Ohio State and Michigan first met in 1897 and have played every year since 1918. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 58–49–6 but the Buckeyes have won 13 of the last 14 meetings. “The Game,” as it is affectionately called, is one that both fan bases look forward to each year. This season, the Scarlet and Gray will wear alternate uniforms for the rivalry game.
Before the traditionalists get upset by this notion, hold your horses. The uniforms are not too different than the normal Ohio State uniforms. In fact, they are very similar to what the Buckeyes wore during the run to the 2014 national championship and subsequently as alternate jerseys in 2015 and 2016.
This news was first reported by former Eleven Warriors writer Andrew Lind, who is the creator of the Ohio State uniform database and has connections within the uniform and apparel industry. The uniforms are to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 national championship team.
Multiple sources have told me Ohio State will wear throwback uniforms against Michigan on Nov. 24 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its 1968 national championship.
— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) November 14, 2018
Lind was also the first to report that the Scarlet and Gray would wear alternate black uniforms against Nebraska two weeks ago, something that turned out to be the case.
The uniforms look nearly identical to the ones Ohio State previously wore. The sleeves feature the more traditional thick gray and white striping with black trim. The numbers on the shoulder of the uniform will be the bold black digits. The only difference between the 2018 version and the ones worn in 2014 is that the new alternates will be on the newer Vapor Untouchable template, the same template as the black uniforms for the Nebraska game, instead of the older Mach Speed template.
While there are many who believe Ohio State and Michigan should wear their traditional uniforms when the two old rivals meet, this seems to be a happy compromise. Buckeye fans fondly remember the uniforms worn by Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones and company in wins over Alabama and Oregon in the 2014 College Football Playoff. These uniforms are also close enough to the Scarlet and Gray’s regular attire that it won’t look as glaringly different as it did when Ohio State wore alternate white or gray uniforms against the Maize and Blue.
What’s next for the Buckeyes? Make sure you’re in the loop — take five seconds to sign up for our FREE Buckeyes newsletter now!
Another thing that might make any Buckeye fans happy is that the Scarlet and Gray are undefeated against the Wolverines while wearing alternate uniforms. As Lind pointed out on Twitter, Ohio State won games in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, all in alternate uniforms.
These uniforms were already sold in your local Buckeye licensed supplier and have been restocked for this game. Ohio State fans can also purchase men’s and women’s shirts and hats referencing 1968 national title and Woody Hayes.