Set to face Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks on New Year's Day in the 2013 Outback Bowl, the Michigan Wolverines officially unveiled their brand new helmet and uniform combinations on Tuesday specifically for the game.
Designed by Adidas, the new white jersey features blue shoulder plates with a large block 'M' on each side. The phrase, "It's Great To Be A Michigan Wolverine," will be imprinted on the inner lining of both the jersey and team undershirts, and both an Outback Bowl logo and Big Ten logo sit on opposite sides of the front chest on the jersey. The helmet, which only received a moderate retouch with a slightly altered navy finish, will feature Michigan's unmistakable maize wings as many have come to expect.
Michigan seniors will have one final opportunity to suit up, and a number of team leaders like senior safety Jordan Kovacs are excited to wear a different uniform for such an important game to end their careers.
"We enjoy wearing unique uniforms for special games, and that's what it is for us seniors and this team," Kovacs said. "It will be fun going out and playing for Michigan one last time in these uniforms."
The Wolverines famously wore their Under The Lights jerseys against Notre Dame in a thrilling win back on Sept. 10 of last season. in that game, quarterback Denard Robinson racked up 446 yards of offense and five scores to stun the Irish. While critics around the sport will likely groan about the Wolverines introducing a new uniform, it's clear that athletic director Dave Brandon is merely trying to find a way to send his seniors off in style.