The 2019-20 college football season comes to a conclusion on Monday evening when No. 1 LSU meets third-ranked Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship (8 p.m. on ESPN).
But before the Tigers go to battle in New Orleans, we’ve decided to take a look back at the uniform matchups of five previous playoff title games and preview tonight’s matchup.
Fourth-ranked Ohio State wore the home version of its 1968 throwback uniforms despite being the lower-ranked team, while No. 2 Oregon opted to wear a white and gray rendition of its apple green Rose Bowl set. Both uniforms featured a fractal diamond Swoosh on the jersey and pants, which has been a staple of the playoff since it’s inception.
In their first meeting in the College Football Playoff, No. 1 Clemson wore its orange jersey with orange britches against Alabama, which donned its standard road set as the nation’s second-ranked team.
Round two between Alabama and Clemson had both teams outfitted in the opposite uniforms of their first matchup, as the top-ranked Crimson Tide were in their standard home set while the Tigers wore white jerseys with orange britches as the No. 2 seed. This game also had the inverse result.
Despite not winning its division — let alone its conference — Alabama returned to the national championship for the third straight season in 2018 as the No. 4 team in the country. The Tide faced SEC champion Georgia, which wore its home uniform by virtue of being the higher seed (3).
Aside from the change in venue, the national championship game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson looked the exact same as their previous title game matchup. It was the same result, too.
In a bit of an interesting twist, both No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Clemson will don their home uniforms in tonight’s game. The Bayou Bengals typically wear white at home, which will allow the other Tigers to go with their all-orange getup.
In doing so, LSU actually received the 2020 College Football Playoff patch that is reserved for the team wearing a colored jersey. The Tigers will also wear said patch on their right shoulder, whereas every other national championship participant — including their opponent tonight — have worn it on the left.
One additional difference between this year’s national championship and those in the past is the lack of black end zones. That, too, has been a staple of the playoff staple but the Superdome’s grounds crew went a different direction for tonight’s game.
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