Mizzou set to unveil special Nike uniforms Saturday vs. BYU

COLUMBIA, Mo. – It all started back in 2007 when Mizzou Football wore white jerseys and gold pants as QB Chase Daniel led No. 4 Mizzou to a 36-28 victory over No. 2 Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium. That began a tradition that led to gold jerseys in 2008 and Nike Beast Mode uniforms in 2009. With Mizzou returning to Arrowhead for the first time since 2011 this Saturday against BYU, the Tigers will once again don special Nike uniforms to continue the tradition.

Prior to the season, Mizzou Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Don Barnes came up with a uniform concept that Mizzou had never worn: a white base jersey-pant combo with black numbers and an anthracite Tiger stripe overlay  accompanied by a white helmet equipped with a chrome secondary Tiger logo and facemask. The uniform combination will also feature gloves with the anthracite Tiger stripe pattern. Sticking with tradition, Barnes and the entire Football staff decided that Arrowhead would be the perfect place to unveil the new uniform combination.  Below is a look at the history of special uniforms worn at Arrowhead.


2007: In what was arguably the biggest game for Mizzou in the Big 12 era, Gary Pinkel and company decided to bring back a uniform combo that had been a fan favorite for years. Mizzou had not worn the gold-pant, white-jersey combo in years despite fans calling for Coach Pinkel to bring the look back. With the eyes of the nation on Arrowhead for a top-five showdown that November night in 2007, Mizzou surprised the fans with the gold pants and the rest was history. Mizzou went on to defeat Kansas, 36-28, and earn the No. 1 ranking in the country the following week.

2008: One year removed from surprising fans with the white-jersey, gold-pant look, Mizzou flipped the script and unveiled gold jerseys for the first time in years. The uniforms garnered such high praise from Mizzou fans that they were arguably the inspiration for one of the fans’ favorite current looks – gold jerseys and black pants.

2009: After the success that Mizzou Football had on the field both in 2007 and 2008, Nike chose Mizzou as one of 10 schools to wear special Pro Combat uniforms during the 2009 season. Mizzou chose to once again unveil these against Kansas at Arrowhead. Mizzou’s Pro Combat uniforms were called ‘Beast Mode’ and that moniker was embroidered on the collars of each jersey. Inspiration for the white jersey, anthracite pant and black-on-black helmet combo was the speed of a tiger and the fact that Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri is home to many of the nation’s stealth bombers. Black-on-black helmets and pants signified that speed and stealth-like nature. 

2015: Wanting to do something that had never been done at Mizzou, Barnes and his staff chose to go with this year’s look. As detailed above, the white-jersey, white-pant look is accompanied by a helmet with a chrome secondary Tiger logo and chrome face masks. The jerseys feature black numbers with an anthracite Tiger stripe overlay outlined in chrome.

The Whiteout set for Saturday is one of four uniform themes Mizzou put into place for the season, including the Tigers Stripe (now in its second season) and the annual #GoldRush and #Blackout games. The monochromatic uniform look will also be featured during Mizzou’s game vs. Tennessee next Saturday (Nov. 21) at Memorial Stadium. As in year’s past, the final home game of the season will serve as the team’s #Blackout game in which the Tigers will don all-black uniforms. The complete uniform combination for that game will be released Friday, Nov. 20.

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The Mizzou Tigers travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in the Nike uniform combination of white jerseys on white pants. If you can’t catch the game on SEC Network, follow along on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Mizzou Made Snapchat.

The Mizzou Tigers travel south to Athens, Georgia to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in the Nike uniform combination of white jerseys on black pants. If you can’t catch the game on SEC Network, follow along on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Mizzou Made Snapchat.

Mizzou Football breaks out the classic black on gold combination for the 104th Homecoming game in The ZOU!

Mizzou Football returns to The ZOU for the annual gold rush game in the exclusive Nike combination of gold jerseys, anthracite pants, and glossy black tiger helmet. Be at the Tiger Walk Bridge at 8:30am to greet the team! For all the latest on Mizzou Football follow the team on Twitter and like us on Instagram and Facebook.

Mizzou Football will wear white jerseys and gold pants with matte black helmets for its first Southeastern Conference game against the Kentucky Wildcats in Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 26, 2015. If you can’t make it to Lexington, watch live on SEC Network at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Mizzou returns to The ZOU for the annual Tiger Stripe game in all black uniforms to take on the University of Connecticut at 11:00am on ESPN. Check the Tiger Stripe map to find out what your section is wearing for the game.

Mizzou Football Senior Linebacker Clarence Green reveals the Nike uniform combination for the Tigers’ first road game in the 2015 season. If you can’t make it to Jonesboro to wear gold and yell “MIZ!” follow Mizzou Football on twitterinstagramFacebook and Snapchat (MizzouMade) while watching the game on ESPN3.

Mizzou Offensive Lineman Connor McGovern reveals the Nike uniform for the 2015 season opener in The ZOU on Saturday, September 5, 2015. If you won’t be in The ZOU, make sure to follow Mizzou Football on twitter, instagram, Facebook and Snapchat (MizzouMade) while watching the game on SEC Network Alternate.

In Mizzou Football’s second trip to Atlanta in two years, the back-to-back winners of the east division will be looking fierce at the SEC championship game this Saturday.

Mizzou will be wearing Nike’s lightweight gold pants, sleek black jerseys, and the traditional tiger head logo helmet. Mizzou Football will stick to its roots and wear a traditional Nike Uniform combination that showcases the Mizzou black and gold.

“We’re keeping it a classic look this week,” said senior defensive end Markus Golden. “We’re ready to get out there, we’re excited to play.”

Each Mizzou Football player has a lot on the line to play for this week, but most importantly, they will be playing for each other. Head Coach Gary Pinkel instills a family atmosphere every year into his program. Freshman players are given “big brothers,” and Coach Pinkel holds family dinners at his home to give players of all different positions the opportunity to get to know one another better.

Watch the Mizzou Football family this Saturday, December 6 as they take on Alabama in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome in the SEC championship game. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CT and will broadcast on CBS. Fans can follow Mizzou Football on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and listen in via Tiger Network radio affiliates for updates throughout the game.