Illinois revealed its new football uniforms for 2014 on Wednesday night and we like the all-white look.
The uniforms are part of a rebranding for the entire athletic department, which showcased different looks for all of its sports. The three football uniform sets paraded around were all monochromatic and included a blue, an orange and a white set.
We're going to guess the all-one-color groups are not the only options for the Illini, which would mean there are 27 different possible uniform combinations among helmets, jerseys and pants. So yes, if Illinois wanted to, it could mix and match for two years and not wear the same combination twice.
The rebranding is part of a "respect the past, represent the future" campaign from the school and Nike, which is similar to the theme Syracuse invoked when revealing its new uniforms earlier Wednesday.
The edge to in the orange-and-blue battle goes to Illinois and it's not even close. Unlike Syracuse, the Illini did a good job of utilizing all three colors and the numbers don't look deformed.
If we do have a quibble, it's that the new font featured in the posed pictures above looks very similar to the font utilized by Mizzou, its state-school neighbor to the west and another Nike school. But the football version of the rivalry is on ice after the schools last played in 2010. We won't be having a gridiron font fight in the near future.
- - - - - - -