In time for Saturday's big game at M&T Bank Stadium against West Virginia—and an ESPNU television audience—the University of Maryland football team will be break out their latest "Maryland Pride" uniforms designed by Baltimore-based Under Armour.
The new gear comes as the Terps are playing some of their best football in years, starting the season 3-0—and favored to beat the 2-1 Mountaineers, who lead the series 26-21-2. And yup, that makes this the 50th meeting on the gridiron between the two schools.
Personally, I like the all-red look. Makes a powerful statement. The helmets (and uniform sleeves) pull in the state's black and gold colors and images from the Maryland flag in a way that blends tradition and a cool, modern look. I even like the cleats and socks—nearly all red with touches of black and gold.
Two years ago, Maryland and Under Armour created some national buzz when they broke out wild (some said garish) uniforms for a nationally televised game against Miami. I think they may do it again.
More than anything though, let's hope Maryland QB C.J. Brown and wide receiver Stefon Diggs like the uniforms and hook up for a couple of stylish touchdowns this weekend.
We already know Maryland alum Torrey Smith likes the new uniforms:
"It makes me wish I was still at Maryland when I see this uniforms," Smith said at a Terp press conference previewing the new gear. "It is really special to be a part of this great University. As for the uniforms, when you look good and you feel good then you play good."
Baltimore wrote about Under Armour's expansion and Locust Point operations and campus in August.