Iowa will be featuring new alternate uniforms on Saturday night as they host Minnesota in the Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale. Not only that, the Hawkeyes will try to remain undefeated under the lights in Kinnick Stadium in front of the first sellout crowd of the year that will be engaging in a 'black-out'. The game will also be a part of a full day of action at Kinnick Stadium as the Grapple on the Gridiron will take place earlier. The Hawkeyes' wrestling squad will host top ranked Oklahoma State in front of nearly 40,000 fans (or more) inside the football stadium.
It's a day that could be a very memorable one for the Hawkeye faithful but the uniforms will take center stage on Saturday night. The all-black unis have already been seen by the players and the change of pace will be refreshing.
"I think it's cool," quarterback C.J. Beathard said of wearing the new althernate uniforms on Saturday night. "It's going to be awesome. They're cool uniforms. It's cool when we get to wear something different. It's a nice change of pace. It's been a while since we wore new uniforms."
"It will be nice to change it up a little bit," center Austin Blythe mentioned about the new look. "I'm not a huge uniform guy. You put it on and you wear it. It's about the uniform you represent. You represent what you wear, especially the name on the front.
"I'm definitely excited (about the alternate uniforms)," noted offensive lineman Jordan Walsh. "From what I heard, they look pretty cool. I've seen them. They look cool."
"They look pretty sweet," running back LeShun Daniels shared. "I think everyone will like them. I know that we like them a lot. It's good to mix it up a bit. It's going to be good for us."
Now, Austin Blythe's excitement didn't exactly measure up to that of Beathard, Walsh, or Daniels. It doesn't register too high on the scale of excitement for him. His quarterback categorized his offensive line group in terms of their mannerisms.
"I think some of the offensive line is just kind of basic," Beathard jokingly noted. "They just go out there and do whatever."
Iowa does have one of the rare, classical uniforms that are still used in college footballs. It is up there with Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, USC, Oklahoma, Texas, Stanford, UCLA, Penn State, etc in terms of historical relevance, classical feel, and tradition. That resonates with a few of the Hawkeyes players, notably Blythe.
"I agree (on the clean, classical look that Iowa has)," Blythe shared. "It's just simple. We don't need to be too flashy. It's the personality of our team. The way we win isn't flashy but at the end of the day we get the job done."
"Yeah, I like that about Iowa," Beathard discussed about the traditional uniforms that Iowa wears. "There's not a lot of teams that stay true to who they are and who they've been in the past. Iowa is one of those programs that stays true to their uniforms."
The atmosphere should be pretty special in Kinnick Stadium Saturday night with the first sellout crowd of the year, a 'blackout', the uniforms, and comes after the wrestling meet between two notorious programs. It culminates in the battle for Floyd of Rosedale. The players are looking forward to it.
"I'm definitely (excited)," Jordan Walsh commented. "Any night game at Kinnick is something special. Last year Wisconsin, this year Pitt, and this year again Minnesota. It's going to be fun."
"It's going to be exciting," LeShun Daniels stated. "There's a wrestling meet in the morning. Having fans come back that evening for the night game. It's going to be huge. It's going to be elctric. We have to keep the fans in it."