The No. 15 Mississippi State Bulldogs unveiled all-white commemorative uniforms for its SEC showdown with No. 16 Texas A&M, but after losing handily to the Aggies, the Bulldogs should forever keep the alternate unis in the proverbial vault.
Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab notes that the uniforms were used to commemorate the meeting between these two schools in the 2000 Independence Bowl, which was a 43-41 overtime victory for the Bulldogs.
The game was dubbed the “Snow Bowl” due to the miserable weather during the contest. While Mississippi State walked away from that game with fond memories, this year’s matchup with Texas A&M produced several moments that the Bulldogs and their fans would rather forget.
The Aggies shut out the Bulldogs during the first half, leaving the crowd in Starkville, Miss. dead silent. Johnny Manziel lead the offense to 38 unanswered points, and the freshman quarterback completed 30-of-36 passes for 311 yards while adding 129 yards and two touchdowns on 21 rushing attempts.
The game mercifully ended with a final score of 38-13.
The uniforms are obviously not the reason for this loss, but there still isn’t any reason to bring them back out in the future.
While this new look is not nearly as ugly as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ sad attempt to shake things up with their uniforms in a recent contest, it is also not a visually stunning work of art that will be memorable or iconic.
It is the type of uniform that makes college football fans flipping through Saturday’s games say, “Hey, Mississippi State is wearing different uniforms.”
There is nothing about the uniforms that should cause a significant amount of enthusiasm, and there was certainly nothing about the Bulldogs’ performance while wearing them to create excitement. This leaves no reason for Mississippi State to bring back the jersey its players were wearing when being blown out for the second consecutive game.
Schwab notes that the team will wear similar uniforms on November 24th against Ole Miss. The numbers on the jerseys will be gold instead of silver, and the team’s helmets will not match the white uniforms. Hopefully, these small adjustments can help lead to big changes in the way the team performs in that contest.