In Kentucky's five games thus far this season, the Wildcats have worn five different uniform combinations. The opening week game against Louisiana-Lafayette saw Kentucky in their traditional home uniforms, going with blue helmets, blue jerseys, and white pants. The week two game on the road at South Carolina was the inverse of the previous game, going white-white-blue. The Florida game is where UK started to change things up, breaking out the chrome helmets and grey pants, along with the blue tops. Missouri in week four saw the chrome blue helmets for the first time this season, along with the grey tops and blue bottoms. The last game that Kentucky played was against Eastern Kentucky, and once again saw the Wildcats in a pretty normal uniform combination, going white-blue-white.
Kentucky did make a small tweak to their logo this season, The school claims that each athletic team and all the gear will still don the old logo, while the new playing surfaces (new turf football field, basketball courts) will feature the new logo.
Thursday night will mark the first game of the season that Auburn will wear the brand new white tops. As mentioned many times, Auburn updated to the new Under Armour template, and we've already seen the blue jerseys for five games. Many people have wondered if this is the latest in a season that Auburn has broken out the white tops. It's close, but that record is actually held, in part, by the 2013 season, when the Tigers wore white for the first time on the road trip to Texas A&M. I wrote about it back then and you can read about it here.
Also mentioned before is that Auburn has standardized the base layers worn throughout the team. When Auburn revealed the new uniforms and new accessories in the off season, they only showcased the white uniforms with white accessories. We've seen the blue jerseys paired with each of the three sets of base layers, including a mixture of them (more on that in a bit). I'm sure we'll see Auburn wear all white from head to toe this week in Kentucky, but I'll be interested to see if they mix it up.
The last time Auburn and Kentucky met up was in 2010, Auburn's national championship season. That game saw an all-white vs all-blue uniform matchup, something I doubt we see again this Thursday, not with Kentucky's enjoyment of different uniform elements.
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Previous Game Review
The San Jose State game two weeks ago turned out to be a great looking match up. SJSU broke out their matte yellow helmets for the first time this season, and I loved them. The chrome decals on the helmets looked great in Jordan-Hare. The Spartans' star running back Tyler Evans got so much action that his nameplate started to fall off.
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