We’ve known for nearly a week now that Michigan and Washington would be facing each other in college football’s national championship game tomorrow night. Now we know what they’ll be wearing — and frankly, it’s a bit disappointing.
The Wolverines, as the higher-seeded squad, are the designated home team, and they’ve announced that they’ll be going mono-navy — a combo sometimes referred to as the “big game blues.” As of this writing, the Huskies haven’t yet announced anything, but Niko Tamurian, sports director for the Seattle-based KOMO News, is reporting that they’ll go mono-white.
Considering the various pants possibilities — yellow for Michigan and either gold or purple for Washington — this will be a much worse-looking game than it could have been. (Yes, I know most people refer to Michigan’s color as “maize,” but that’s just branding. Back here in the real world, it’s yellow, so that’s what I prefer to call it.)
As it happens, the first time Michigan ever went mono-navy was for a 2021 home game against Washington. The Huskies went white over purple for that game, which they lost, so that may explain why they’re instead going mono-white for tomorrow’s game.
According to this article, Michigan has gone 15-1 overall when pairing the navy jerseys with the navy pants, including 4-0 this season. But they varied the sock colors in those four games, wearing yellow socks against Indiana, white socks against Purdue, and navy socks — the color they’ll be wearing tomorrow — when facing Bowling Green and Ohio State.
Both teams will wear the CFP 2024 logo patch.
Washington is outfitted by Adidas, whose maker’s mark will be appearing in a CFP national championship game for the first time. Michigan is outfitted by Nike but wears the Jordan maker’s mark, which will also be making its CFP national championship debut.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30pm Eastern tomorrow.
(My thanks to Phil for his assistance with this report.)