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Good morning Uni Watch, and welcome to Week 13 of your Sunday Morning Uni Watch. We’re at the “end” of the regular season (with conference championships, Army/Navy and Bowls to drag out the season another month-plus). And with the last weekend of play that means lots and lots of rivalry games.

While many rivalry games have a deep history (well over 100 years), many consider the Ohio State/Michigan to be the “biggest” rivalry game there is, with the game simply referred to as, well, “The Game” (yes, Harvard/Yale and Cal/Stanford might disagree). But in terms of both rivalry and ranking (coming into the game, OSU was ranked #2 and UMich was #3), yesterday’s 118th meeting between the two bitter rivals essentially served as a playoff game. To the Victors go the spoils: a trip to the B1G title game and a likely BCS berth. It’s possible the Rose Bowl will be the consolation prize (which is not a bad consolation prize). And yesterday, Michigan emerged victorious, on the road, at the ‘shoe.

Both Michigan and Ohio State have worn alternate uniforms for The Game, but neither team made big announcements about unis early in the week. OSU wore their normal (beautiful) scarlet and gray, while Michigan eschewed their maize britches, opting instead to wear their “throwback” white pants. Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh loves the white pants look (although he himself has a thing for khaki). I may be one of the few who prefers Michigan in this look on the road — but they really need to go blue over maize at home. They’ve been sporting the blue pants a lot this year. Anyhoo… here’s how the game looked yesterday, and it was just one of many gorgeous games:

There’s something about that scarlet jersey in the bright sun, with the gray hats and pants going against the classic winged helmet and white unis with beautiful blue/maize striped pants and jerseys.

Lots more (glorious) photos here.

And with that, I’ll turn the rest of this rivalry weekend over to TJ, who brings you your …

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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

Rev up those trash-talking fingers for that one currently unstable social media platform, because it’s RIVALRY WEEK. Not too much in the way of wild ‘n’ crazy, but just enough for the last big post until Bowl season. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

From Friday:

• North Carolina/NC State: Contrast Matters: Close, but No Cigar Edition. As you can see, UNC broke out the (Carolina) blue chrome domes against NC State.

• Cal/UCLA: Cal dusted off their throwback uniforms for their yearly-ursine bout against UCLA.

• Cincinnati/Tulane: The Bearcats wore all-red against Tulane. This is apparently only the 2nd time in school history that they’ve done this, and their last time as a member of the American Athletic Conference, as they make the move to the Big XII for 2023.

• Mizzou/Arkansas: This Tigers look has Oklahoma State energy.

• Eastern Michigan/Central Michigan: I’ve always found EMU’s field to be one of the weirdest displays of greyscale… ILLUSIONS??? I’ve ever come across (only one, really), but take a look at this reel. The contrast from the grey playing field (which perpetually has this dark light effect going. You know, when it’s overcast and the clouds are super-dark, but the sun is also shining?), to the green endzones that look like a traditional hue field when the rest is cropped out of camera shot is ESPECIALLY jarring.

• Iowa/Nebraska: Contrast Matters: Gentlemen… behold: CORN!!! Edition. Funny enough, even though Nebraska isn’t a “natural” B1G team, they seem to fit well, in my opinion. Especially when facing Iowa. It just feels right (also, here’s the reference since I know people will ask).

From Saturday:

• Oregon State/Oregon: Kind of a nonargument at this point for this game, but what’s a little life without some color?

• South Alabama/Old Dominion: it truly is the year of the script decal, innit?

• Buffalo/Kent State: Some more Saturday color-vs-color action. There’s something about the stark colors that just feels very MAC Conference.

• North Texas/Rice: BFBS for the Mean Black.

• Duke/Wake Forest: BFBS for Duke.

• SMU/Memphis: BFDS (Black For Dallas’s Sake) togs for SMU.

• USF/UCF: This year’s I-4 bout was quite… VIBRANT.

• Texas A&M/LSU: Anybody know who this player is?

• Louisiana-Monroe/Southern Miss: Camo crud for Louisiana-Monroe. And how ’bout this: both head coaches wearing ties! (although I’m not keen on the button-down with a tie. It’s just not as convenient as a point or spread collar with a tie). There’s actually some cool lore behind the attire, which you can read about here.

• UNLV/Nevada: Color-vs-color for these two, and I find myself once again asking THE and OF why THEY CAN’T DO THE SAME THING

And THAT will do it for Week 13. This is around the time that we have our championship games, TOGIT, and is generally the quiet before the storm that is Bowl season. With that said, I’m gonna go sleep for a bit. This past week has been a lot work-wise. I’ve completely lost my concept of time. Just as well: time is a meme. I hope everyone had a happy, ITIS-induced, and safe Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you all next time!

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Thanks TJ! Superb job — as always — and another great regular season of helming the SMUW dash! And now, for his final installment of this season, I’m turning this over to Wade Heidt for one last…


Canadian University Uni Watch

New for 2022 is Canadian University Uni Watcher Wade Heidt, who has joined the SMUW crew this year and will bring us some looks at three-down, 110-yard Canadian university football from up north. That’s Wade to the right side of your screen (you can even click to enlarge). The shirt Wade is wearing was created by the one and only Wafflebored! Wade’s rundown will appear every week on SMUW until the season ends.


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Canadian University Uni Watch
by Wade Heidt

What time is it? Time for some university football uniform watching Canadian rules style! It’s time for the CUUW!

It was also the end of the road and the final game on Saturday to cap of another great year of U Sports Canadian university football. A champion to be crowned.

The 57th Vanier Cup

The national championship game was held on Saturday. The game being hosted at Western Alumni Stadium in London, ON, this year. The game featured the Saskatchewan Huskies and the Laval Rouge et Or. These teams have played each other only 2 other times.  Laval winning both Vanier Cup meetings with Saskatchewan in 2004 and 2006.

The schools are not going to switch up the uniforms too much for the Vanier Cup. Sporting the combos they wore on the way to the big dance. The Uteck Bowl winner is the home team and wearer of dark uniforms in this year’s game. The Saskatchewan Huskies wearing the green over green combo. The Laval Rouge et Or in their gold/white/red combo.

sunny day in Southern Ontario and a close, competitive game. 30-24 the final score.

Congratulations to the Laval Rouge et Or! Your 2022 Vanier Cup Champions! The 11th Vanier Cup title for Laval which is the all-time record. It is Saskatchewan’s 6th straight Vanier Cup loss since last winning in 1998. Here is Laval in the final victory formation.

Has been an amazing season and a lot of fun monitoring what the schools were wearing this year on the Canadian gridiron! Over and out for the CUUW until the next beautiful fall season starts.

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Thanks, Wade! Great stuff — see you next season! Everyone — please give Wade a nice shout out/thanks in the comments below for all his work this season.


World Cup Colorizations by George Chilvers

It’s been ages since I (we) heard from one of my long-time friends, and colorizer (“colouriser”) extraordinaire George Chilvers, but he reached out to me yesterday, with some new — and fantastic — long-ago World Cup colorizations.

Feast your eyes on these beauties!


USA team that beat England in 1950

USA team group: (back row, l-r) manager Chubby Lyons, Joe Maca, Charlie Colombo, Frank Borghi, Harry Keogh, Walter Bahr, coach Bill Jeffrey; (front row, l-r) Frank Wallace, Ed McIlvenny, Gino Pariani, Joe Gaetjens, John Souza, Ed Souza


Brazil v Wales 1958 (the last time Wales appeared in the finals before this year)


Hungary before the 1954 final


Hungary and Germany walking out for the 1954 final

World Cup Final 1954 v left Ferenc Puskas Hungary Fritz Walter BR Germany Goalkeeper Gyula Grosics Hungary and Goalkeeper Toni Turek BR Germany SW Vneg horizontal yoh Football ger 1954 international match National team Germany DFB World Cup Final Berne Highlight


Holland v Czechoslovakia at Le Havre 1938


Italy v Hungary 1938 Final

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Thanks, George! Wonderful work and great to hear from you again! We chatted briefly, and I think I can safely say George will be returning in the not too distant future with more colorizations.


Uni Tweet of the Day

There are good Reverse Retros… and then there’s Vegas’ take on the RR


And Now a Few Words From Paul

Hello! In case you missed it over the past week, here are two reminders for you:

  • First, I’m now taking entries for our latest design challenge, which is to redesign the Denver Broncos. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 2. Full details here.
  • Also, my next quarterly installment of “Ask Me Anything” — the bit where you can ask me anything about uniforms, sports, myself, or anything else, and I do my best to answer — will be coming up next month on Substack. If you’d like to submit a question, feel free to email it here. (Please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address.) One question per person, please. I look forward to seeing your queries!

Okay, now back to Phil!


And finally...

…that’ll do it for your early edition of the SMUW. Major thanks — as always — to TJ and Wade for their contributions, and to George for those wonderful colorizations. And of course, please join me in especially thanking Wade for his (almost) season-long look at 110 yard, three down, football from America’s hat! Looking forward to having Wade back for a full season next fall when the SMUW returns.

Jimmer Vilk’s Five and One should publish at 8:00 am (EST), and the uni tracking from Rex, Dennis, Ethan and James will follow at 8:30. Today’s ticker should be published at 9:00.

Everyone have a great Sunday and a better week, and I’ll catch you back here next Saturday (where I’ll be on the road at a Bonspiel in Connecticut). Till then…



Comments (8)

    Browns are going full-turd today. Well, if your franchise is a sh*t show, you might as well look the part.

    Maize pants would have been SO much better. Even blue.

    The white britches should be saved for an indoors bowl game.

    OSU needs to go back to a darker gray. I still won’t like them but they’d be better to look at in the sun.

    You’re 100% correct. The light grey looks so unimpressive compared to the darker grey pants. The thicker lines, the shimmer. They looked much better then. Additionally, I wish they’d return full time to the big silver Northwestern stripe pattern they reserve for playoff/bowl games. They could keep the current “playoff” format with the black TV numbers that hearken back to the 60s but maintain the standard white TV numbers standard. The current arm stripe pattern is so dull, especially added with the light grey pants.

    USF’s vibrant green… I don’t dislike that!
    Wish North Texas would have done something like that instead of bfbs.

    Great work, Terry and Wade… and welcome back, George!

    Really dig the USF look, but I also like the North Texas look (seriously everyone, stop with calling it BFBS; it’s getting ridiculous).

    “Camo crud” for ULM? Not even close. Those are ULM’s P-40 uniforms designed to look like the P-40 Warhawk planes flown by General Claire Lee Chennault’s “Flying Tigers” in WWII. (General Chennault lived in northeast Louisiana and Monroe was home to Selman Field, the only complete navigation school of the Army-Air Corps.) They’ve worn them once a year since 2015 (and added a matching helmet in 2021). The real question is why they wore them a second time yesterday (having already donned them for their Nov 5 contest vs Texas State).

    Hey Wade! As a member of the Golden Hawks (squash, not football), and an Axemen and Golden Bears (x2) graduate, thank you for your reporting and perspectives on the CUUW! Already looking forward to next season!

    Thanks DJ! You are well-travelled in Canada as a member of those schools. Looking forward to it again and what new looks may come from the schools.

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