This weekend’s game between Ohio State and Michigan State isn’t a black-tie affair, but the Buckeyes will be wearing black… pretty much everything else.
The school announced that their first prime time home game of the season will be a blackout.
OSU players will wear black uniforms, and all fans are being encouraged to wear black as well.
This won’t be a big change for new Buckeye head coach Ryan Day, who has made a black windbreaker and black hat his signature look.
The black jerseys first appeared for the 2015 Ohio State vs. Penn State game, a 38-10 prime time Buckeye win.
The Bucks also wore them last fall in a 36-31 home win over Nebraska. The “blackout” theme looked a lot less menacing for a noon kickoff.
Never a favorite of traditionalists, the black jerseys have at least been quarantined to non-rivalry games thus far.
And while some might point to the fan dress code as nothing more than a transparent call-to-action for tens of thousands to purchase officially-licensed merchandise in a new color, others may attempt to simply change the subject.
Regardless, the uniforms are unquestionably a popular look with many recruits, who frequently choose to wear them for photo shoots during campus visits.
With the combination of opponent and kickoff time already making this a big recruiting weekend, it’s not a surprise to see them on the way again.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) September 29, 2019