Nebraska to wear alternate football uniform this season, could it be vs. Michigan?
This story was updated at 5:13 p.m.
Nebraska plans to wear an alternate uniform for one home football game this season, according to The Associated Press, though athletic director Tom Osborne says the design won't diverge much from the Cornhuskers' traditional look.
Could the Huskers stray from tradition during their Oct. 27 game against Michigan?
Nebraska has a seven-game home schedule. Considering the school would likely save the alternate uniforms for a marquee game, that seems to eliminate Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Idaho State and Minnesota.
That leaves three home games: Sept. 29 vs. Wisconsin, Michigan and Nov. 10 against Penn State.
Osborne said Adidas, the Huskers' apparel and footwear provider since 1995, proposed changing the color of the helmets. Osborne said the white helmet with the iconic red "N'' would not be touched.
But Monday afternoon, the AP received an email from his secretary: "Tom did some further checking and he can't say definitively that the helmets will stay white," she wrote.
The Huskers' uniforms have changed little over the decades. There was a mini uproar in 2002 when piping were added to the jerseys — white on the red home jerseys, red on the white road tops. The stripes were gone the next year.
Replica 1962 uniforms were worn against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009 to commemorate the 300th consecutive home sellout.
Osborne, who coached the Huskers to 255 wins and three national championships from 1973-1997, said tradition is important to fans. Uniform outfitters like to come up with different looks because it gives them an opportunity to sell more merchandise.
"It does seem to appeal to the student-athletes. Most older fans don't get overly excited about it," he said. "We're walking a fine line because we are traditional, but we also recognize the fact that we don't have to stay the same all the time."