Through the first 33 games of the Dino Babers era, the Syracuse Orange had never repeated the same uniform combination within the same season. But all of that changed for game 34, according to a Wednesday night Twitter post:
Classic colors. pic.twitter.com/M9Arq7GQMi— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) November 8, 2018
Syracuse will wear the “classic” look of orange helmets, blue jerseys and orange pants against the Louisville Cardinals this Friday. The Carrier Dome matchup is Senior Day, and Dino himself said last week that this was the only game where he picks the uniforms... so we appreciate him prioritizing SU actually looking like the ORANGE for this latest game on national television.
As mentioned, it’s the first time Syracuse has worn the same combination twice in one season since Babers took over (start of 2016). The Orange last wore these duds back in week two against the Wagner Seahawks (a 62-10 victory). With Dino back off the controls for week 11’s game in the Bronx against
the Frankenstein Yankees Notre Dame, I shudder to think about the #PLATINUM likely trotted out for that game. Alas...
Obviously Syracuse has worn this combination a few times since first unveiling this uniform set in 2014. They’re 3-4 the previous seven times they’ve worn the orange/blue/orange set (currently tied for the most of any combination), with one consecutive win, against Wagner. Last year, they lost the one “classic” game to MTSU.
Perhaps impressively (to some), SU has managed to be pretty orange this year, wearing two or more orange items in five of 10 games. These past two weeks weren’t orange at all (all-blue, then all-white), but the rest of the season’s been pretty good about keeping the school colors front and center.
SU is 11-23 since 2014 in the orange helmets, and 3-2 this season. The blue jerseys are 6-12 overall, while they’re 2-0 (Wagner, NC State) in 2018. And the orange pants are 11-12 in total, and 4-0 this season — a win here would put them at .500! (the orange jerseys are the only individual uniform element over .500 since 2014)
Happy? Unimpressed? Wish I’d stop referring to these as “classic” uniforms and then proceed to post a thousand pictures of Donovan McNabb? Do any and all of that below.