Though it was expected as the lower-ranked team, Ohio State officially announced on Friday it will be wearing the road version of its 1968 throwback uniform during Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship against Alabama.
It’s the same uniform the Buckeyes wore in the Sugar Bowl win over Clemson earlier this month, as well as their 2015 Sugar Bowl victory over the Crimson Tide on their way to the inaugural CFP title.
Another good omen for Ohio State is that the team wearing its white jersey in the national championship has won five straight games. Then again, the only time during the CFP era that the team wearing its colored jersey won the title was when the Buckeyes knocked off Oregon in the inaugural championship game in 2015, as the Ducks opted to wear white despite being the higher-ranked team.
That streak probably should have come to an end last year, but LSU is one of just two Football Bowl Subdivision programs that typically and traditionally wears white at home (Georgia Tech being the other) and did just that in its win over Clemson in the national championship, creating the lone home-vs-home uniform matchup of the CFP era.
Alabama is notably 0-2 while wearing its home uniform in the CFP national championship, with losses in 2017 and 2019, but are 2-0 in white, with wins in 2016 and 2018. The Crimson Tide will obviously wear their crimson jersey on Monday evening.
Kickoff for the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Ohio State is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Photo courtesy of @OhioStateFB on Twitter.