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College football uniform watch: Bowl Season

Land-Grant Holy Land previews every uniform to be worn during college football's bowl season.

Jonathan Ferrey


Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Colorado State

The best running back you’ve never heard of, Kapri Bibbs, and the Rams will be in their standard home set when they battle Wazzu.

Washington State

Bowling for the first time since 2003, the Cougars will be wearing their cherry red helmets with their road uniforms for the New Mexico Bowl.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl


One of the few teams without an alternate, the Trojans will be in their home uniforms as they look to win their first bowl game in Las Vegas.


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Fresno State

The Bulldogs will be wearing throwback uniforms that honor the 1992 Freedom Bowl champions. In that game, Trent Dilfer led the Bulldogs to a 24-7 win over USC.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

San Diego State

Looking for their first bowl win under head coach Rocky Long, the Aztecs will wear their black uniforms against Buffalo.


Playing in their second bowl game in program history, the Bulls will be wearing their road uniforms on the blue turf in Boise.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl


The two-time defending New Orleans Bowl champions will be wearing their standard home uniforms, as well as a Blue Dog sticker on their helmet to honor famous artist and Louisiana-native George Rodrigue, who past away last week.


While the Green Wave will be playing in their home stadium, the team has been designated the away team for the New Orleans Bowl. With the game being in primetime on ESPN, the country will get a firsthand look at the most underrated uniforms in college football.

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

East Carolina

The Pirates equipment staff released the team’s uniform combination via Twitter. As the home team, the Pirates will be in all-black as they look for their first 10-win season since 1991.


Debuted for the annual "Battle of the Bricks", the Bobcats will wear their ghost white uniforms, which feature a brick motif in the numbers, as they play in their sixth-consecutive bowl game.

Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl

Oregon State

After suffering a season-opening loss to FCS Eastern Washington, the Beavers salvaged their season and earned a trip to Hawai'i. The team will debut a new uniform combination for the game, pairing their black helmets and jersey with white pants.

Boise State

With Chris Petersen off to become to the head coach at Washington, Boise must prove that they're more than just a flash in the pan program. The Broncos will be in their white uniforms with blue helmets, the same combination the team wore in its last trip to Hawai'i.

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Bowling Green

The Falcons were keeping their uniform combination close to the vest, which led to speculation of a brown alternate. Nobody imaged the team would unveil a gray uniform minutes before the game.


After playing in the BBVA Compass Bowl for the past three seasons, the Panthers will add a new bowl patch to their away uniforms when they meet up with the Falcons.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Northern Illinois

After suffering a heartbreaking defeat in the MAC Championship wearing their "Dark Dog" uniforms, the Huskies will return to their standard home look for the Poinsettia Bowl.

Utah State

The Aggies equipment staff informed me that the team will be sporting their navy blue helmet, white jersey, and navy pants as they look to win their second consecutive bowl game.


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Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman


Looking for their first 10-win season since Byron Leftwich was under center, Thundering Herd will be outfitted in their standard home uniforms in Annapolis. Their helmets, however, will pay homage to each branch of the military, as well as the 75 football players who died in the school's infamous plane crash.


In their first bowl game under head coach Randy Edsall, the Terrapins will bust out the "White Ops" uniforms for the third time this season..

Texas Bowl


The Golden Gophers introduced an alternate white helmet, featuring a brick motif, for their second-consecutive Texas Bowl appearance. The helmet will be oddly paired with the team’s home uniform, which lacks any white accents.


Our Syracuse blog raised enough money to send over 1,500 Houston-area kids to watch the Orange fight for a winning season in their regular road uniforms paired with their Jacksonville Jaguar-esque helmets for the first time.

Fight Hunger Bowl


Interim head coach Marques Tuiasosopo told the media the Huskies would be wearing their all-purple uniforms with their chrome gold helmets.


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The Cougars wanted a color on color matchup, but officials deemed the team’s navy blue too similar to Washington’s purple.


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New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Notre Dame

Playing at Yankee Stadium, the Irish had no choice but to stick to their traditional home uniforms for the Pinstripe Bowl.


Wearing their white uniforms and scuffed chrome helmet, the Scarlet Knights will look to improve to 2-0 in the house that Jeter built.

Belk Bowl

North Carolina

All season, the Tar Heels' seniors would vote on their weekly uniform combination. However, for the bowl game, the team left it up to the fans, who chose to pair a black helmet with an all-Carolina blue uniform.


For the second-consecutive season, the Bearcats unveiled a special helmet for the Belk Bowl. This season, they'll pair this helmet with their black uniform, giving us the first color vs color game of the bowl season.

Russell Athletic Bowl


Head coach Charlie Strong said that his team would never wear an alternate uniform, and he's stayed true to his word. When his team takes the field in Orlando, they'll be dressed in their red home uniforms.

Miami (FL)

After not participating in a bowl game last season, the Hurricanes will return to the Russell Athletic Bowl (formerly Champs Sports Bowl). Expect the players to be in long sleeves with their white uniforms as they travel "north".


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Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Kansas State

The Wildcats will be wearing their home uniforms when they return to Sun Devil Stadium, site of the 2004 Fiesta Bowl. Just don't expect Darren Sproles to show up.


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Athletic director Dave Brandon had previously said the Wolverines would not have an alternate uniform this season, so don't expect a repeat of the 2012 Outback Bowl.


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Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl


For the second-consecutive season, the Midshipmen will wear their Army-Navy Game uniforms in their bowl game. However, the equipment staff informed me the uni will have a "slight tweak" in Fort Worth, likely meaning that the team will wear blue pants.


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Middle Tennessee State

Making their first bowl appearance in three seasons after being spurned with an 8-4 record last season, the Blue Raiders are the road team for the Armed Forces Bowl.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets are one of the few teams to wear white uniforms, regardless of whether they're the home or road team. Despite the rumor of a color vs color matchup, the equipment staff informed me that the team will be in gold-white-gold in Nashville.


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Ole Miss

Since Georgia Tech will be in white jerseys, the Rebels will be outfitted in their red uniforms despite being designated the road team.

Valero Alamo Bowl


The Longhorns equipment staff informed me that the team will be in their burnt orange home uniforms for Mack Brown’s final game at Texas.


As they've previously done (see 2012 Rose Bowl), the Ducks will unveil next season's uniforms at the Alamo Bowl. Nike claims these are their most innovative uniforms yet.

National University Holiday Bowl

Texas Tech

Under Armour's Michael McBride posted, via Twitter, the following picture of the Red Raiders new helmet for the Holiday Bowl. The team will pair the lid with their gray uniforms, worn earlier in the season in a win over TCU.

Arizona State

The Sun Devils will rock a combination that has not been worn this year in the season finale. The team will pair it's maroon, oversized pitchfork helmet with their white jersey and maroon pants.

AdvoCare V100 Bowl

Boston College

Andre 2000 and the Golden Eagles will look to win their first bowl game since 2007 in their standard home uniforms.


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As they have all season, the Wildcats let a fan announce their uniform intentions for the bowl game. This will be the first time this season Rich Rod's team will wear the red-white-blue combination.

Hyundai Sun Bowl


Super freshman Myles Jack and the Bruins will wear their Los Angeles Midnight uniforms for the second-oldest bowl game.

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Virginia Tech

While the Hokies are designated the road team, one Virginia Tech fan started a petition via Twitter to get the team to go color vs color against UCLA. However, that petition fell short, as the team sent their white uniforms and maroon helmet to El Paso.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Mississippi State

The Bulldogs equipment staff informed me that the team will pair it's all-maroon look with their standard maroon helmet, despite the fans clamoring for a return of their Egg Bowl uniforms.


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Looking for their first 11-win season in school history, the Owls are another one of the few teams without an alternate set. Until now, that is. In the Liberty Bowl, they'll be in their white uniform, but will pair it with a new white helmet. The helmet will feature wings on both sides and a logo on the back.

Chick-fil-A Bowl

Texas A&M

In what's likely Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel's final game, the Aggies will look to beat the hell out of Duke in their maroon uniforms. If Good Bull Hunting had their way, though, the Chick-fil-A Bowl could have been an udder disaster.


Playing in back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history, the Blue Devils are the road team for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Anybody else suddenly hungry? Gator Bowl


In one of the few traditional uniform matchups, the Bulldogs will be in their home set for their first trip to the Gator Bowl in three decades.


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Likewise, the Cornhuskers will be in their traditional white uniforms in their second Gator Bowl appearance.


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Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank

North Texas

Returning to a bowl game after a nine-year absence, the Mean Green will don the same black uniforms worn in the bowl-clinching homecoming victory over Rice.


After a 13-year absence of their own, the Runnin' Rebels look to stay undefeated in postseason play while wearing their standard road look. The team has added player names to the back of the jersey for the special occasion.


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Outback Bowl


Like the aforementioned Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Bayou Bengals are one of the few teams to wear white uniforms, regardless of whether they're the home or road team.


With LSU wearing white, the Hawkeyes will be in their black uniforms, rekindling memories of Drew Tate's Hail Mary in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.


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Capital One Bowl

South Carolina

Head coach Steve Spurrier is not a fan of the Gamecocks black uniform, therefore, it's to be expected that the team is decked out in garnet.


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After coming out on the losing end of the past three Rose Bowl games, the Badgers take their crisp white uniforms to Florida. Wisconsin's equipment manager informed me that the team will wear it's white shoes for the game, as they sometimes wear black shoes.


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Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio

Michigan State

Playing in their first Rose Bowl Game in three decades, expect the Spartans to be dressed in green from head to toe, as they have in their wins over Ohio State and Michigan.


In the "Granddaddy of Them All" for the second-consecutive season, the Cardinal will be outfitted in their all-white uniforms.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl


The Bears were quick to dispel any rumors of Nike's volt color being included in their look, as it had been in pictures of the staff's shoes and polos for the game. The staff later tweeted a picture of a black uniform and noted the team will pair that will their gold-chrome helmet.


According to the Fiesta Bowl's media guide, the Golden Knights will be in their white uniform for the game, ending any rumors of a color vs color matchup.

Allstate Sugar Bowl


Without a field goal return for a touchdown, it's likely that Alabama would be in a battle for it's third-straight national championship. In their loss, however, the Sugar Bowl gained a traditional-looking game as Alabama will be in their home uniforms.


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Making for a visually pleasing matchup, Oklahoma will be rocking their white uniforms for the Sugar Bowl.

AT&T Cotton Bowl


All season long, the Tigers have unveiled their uniform combination via head coach Gary Pinkel's website. For the Cotton Bowl, however, the team will leave it up to the fans to choose between their gold or black uniforms. At last check, the gold uniforms were receiving 53% of the vote.


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Oklahoma State

In this battle of former Big XII foes, the Cowboys will wear their white uniforms and helmets, sans Pistol Pete.


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Discover Orange Bowl

Ohio State

Given the choice, the Buckeyes would usually wear their white uniforms for bowl games. However, that all changed when the Buckeyes lost to Urban Meyer's Florida squad in the national championship. As the home team for the Orange Bowl, the Buckeyes will put their undefeated record wearing alternate threads on the line by donning their scarlet Rivalry uniforms.


The last time the Tigers played in South Florida, they were run off the map by West Virginia. The team has improved since, and will look like a totally different ballclub in their white uniforms.

BBVA Compass Bowl


The Cougars will don their red Nike Catalog mix-and-match uniform in the Compass Bowl.


The Commodores will wear the same all-white uniforms for the Compass Bowl they rocked in their program-defining win at Florida earlier in the season.

GoDaddy Bowl

Ball State

The last time the Cardinals reached a bowl game, coincidentally, they played in the GMAC Bowl, held in the same stadium as the GoDaddy Bowl. As the home team, the Fighting David Letterman's will wear their red uniforms.


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Arkansas State

The GoDaddy Bowl is the Red Wolves' home away from home as they're playing in Shreveport for the third-consecutive season. However, as the road team, they'll be wearing their white uniforms.

Vizio BCS National Championship

Florida State

This is the Seminoles fourth appearance in a national championship game during the BCS era. In those games, the team is undefeated in their garnet uniforms, yet winless in their white jerseys. If this pattern holds true, the crystal ball will be returning to Tallahassee.


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The Tigers will put their unblemished record in national championship games wearing their all-white uniforms on the line in Pasadena.