run out of their own stadium last week by Louisiana Tech, have been organizing and publicizing their Stripe the Stadium campaign. The execution is similar to BYU’s, with odd-numbered sections being asked to wear orange, and even-numbered sections encouraged to dress in blue.

I know I cannot wait to see how these look when it comes time to play the game. I am also curious how successful Illinois will be with the Illini scuffling this season. Will it be any sort of factor to help the Illini erase the stain left from last week’s loss to open up conference play?

The question also should be asked, what other kind of color scheme would you like to see attempted at other stadiums around the country? I know I would love to see Tennessee fans pack Neyland Stadium and somehow organize a checkerboard color scheme of orange and white throughout the stadium. Now if Tennessee could pull that off, they would take the crown when it comes to stadium fan color-coordination.

Make it happen Vols!

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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