Ohio State football is wearing alternate, Color Rush scarlet jerseys. Here's a look at past OSU alternates
The Ohio State football team will wear a jersey combo that they’ve never worn before when they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions at 7:30 p.m. Saturday inside Ohio Stadium.
The hope is that the Nike Color Rush scarlet jerseys match all the shirts inside the Horseshoe as Ohio State is pushing fans to “Scarlet the Shoe” against Penn State.
The jerseys should pop out like tie on a fancy suit. While the helmets will be the same, the jerseys will be scarlet tops and scarlet pants and even scarlet shoes.
Ohio State has done alternate jerseys before, but this look -- perhaps a bloody ode to Halloween on Sunday -- is one they’ve yet to wear.
On ESPN College GameDay, co-host Lee Corso picked the Buckeyes, citing the all scarlet jerseys.
Ohio State teased the look on Twitter earlier this week:
Here's what the Shoe could look like on Saturday:
Take a look at Ohio State's scarlet Color Rush jerseys
While Ohio State is no Oregon, which ironically is the only team to beat the Buckeyes entering Week 9, Ohio State has had some different jerseys over the years.
Let's take a look.
Ohio State football alternate jersey history
The first time wearing an alternate jersey was in 2009 against Michigan. The Buckeyes won 21-10.
A year later, Ohio State beat Michigan 37-7 wearing scarlet tops and helmets and grey pants.
On Oct. 29, 2011, Ohio State upset No. 12 Wisconsin wearing alternate jerseys:
In 2012, Urban Meyer became the coach and Ohio State went back to the alternate look against Michigan. They won 26-21.
They wore those similar jerseys in 2013 when they beat Penn State 63-14.
That same season, Ohio State again wore those alternates, but this time they wore white.
Ohio State wore the similar alternate jerseys in losses to Clemson in the 2014 Orange Bowl and at home to Virginia Tech in 2014. They went back to the white versions against Penn State on Oct. 25 and won 31-24 in overtime.
In the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl against Alabama, Ohio State wore Nike Diamond Quest uniforms to honor the 1968 national championship team. They won, obviously.
They wore the scarlet version against Oregon a few days later to win the first College Football Playoff championship.
The Buckeyes wildest alternate jersey may have come on Oct. 17, 2015 against Penn State. The Buckeyes wore all black. No.1 Ohio State won 38-10.
In 2016, against Nebraska, No. 6 Ohio State beat the No. 10 Cornhuskers 62-3. The jerseys were, uh, different.
The black helmets returned against Michigan that season. And Ohio State beat the Wolverines in overtime 30-27.
Maybe it's not a surprise that Ohio State is wearing alternate jerseys against Penn State in 2021. Because they've done so before. In 2017, Ohio State went grey in a 39-38 win.
They wore similar jerseys but white against Michigan that season. They won 31-20.
Ohio State wore the all-black jerseys and helmets twice more, once against Nebraska in 2018 and against Michigan in 2019. They modified their 1968 throwback jerseys in the 2021 playoff games earlier this year.
Will Ohio State wear alternate jerseys again in 2021?
The Buckeyes announced their Penn State jerseys very earlier this month but have not announced any other games wearing their traditional look:
Up next for Ohio State football: The Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio State will travel to Nebraska on Nov. 6 to face the Cornhuskers. It will be Ohio State's fourth road game of the year and second Big Ten West of the season. Ohio State opened the season in Minneapolis with a win over Minnesota in Week 1.
A game time for the Ohio State-Nebraska game will be announced on Sunday.
The Buckeyes will face the Cornhuskers at noon, 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m., according to a team spokesman. The network is to be determined.
Nebraska played Purdue on Saturday.
2021 Ohio State Buckeye football schedule
Here is a look at the Ohio State schedule.
- Sept. 2: Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31
- Sept. 11: Oregon 35, Ohio State 28
- Sept. 18: Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20
- Sept. 25: Ohio State 59, Akron 7
- Oct. 2: Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13
- Oct. 9: Ohio State 66, Maryland 17
- Oct. 23: Ohio State 54, Indiana 7
- Oct. 30: Penn State, 7:30 p.m.
- Nov. 6: at Nebraska, TBA
- Nov. 13: Purdue, TBA
- Nov. 20: Michigan State, TBA
- Nov. 27: at Michigan, 12 p.m., FOX