The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl kicks off January 3 and will feature a highly anticipated matchup between 11-1 teams when the Oregon Ducks take on the Kansas State Wildcats. Today, the Fiesta Bowl revealed on Twitter (@FiestaBowl) the uniforms that each team will be wearing during the game, and they perfectly reflect the contrasting styles and philosophies of the two teams squaring off.
For K-State, they will be wearing the same, classic uniform that they’ve worn all season long. The only addition is the Fiesta Bowl patch on the right shoulder. What else would you expect from the sure and steady Wildcats led by a plodder at quarterback in Collin Klein and an old-school head coach in Bill Snyder? They aren’t going to wow anybody with flash, but they bring more than enough substance on the field to make up for it.
Oregon, on the other hand, has made a name for themselves by pushing the envelope in uniform fashion for years. The Fiesta Bowl will be no exception. The Ducks will roll into Glendale in a road white uniform with the stylized number font and wing pattern on the shoulders that we’ve seen from them regularly over the last couple seasons. The wrinkle this time, however, is that the numbers and feathers change colors depending on the angle they are looked at.
Last season, Oregon was the talk of the bowl season when they debuted their silver-chrome helmets in the Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers. This season, they’ve moved on to chameleon paint jobs on their jerseys and (presumably) their helmets as well.
Will the flash of the uniform translate to some spark on the field? Oregon has routinely backed up their outrageous fashion choices with spectacular play on the field and they’ll look to continue that trend against Kansas State this year.
So the uniform choices of the teams reflect the styles with which they’ll play on the field. Old school versus new school, classic simplicity versus new-age flash. Who you got?