A New Look for NIU’s Orange Bowl Debut

Written By:  •  Thursday, December 27, 2012

The BCS bowls provide the biggest stage for teams to unveil new uniforms and North Illinois had nothing to lose in debuting something fresh for its first-ever BCS game.

The Huskies will wear an Adidas Techfit jersey, desingned to be 30 percent lighter than a traditional jersey with new fabrics, lightweight numbers and ventilation zones.

The NIU “away” look features a white top with a new custom-designed front that offers a red NIU above silver numbers on the chest and shoulders. The look completes with a black helmet, red pants, red/white crew socks and black cleats.

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Tim Newcomb

Tim Newcomb is a journalist based in the Pacific Northwest covering news, culture, sports design and entertainment. He has written on uniforms and sports logos for TIME Magazine, Sports Illustrated and more. You can follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb. Visit his website here.

  • Aaron

    The front letters are too big for the front of a football jersey. The numbers are cool though.

  • Mark

    That is amazing

  • Steve Cramsie

    God awful. These colleges are starting to look like flag football teams with these overly-designed monstrosities.

  • Josh

    Um … it’s Northern Illinois, not North.

  • Benny

    Is there actually a 40 yard line graphic on the crotch or is that just ian effect n the promotional pictures?

    • Jj

      An effect

  • Jj


  • Bubbles

    Brutal. What ever happened to stripes and block numbers. I hate that college football caters to 18 year olds while everyone over 30 is forced to endure the reincarnation of the XFL.

  • Damon Selman

    For a BCS buster like NIU, the uniforms will look great if they win, but look awful if they lose. It is so-so as it is.

  • Mike L

    Victor E. will raise a leg on these. NIU class of ’77

  • ingmar66

    Horrible. Glad I do not have to watch these in action. Poor Huskies fans.