Based purely on play style, Michigan State doesn’t strike anyone as a program that would break out garish alternate uniforms. The Spartans are all about ball control and shutting teams down on defense.
And yet, tonight MSU is stepping out in its finest… neon-accented threads.
Back in April, the Spartans unveiled this year’s alternate uniforms. They were met with extremely mixed reviews.
That may explain why Michigan State elected to go with the alternates in Week 2 against Western Michigan, and not in a more prominent spot, against one of the many prominent Big Ten opponents on the schedule.
Seriously, these things are super ugly.
— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) September 7, 2019
Michigan State's wearing its new alternate tonight.
I'm a stick-to-school-colors guy. pic.twitter.com/nvMYFjqpuJ
— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) September 7, 2019
My son says he thinks these are sick. pic.twitter.com/muv5J7EdEJ
— David Harns (@DavidHarns) September 7, 2019
— Rico Beard (@RicoBeard) September 7, 2019
Somehow, the neon isn’t even the most offensive element here. At least, not by itself.
The giant font for “STATE” on the front of the Michigan State uniforms is just ridiculous. It is super crowded, with the letters almost falling off the jersey, as you can see on Brian Lewerke above.
The Spartan logo, which is pretty strong on its own, just doesn’t look right in that shade, at all.
Once again, the response has been less than great online. Obviously, this is more for the current players and, perhaps most importantly, Michigan State’s recruits. Maybe they like these, but the fan and media reaction is almost universally negative.
The Spartans and Broncos are set to kick off on Big Ten Network momentarily.