Hey all you cool badgers and badger cubs…and ears of corn and kernels…the time has come once again to talk fashion…HIGH FASHION.
Now just because the Wisconsin Badgers and Nebraska Cornhuskers aren’t meeting in Lincoln this weekend, that doesn’t mean that fashion gets the weekend off too, because honey, fashion NEVER takes a day off.
So light some candles, pour a glass of wine and bedazzle the shit out of your jeans, guuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrllllllllll!
As a reminder, we will be rating the opposing threads on a scale of oh honey, no, to YAASS QUEEN.
Oh honey, no: Obviously, this is the worst rating. If I must explain this to you, you’re probably wearing socks with sandals right now, or a brown belt with black pants, either way, oh honey, no.
Ewww: Nice try, but no.
Werk it: You brought it.
YAASS QUEEN: Best of the best. Your proverbial milkshake brings all the proverbial boys to the yard.
School: University of Nebraska
Color Scheme: Scarlet and cream
Official Brand Sponsor: Adidas
Nebraska’s primary helmet is very similar to that of Wisconsin’s helmet. The Cornhuskers wear a white helmet, with a Red ‘N,’ a red stripe going down the middle and a red face mask.
Nebraska from time to time, will also wear an alternate helmet and uniform, paying homage to the famed “Blackshirts.” We will touch more on this in a moment, but the alternate helmet itself is a white helmet, with a black ‘N,’ a black stripe going down the middle and a black face mask.
Standard white: Ewww. These helmets are just alright, no wow factor.
Blackshirts: Werk it. I think this is a solid helmet. The white and black contrast each other really well.
The Cornhuskers primarily wear red uniforms, with white accents, block numbers, which we all know is sooo last season, with white pants at home. On the road, they wear white uniforms with red accents and red pants.
These uniforms are classic in the regard that not much has changed over the years, which in my opinion provides a bit of nostalgia, while connecting the current teams to the teams of the past…in the regard that they have kept their uniforms very similar for the most part.
That being said, they are sort of underwhelming to the eye of an opposing fan, even though Wisconsin’s uniforms are similar. But it must be that I am more a fan of cardinal than I am scarlet and the motion W is also more eye catching that the N.
From time to time, Nebraska does wear alternate uniforms, such as when they hosted Wisconsin in 2012 and honestly…no one won with this fashion match up.
Recently Nebraska released its newest alternate uniforms for the 2020 season, paying homage to the famed Blackshirts of the past.
For those unfamiliar with the Blackshirts, it was in reference to the uniforms that the Cornhusker starting defenders would wear in practice. While the moniker originally only referred to the first string defenders, it has evolved over the years and has begun to represent the entire defense as a whole, which grew into a top-tier defense.
While the name has certainly stuck around, the Blackshirts defense last ranked highly nationally in 1999.
The newest version appears to be a road version of the Blackshirts uniform that was released in 2019.
The 2019 version used the same helmet that was outlined above with a black uniform, with white accents, red numbers on the shoulders and white pants. The uniform also features the Blackshirts logo on the sleeve.
One thing I do not understand is why the helmet features the player’s number on it in a different font than that used on the jersey.
I have to give it to Nebraska, they sure do hype their alternate threads well for a team that has had a winning record only five times since joining the Big Ten in 2011.
The newest adaptation is a white uniform, with black accents, black pants. Nebraska announced the uniform on twitter in an…interesting manner…
As you can see, it’s quite scary…and if I am not mistaken, isn’t the biggest rule of haunted houses is that you cannot touch the actors and they cannot touch you?
Someone needs to contact the Haunted House Workers Union of America to file a report.
Given the theme of the introduction video, I can only assume that Nebraska would have worn the newest uniforms this Saturday, which so happens to be Halloween, but unfortunately now we will never know.
2020 has taken so much from us…
Scott Frost even came out and said the new uniforms could be treated as a form of positive reinforcement with players.
“I think by next year, hopefully, we have a home and away version of this,” Frost said of the alternate uniforms the Huskers wore in 2019. “And down the road, I’d like to see it be a tradition that if the defense has a great game and holds an opponent under so many points that they earn the right to wear Blackshirts (uniforms) the next week. I think that would be another source of pride for our defense.”
Nebraska has only held an opponent under 10 points, 15 times, since joining the Big Ten in 2011 and has not pitched a single shut out.
So they won’t be wearing them much if they are treated as an award…
Standard Home & Away: Ewww. Again, these are just alright. Nothing really jumps out, meh.
Blackshirts Home & Away: Werk it. I am a fan of these. I think it’s great to break away from the norm and I love it when schools throw in a black uniform to the mix, when it is not one of their primary colors.