The Memphis Tigers come to Birmingham with a 9-3 record, after losing three of their four games on the season. Memphis has recently become a team that likes to play around with their uniform elements. A few years back they added a couple of chrome helmets, and have since expounded upon those. This season, the Tigers have worn a multitude of helmets. Their opening game against Missouri State saw Missouri trot out in matte blue helmets with a chrome M and tiger logo. The following week's game against Kansas saw a matte blue lid with chrome M on one side with the player's number on the other. For their big Thursday night matchup against Cincinnati, Memphis wore their all grey uniforms paired with their matte blue helmet featuring chrome tiger stripes, similar to the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Told you Memphis wore a lot of different helmets this year. As you can see in these photos, they're not afraid to pair them with any of their uniforms - blue, white, dark grey, and a light grey pair of pants. What Memphis decides to wear in Birmingham is a toss up. Interestingly enough, the first press conference between coaches from Auburn and Alabama shortly after the matchup was announced might have teased what the Memphis Tigers might wear. At the podium were the two helmets of the participating teams, like normal nowadays. The Memphis helmet was a matte black lid with chrome blue tiger stripes and a chrome blue facemask. Memphis's first practice in Birmingham confirmed they were going to wear these new helmets.
|Memphis Tiger Network|
Hey, I never said I sugarcoat these things...
Even more depressing is Auburn's recent record in games played in Birmingham. Since 1985, Auburn sports a 4-7 record in Birmingham, all of which are Iron Bowls. Auburn has 3 of those wins in the white tops, unfortunately paired with 5 losses. The last time the Tigers played a team not named Alabama in Birmingham was a 1978 win over Tennessee. The last time Auburn wore white against a non-Alabama team? 1970 against Mississippi State, a game the Tigers won 56-0. Birmingham hasn't been the kindest of cities to Auburn.
|Chad Pepper, The Corner News|
Hopefully the Birmingham Bowl sees some nice weather for once and we're treated to a good game. At least we know one set of Tigers will be looking their best!
Here's our first look at Auburn's bowl jerseys. Patch placement in same position as the Chick-fil-a Bowl in September.
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Random Bowl Uniform Tidbits
- Speaking of templates, Auburn went 4-0 in the original template, and 1-2 with the tapered stripe template.
- Auburn's bowl records by uniform color are:
- Blue - 16-6-1
- White - 5-8-0
- Orange - 2-1-1
- You can view a near complete history of all the field designs from every bowl game Auburn has played in on this site.