Buckeyes Sport A New Look For The Game
2012 Nike Rivalry Uniform

Nov. 20, 2012

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In 1967, Ohio State University football coach Woody Hayes redesigned the team's uniform and helmet using the most innovative materials available at the time. He and his strength coach Ernie Biggs added names on the backs of jerseys, the "Buckeye stripe" on the sleeves, and began a tradition of adding Buckeye leaf decals to the players' helmets to reward big plays on the field. The Buckeyes won the National Championship wearing the new uniforms the following year.

Today, Nike Football is carrying OSU's history of innovation another step forward with an updated uniform design - Nike Football's lightest, fastest ever. The modern, integrated system builds on the school's rich heritage, highlighting an updated version of the Buckeye Stripe and silver. Both design elements are infused throughout the uniform from the helmet to the jersey to the pant, combining an innovative look with a nod to long-standing legacy. The iconic Buckeye leaf decals have also been updated in chrome and added to the back of the base layer.

Nike Football's lightest, fastest uniform ever
Every element of the Buckeyes' uniform represents the pinnacle in game-day innovation for speed. Aside from the Oregon Ducks, OSU is the only team to wear uniforms that feature Chain Maille Mesh technology -- a lightweight, ultra-breathable material that emphasizes improved thermoregulation. Chain Maille Mesh is incorporated into the back and under the arms of the jersey for exceptional ventilation without sacrificing durability.

The Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm baselayer apparel also keeps the body regulated for cold weather with breathability, water resistance and a streamlined fit. The baselayer pant options also feature customizable protection, including a thin, incredibly strong carbon fiber plate which can be placed on the thigh area. The full, integrated system also features:

  • Strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones that help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage. Padding without the bulk, offers optimal low-profile impact protection, specifically throughout the crucial "hit zone" between the knees and shoulders.
  • Lightweight Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding integrated in the hip area of the pant for crucial impact protection that stays in place.
  • A Flywire collar in the jersey, eliminating two layers of fabric for improved breathability and providing a more stable anchor to keep the jersey in place for enhanced lockdown functionality.