As has long been rumored and since confirmed, Ohio State will be wearing a unique uniform when Penn State heads to Columbus in a few weeks. Instead of the signature scarlet home jerseys, Ohio State will be joining in the alternate black uniform fad that for whatever reason excites dumb high school kids these days. Ohio State is expected to wear black pants and a black jersey, and now we have a first glimpse at the black jersey.
As first shared by Andrew Lind of The Tidewater News (Lind is an Ohio State alum) and confirmed by Eleven Warriors, these black football jerseys will be pretty much identical to the jerseys to be worn by the Buckeyes for the upcoming primetime matchup with Penn State in Ohio Stadium.
Source tells me, despite missing Nike logo on chest and tag, that these are Ohio State's new black jerseys: pic.twitter.com/zaQmo8morW
— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) October 2, 2015
Ohio State is expected to have a big recruiting weekend for the night game against the Nittany Lions, so rolling out a fresh alternate look specifically designed to attract eyeballs is no surprise. Some Ohio State fans and purists everywhere will likely roll their collective eyes at the sight of this look. Penn State, of course, will be dressed in white from head to toe to keep its signature look on the road.
I still prefer to wait until Ohio State releases a more official look at the new uniform before I weigh in with my official stance, but those who know me I already have given this look a thumbs down just on principle. The biggest violation is not seeing Ohio State dabble in an alternate look — they have done that numerous times and have looked solid in doing so far more often than not — but simply adopting an alternate black uniform. Black is not an official school color of the university, so choosing a black uniform is one of my main violations.