Every so often, Notre Dame football breaks out green uniforms for a game. It has been a while, but Notre Dame will be back in their alternate threads this weekend.
Notre Dame hosts Florida State on Saturday, which will be the final game of the season at Notre Dame Stadium, and senior night.
ND finishes up with Syracuse at Yankee Stadium, and at USC.
The Fighting Irish last wore green for the 2015 Shamrock Series game against Boston College at Fenway Park. Before that, Notre Dame hadn’t worn green since 2011, and not since 2007 in South Bend, a 38-0 loss to USC.
News came down that Notre Dame would be in green on Thursday. Today, Under Armour unveiled the new green uniforms.
They’re quite a bit different than the 2015 Shamrock Series uniforms. Notre Dame was still with adidas back in 2011 when they last wore green as a regular alternate uniform.
The new uniform is inspired by the famous 1977 surprise “green jersey game,” in which the team warmed up in blue before coming out in green against USC. From Notre Dame:
Playing at home against arch-rival USC, the Notre Dame players performed pre-game warm-ups in their traditional blue jerseys before heading back to the locker room. Surprised and thrilled, the players found a different game jersey hanging in their lockers. To the enthusiastic delight of the Notre Dame fans and players, the Irish stormed from their tunnel wearing green for the first time in 144 games.
Now known as the “Trojan Horse” and the “Green Jersey” game, Notre Dame won 49-19 and made USC green with envy by parlaying the 30-point win that day into a national championship about 10 weeks later.
From there, green became a pretty standard look for the Fighting Irish under Dan Devine, but has been used sparingly since.
It’s Senior Day in South Bend tomorrow, and @NDFootball is going green to celebrate. Inspired by the 1977 'Green Jersey Game', the #FightingIrish will wear this legendary color as they compete towards a berth in the @CFBPlayoff #GoIrishhttps://t.co/jbeK3k9xeQ pic.twitter.com/4DKeVHuRhb
— Under Armour News (@UAnews) November 9, 2018
Notre Dame is 7-6 in green jerseys since Devine’s tenure, and some of those losses have really hurt the alternate look’s favorability among fans.
Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham, and Charle Weis were all under .500 in green.
Brian Kelly has had more luck though. Including that 2015 Shamrock Series game, his Notre Dame teams are 4-1 while wearing green, with the sole loss coming to Michigan in 2011. With how Florida State has struggled this season, it shouldn’t be a huge concern.