For the upcoming national championship game against Ohio State, Nike outfitted the Oregon Ducks with drastic uniform upgrades. The trademark green is gone. And save a small Nike swoosh on the players’ socks, the yellow has also vanished.
“It’s Oregon’s tradition to be untraditional when it comes to our athletic programs,” Oregon spokesman Andy McNamara told USA TODAY Sports. “We have a great relationship with Nike and the combined creativity with them allows us to do great things.”
Despite the unconventionality, the uniforms did pay respect to Ducks tradition: the logo on the undershirt is positioned at a 27-degree angle to represent the 27 bowl games in Ducks football history.
Although excited to attend the championship game this weekend, Keizer City Councilor Roland Herrera was initially surprised by the team’s color choice.
“I thought ‘what, no yellow or green?’ But then I started thinking about it, and decided it’s so Duck,” Herrera said. “They do their own thing. I would have preferred the team colors, but I’m a true fan. Whatever they do, I’ll support. What can I say? They’re the good guys in white, and I love the Ducks. I’m with them all the way. It’ll just take some thought to figure out what we’ll wear.”
The Ohio State Buckeyes proved traditionalists in keeping with their mascot colors of scarlet, gray, and white. Nike also designed Ohio State’s uniforms.
The Ducks and Buckeyes will face off in Arlington, Texas on Monday, January 12.