Michigan won the first time it went retro this season, so why not try it again against Michigan State?
As a surprise, coach Brady Hoke placed the throwback jerseys the Wolverines wore against Notre Dame at the beginning of the season in the player's lockers to greet them when they came back inside the locker room after warming up for Saturday's rivalry game against the Spartans. Players originally warmed up in their road jerseys and had no idea Hoke was going to pull the pregame switch.
"Our players really enjoyed the uniforms from the night game with Notre Dame so we decided to surprise them and the country with a new-look design for the Michigan State game," Hoke said. "This is such a great in-state rivalry that we decided to honor the former players that played in this game."
The uniforms were a compilation of several eras of Michigan football and the shirts underneath the jerseys had "Victors" on the left bicep and "Valiant" on the right. The team's white pants were a throwback to the 1974-75 seasons when the team wore all white on the road.
Unfortunately, the uniforms seemed to have to opposite effect than Hoke intended as Michigan played one of its worst games of the season and fell 28-14 to its rival, the fourth consecutive time the Spartans claimed the Paul Bunyan Trophy.