I’ve been on a one-man campaign over the past few years to see both teams wear their home jerseys in neutral site games whenever possible. Think about it: in the age of color televisions, why should one team be the “away” team at a neutral field? It’s been done here and there of late, and the results are always beautiful.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has pit color-on-color matchups whenever possible in the past. Here was the Georgia-North Carolina matchup of 2016:
And Clemson-Auburn in 2012.
And here was Tennessee-NC State in 2012 as well.
Of course, USC and UCLA wear their cardinal and blue jerseys every year. It’s one of the most picturesque games on the college football calendar.
Again, in the age of color televisions, there’s really no reason not to do this for neutral site games.
So, when the College Football Playoff field was announced on Sunday, I tweeted that Notre Dame should wear blue for the Cotton Bowl and Clemson should wear orange. (Cleary, a crimson-on-crimson Orange Bowl would not work, so Oklahoma will be in white.)
📢College football teams should both wear home jerseys in neutral site games whenever possible.📢
In the Cotton Bowl, for instance, Clemson should be in orange and Notre Dame in blue.
— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) December 2, 2018
Cleary, the Powers That Be running the College Football Playoff did not agree. Notre Dame revealed on Friday the Irish will wear white tops in the Cotton Bowl. These special edition CFP jerseys will have extra-bright gold stitching around the numerals and ND logo and will be accented with green gloves and cleats, a change from the standard white, as part of the program’s Rush 4 Gold promotion.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 7, 2018
As a point of reference, here’s how Notre Dame dressed in its regular season finale at USC.
Notre Dame is the first Under Armour team to make the Playoff — they’re actually the first non-Nike team, ever — so you figure the folks in Baltimore would have something special up their sleeves for this game, but it’s not as special as it should have been.
Now in Year 5 of this system, there’s never been a color-on-color College Football Playoff game. But we’ll get there someday. Mark my words: we’ll get there.