The gloves on LSU's 2011 Nike Pro Combat uniform are so very, very LSU. (Image Courtesy of Nike)
White is black. Green is gold. And everything is sort of dingy. Army, Navy, LSU, Michigan State, Ohio State and Stanford have all received wardrobe revamps, which we’re apparently still supposed to call a “system of dress.” Right. (Observe with closeness all the various and sundry ways in which these six lucky teams will be able to draw all sorts of new personal fouls thanks to Nike’s bottomless well of glove creativity.) It can only be the latest round of Pro Combat college football getups, the high- and lowlights of which are chronicled below.
• You can’t spell “Lisa Frank uniforms” without “LSU.” “Old Gold,” an official LSU school color (shared with Week 3 opponent West Virginia), isn’t a hue that’s seen a lot of play recently in the Bayou Bengals’ richly-hued yet glaring yellow pants and helmets. But it’s making a comeback here as an accent color, and everything about this collection seems largely unremarkable. That is, until you come to the players’ hands, and OMG THE GLOVES. BEHOLD THESE GLOVES. Lisa Frank’s not dead; she’s frozen in time, and has just been unfrozen for this very special mission. I cannot overstate my love for these things. They are so, so very LSU, in the very best of ways, and will be worth every unsportsmanlike penalty they draw, and they will draw many.