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Michigan State’s bronze uniform look is growing on me

Michigan State's alternate uniform for 2015, complete with bronze helmet. Photo via Nike.Michigan State's alternate uniform for 2015, complete with bronze helmet. Photo via Nike.

Other than Ohio State, there may be no more successful program in the Big Ten than Michigan State. Wisconsin may have an edge in Big Ten titles, but it is hard to argue with what Michigan State has done over the last few years. Mark Dantonio has the Spartans on the right track and this fall they should once again be a tough out for anyone on their schedule. Just yesterday it was announced Michigan State’s home game against defending Pac-12 champion Oregon on September 12 will be kicking off in primetime, another sign the Spartans are an attractive team this season (well, so is Oregon I suppose). The Spartans will also get another home game in primetime on the ESPN family of networks with the November 7 game against Nebraska always with a possibility to be considered a potential Big Ten championship game preview. This gives Michigan State a total of four games that will air in primetime this fall, with the Big Ten Network previously committing to air the October 10 game at Rutgers and ESPN already picking up the season opener at Western Michigan (Row the boat!).

Perhaps one of those primetime games in East Lansing will see Michigan State suit up in their new alternate uniform from Nike.

From these images we can see not much is happening that we are not accustomed to with Michigan State’s regular home and away uniforms, and that is perfectly fine with me.

With nothing much to look over with these standard looks for the Spartans, let us instead dive deeper into that alternate look with a bronze touch.

Michigan State's alternate uniform for 2015, complete with bronze helmet. Photo via Nike.

Michigan State’s alternate uniform for 2015, complete with bronze helmet. Photo via Nike.

Someone on Twitter told me this look for the Spartans feels rather Colorado State-ish, and I do not disagree. At a glance, it looks similar, but there is enough different going on to be able to distinguish between the two. This is also not the first time the Spartans have gone bronze either. Nike has a way of coming up with explanations and symbolism with their alternate looks to uniform partners, and the idea is this bronzed uniform is inspired by bronze Spartan shields and the phalanx battle formation. You can see some sort of Spartan-inspired pattern in the shoulder sleeve, underneath the bronze shoulder stripe and with the “MSU” outlined in bronze on top of it. The numbers are also outlined in bronze. We see a similar pattern down the pants as well.

Michigan State's alternate uniform for 2015, complete with bronze helmet. Photo via Nike.

Michigan State’s alternate uniform for 2015, complete with bronze helmet. Photo via Nike.

The helmet, of course, is what stands out the most. While I think Michigan State would be one of the few to pull off an awesome alternate white helmet, the Spartans stick to the bronze alternate here. I have to say, I am starting to like it too. It can be difficult to tell for sure, but it almost seems as though this bronze helmet has a matte finish, which I think would be very interesting if pulled off, but it is definitely a little less understated compared to a previous bronze helmet worn by Michigan State. The Spartan logo is bigger and more dull, and I think that helps sell it.

Whatever, it is without a doubt much more creative and authentic compared to the seemingly standard black or gray alternate uniforms that are all the craze these days. On that fact alone I give Michigan State a thumbs up rating for these uniforms. I still prefer to see Michigan State in green and white, but as far as alternate uniforms go I think Michigan State has a pretty good thing going here.

What do you think of this updated alternate uniform for Michigan State? Leave your star ranking for the uniform below, and feel free to leave your expanded thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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