Why Washington and Oregon are both wearing home uniforms in Autzen Stadium


When people talk about home and homes in college football, it isn’t usually in relation to the jersey matchup.

Washington and Oregon bucked that trend Saturday in Eugene, with both sides wearing their home jerseys instead of Oregon wearing their home colors and Washington wearing their traditional road whites.

The reason is simple: Contrast. Because Oregon decided to wear their highlighter-yellow jerseys, Washington contacted the Pac-12 and asked to wear their home purples instead. According to Mike Vorel, the Pac-12 approved.

Adding to the starkness was the fact both teams donned the same-colored pants as their tops, resulting in an extremely stark contrast.

Your mileage on this look will vary, but at least we got some decent jokes out of it.

MORE: Oregon vs. Washington betting odds and prediction

It harkens back to the earliest years of the NFL’s color rush jerseys, when we got the Ketchup-Mustard Game between the Rams and Buccaneers or the Christmas Game between the Jets and Bills.

Jets vs. Bills, of course, turned out to have very real-world ramifications as color-blind fans were utterly lost regarding what was going onto the field.

This jersey matchup works as a gimmick, but it’s not something football fans need all the time. 

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