Thursday, Nebraska announced they will be wearing 1997 throwback jerseys this season against Wisconsin to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their undefeated season. First off, woah, 1997 is a throwback. Second, should MSU follow suit?
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Michigan State football is due for a throwback jersey game.
The Spartans and Nike have been on a good run of innovative, new jerseys on the football field. There is no reason they couldn’t put together an impressive throwback.
Unlike some schools like Oregon, MSU doesn’t have a fire throwback to fallback on, so any old-school jersey would seemingly have to commemorate a past season’s success. That opens up a few different options we can check out.
The last time before 2014 that Michigan State went to and won the Rose Bowl. Green helmets with a white stripe down the middle. Small numbers on the front of the helmet and a large block “S” on just the right side. Green jerseys with “MICHIGAN STATE” spelled out in white letters on the mesh chest. Three stripes on the sleeve. White pants with a green stripe down the outside of the leg.
MSU Football throwback Thursday pic: Lorenzo White in his last game as a Spartan~ a 20-17 Rose Bowl victory over USC in 1988. pic.twitter.com/r8htV0oGcw— Jonathon Reder (@jreder2015) September 22, 2016
#MichiganState WR Andre Rison (1985-88) had 146 career rec for 2,992 yds & 20 TDs and helped lead the #Spartans to a 1988 Rose Bowl win. pic.twitter.com/kFeNzGUYgI— Retro Sports (@RetroSports411) July 16, 2017
The last time Michigan State won a national championship, and in back-to-back years no less. Green helmets with a white stripe down the middle featuring a Spartan wearing a helmet on either side of the players’ helmets. Green jerseys with oversized numbers and “MICHIGAN STATE” across the front. White pants with a small green stripe, white and green socks.
The controversial 1966 undefeated Michigan State vs. Undefeated Notre Dame game that ended in a 10-10 tie and shared national championship. pic.twitter.com/35OkCEFXQg— Helmet Addict (@HelmetAddict) March 15, 2017
The most dominant decade in MSU football history. Green jerseys with no lettering on the front of the jersey and white numbers higher on the chest. White pants with a small green stripe down the leg and white and green socks. In 1956, the school changed to helmets with face masks for the first time, with player numbers on the side.
1956 MSU Rose Bowl star John 'Thunder' Lewis left mark on Lansing. Obit: https://t.co/HZsAFtJMqu pic.twitter.com/eCsgd2rhi0— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) March 29, 2016