Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 Ole Miss Football Uniforms Season Review

In their very successful 2015 campaign, the Rebels started off the season with some uniform experimentation but by the end of the season had settled down back to their traditional looks.  In 2014, the Rebels wore a school record 8 different combos.  In 2015, it appeared that they were going to break that record.  They wore different combos in each of the first six weeks, and by their ninth game had tied the record of 8 different combos.  However, the Rebels had settled down by that point (they wore gray pants in their last 8 and 10 of their last 11 games) and ended the season with only eight combos.

Before the season, the Rebels made a couple of small changes to their uniform lineup.  The SEC patches on the red and white (with red) jerseys were changed from navy to red, rendering all four of the Rebels' jerseys completely two-color.  Additionally, the Rebel's plain white pants were replaced by pants with a double-red stripe.  Said pants were worn in the season opener and then never seen again.  The only other significant uniform change for the Rebels this year was the increased use of the powder blue helmet.  Brought back last year for the first time in decades, it was worn four times this year and used in two different combinations.


Game by Game Breakdown:

Week 1: UT Martin- Navy/Red/White.  Debut (and only appearance) of new white pants.
Week 2: Fresno State- Navy/Navy/Navy.  Annual all navy game.
Week 3: at Alabama- Powder/RWhite/Gray. 2015 debut of powder blues.  First time in this combo in 21 years.
Week 4: Vanderbilt- Powder/Red/Gray.  Scheduled powder blue game.
Week 5: at Florida- Navy/NWhite/Navy. Only game in white with navy jerseys.
Week 6: New Mexico State- Navy/Navy/Gray.  6th combo in 6 games.
Week 7: at Memphis- Powder/RWhite/Gray.  First repeat combo.
Week 8: Texas A&M- Navy/Red/Gray.  First appearance of traditional combo.
Week 9: at Auburn- Navy/RWhite/Gray.  Tied record of 8 combos.
Week 10- Arkansas- Navy/Navy/Gray.  Second repeat combo.
Week 12- LSU- Third repeat combo.
Week 13- Mississippi State- Navy/RWhite/Gray- Fourth repeat combo.
Sugar Bowl- vs Oklahoma State- Powder/Red/Gray- Classic combo for Sugar Bowl return.  Fifth repeat combo.

Stats:

Helmets:

Navy: 9 games.  7-2 Record
Powder Blue: 4 games.  3-1 Record

Jerseys:

Red: 5 games.  5-0 Record
Navy: 3 games.  2-1 Record
White with Red: 4 games.  3-1 Record
White with Navy: 1 games.  0-1 Record

Pants:

Gray: 10 games.  8-2 Record
Navy: 2 games.  1-1 Record
White: 1 game.  1-0 Record

Combos:

Powder/Red/Gray: 2 games.  2-0 Record
Navy/Red/Gray: 2 games.  2-0 Record
Navy/RWhite/Gray: 2 games.  2-0 Record
Navy/Navy/Gray: 2 games.  1-1 Record
Powder/RWhite/Gray: 2 games.  1-1 Record
Navy/Red/White: 1 game.  1-0 Record
Navy/Navy/Navy: 1 game.  1-0 Record
Navy/NWhite/Navy: 1 game.  0-1 Record

2016 Sugar Bowl: vs Oklahoma State- 48-20 Win

In their dominating Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma State, the Rebels went classic, wearing their powder blue helmets for the fourth time this year and the second time with the red jerseys.  According to Twitter, it was Archie Manning who chose the popular uniform combo.

Special for the Sugar Bowl, the Powder Blues had metallic decals.  It made for a cool effect up close but was unnoticeable from a distance.

Powder Blue Helmet
Red Jersey
Gray Pants

Game Photos:

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Week 13: 2015 Egg Bowl- 38-27 Win

The Rebels will finish the regular season at only 8 combos this season, electing to wear their traditional navy-white(with red)-gray road uniform in the Egg Bowl.  I was a bit disappointed not to see the powder blues again, or to ever again see the the white pants with red stripes that were worn only in the season opener vs UT Martin.

This will be the first time the Rebels have worn this combination in their current template in the Egg Bowl.  They last wore navy-white(with red)-gray in the 2011 Egg Bowl; in 2013, they not only wore the white (with navy) jersey and white pants, but removed the red stripe from the helmet.

Navy Helmet
White (with Red) Jersey
Gray Pants

Game Photos:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Week 12: LSU- 38-17 Win

The Rebels will stay at 8 combos on the season this weekend, wearing the Navy Helmet, Red Jersey, and Gray Pants together for the second time this season.  LSU, on the other hand, is breaking out a surprise new combo: All White, using the white helmets and pants they wore with the purple jerseys vs South Carolina earlier in the year.

Navy Helmet
Red Jersey
Gray Pants

Game Photos:

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Week 10: Arkansas- 52-53 Loss (OT)

The Rebels will wear a repeat combo for the second time this year in their home game vs Arkansas.  The navy jersey will be worn for the third time, and for the second time with the navy helmet and gray pants.

Navy Helmet
Navy Jersey
Gray Pants

Game Photos:

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Week 9: at Auburn- 27-19 Win

The Rebels finally wore their traditional navy-rwhite-gray road combo for the first time this year in their week 9 game at Auburn.  It was the record-tying (last year) 8th combo of the year for the Rebels.  With 4 games left (including a bowl game), it is very likely that the record will be broken with a 9th combo at some point.

Navy Helmet
White (with Red) Jersey
Gray Pants

Game Photos:

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Week 8: Texas A&M- 23-3 Win

It took 8 weeks, but the Rebels finally wore their traditional navy-red-gray combo.  It is their 7th combo of the year; thus-far the Rebels are one short of last year's record of 8 combos in a season.

Navy Helmets
Red Jersey
Gray Pants

Game Photos: