Oklahoma Sooners are ready to #BringTheWood.
Oklahoma football and Nike have teamed up to introduce an additional set of uniforms that the Sooners will be able to supplement with their regular home and road uniforms which they will continue to utilize.
You can see these new unis in person by grabbing OU football tickets from Totally Tickets.
This uniform unveiling for Nike has a different feeling to it because it is not a total uniform overhaul.
Oklahoma is a storied football program and has classic uniforms that should not be touched.
With the Sooners allowing Nike to create “alternate” uniforms that can be utilized for both home and away games, it satisfies Nike’s agenda to give every school a set of uniforms that tells a story. It also gives Oklahoma football the opportunity to wow its recruits with more uniforms.
It’s a win-win for both parties in my opinion, and I really like what Nike did with the new alternate uniforms.
— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) July 1, 2014
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) July 1, 2014
The first thing that catches your eye is the wood grain pattern that can be seen throughout the entire uniform from the helmet to the pants. Some won’t like it but I think it’s something that is subtle and adds something to the uniform.
The uniforms are Nike’s newest template with horn like vent areas on both sides of the chest. It also features the fly-wire collar which is very thick with “OU” on the middle of the collar.
The pants have “OU” top side of the pants which include striping. The striping does not go the entire length of the pants. It starts below the “OU” because of the Nike template.
Two helmets are featured in what Nike is calling the “Rough Rider” uniforms. One is wood grain crimson with a cream stripe down the middle. The other is a cream helmet with a crimson wood grain stripe down the middle.
Both helmets are nice but I really think the cream helmet will look great. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Sooners to go with a white lid for their regular uniforms.
The Rough Riders who were probably the first U.S. volunteer calvary were later called the Boomers. The word “Boomer” can be found on the front of the helmet.
Nike also placed an importance on the Bud Wilkinson era of Oklahoma football.
From 1953-1957, Oklahoma strung together a 47-game win streak which is an NCAA record for most consecutive wins. During that streak, Oklahoma won two national championships (1955, 1956).
To pay tribute to the Bud Wilkinson era, Nike gave the uniforms three unique aspects that do just that.
- On the inner neckline of the uniforms, players will see “47 Straight” embroidered to remind them of the dominance that was shown by Oklahoma during that era.
- The helmets feature a single stripe that was also worn by teams during the Wilkinson era. The Sooners regular helmet does not currently feature any stripes.
- The base layer is made to look like one worn regularly by the old ball coach. It’s a clean and classic base layer that should invoke pride in the players that put it on.
Finally, the font on the uniform are a modern take on popular lettering at the turn of the 20th century.
Overall, the Sooners got a nice “alternate” upgrade and they should be pleasing to the eye, especially recruits.