Christopher: It had to be W-O-W, didn’t it? I would have been completely shocked if they had debuted in anything else. Breaking out new threads and playing an FCS opponent just made this an easy call in my mind. Also, even though we’ve seen this combo for years and it’s not exactly inventive at this point, it’s still a clean look. The updated version looked fantastic. It’s a very cohesive combo top to bottom and this may be the best it’s ever looked. I may be in the minority here, but I like the new pants. The white version, in particular, is just really clean. They feel like they’re made for the icy white look, but their simplicity makes them great with just about anything we have. The white numbers on the jersey help pull everything together so much. The black trim on the jerseys and the black accents on the helmet are just absolutely perfect together.
Let’s talk about that helmet. Have mercy. First, let me say that I love that the white helmets are no longer the cue ball helmets of old. These are a much truer white than what OSU used to roll out there, and it makes every accent on the helmet look substantially better. I absolutely love the black facemask and stripe, and adding the bandana design on the front and back bumpers was pure genius. The reflective helmet sticker looked great as well and really made the orange brand pop. All in all, this helmet was not drastically different from what we’ve seen. The changes made were relatively small, but they had a sizeable, and positive, effect.
Another thing I loved about this look was it played well with a variety of accents. You want to run with a black undershirt like QB1 and James Washington? Looks great. You prefer white sleeves like Cornelius? Looks great. How about white tights like Jalen McCleskey or Blake Jarwin? Looks great. You get the idea. It also looked great without any added flair, just sporting the basic white socks and (mostly) white cleats. Overall, I thought this was a really solid way to break out the new threads and really the only way to go for Week 1. I expect to see this look from time to time going forward, maybe once per season, and I won’t be upset it.
Jake: It seems like every home opener and/or FCS game, the Cowboys break out the classic W-O-W threads. With that being said, they looked CRISP. Let’s take a close up look at the uni.
First of all, I was excited to see what the bandana on the new jersey would look like in person and I was not let down. I was skeptical back in the spring when the design was released but after having seen them on the field, I love the new jersey. The Sheriff’s badge on the front of the bandana looked great and was a nice touch. The jury is still out on how the black jersey will look but I expect we will find out sooner rather than later.
Now I’m not a fan of white helmets but what they did with making the logo reflective was pretty cool and made the helmet memorable. I wasn’t a fan of adding the bandana to the back of the helmet, I thought it was a little too much. Making the facemask and chinstrap black really added contrast and pulled the helmet together in my opinion. The helmet was nothing spectacular but I thought it was tastefully done. As much as I like the flashy helmets with Pete’s face on then, there is just something special about seeing that “OSU” in orange on the side of our helmets.
An underrated part of the uniform is the switch to white shoes and white socks, I think it looks really clean in combination with the white pants and helmets.
The best dressed award goes to Lenzy Pipkins this week. He impressed me in his Cowboy debut. From the white arm sleeves to the long white socks he looked fresh and played with a noticable swagger. You know what they say, look good, play good.
I cannot wait to see what the Cowboys roll out for Baylor in 3 weeks.