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Bowling Green, Toledo unveil new uniforms for 2019 season

The I-75 rivals battle with recent uniform releases.

Credit: Bowling Green Football (@BG_Football)

The college football season kicks off in 18 days with a double-header of Arizona vs. Hawaii and Florida vs. Miami (FL). Spring practices have kicked off across the country, 30 days prior to each team’s opening game. With the dawn of spring practices comes uniform reveals.

In an era where uniforms are seemingly replaced as often as every 2-4 years, two MAC rivals unveiled new threads this week — the Bowling Green Falcons and the Toledo Rockets.


Bowling Green

Bowling Green (@BG_Football) revealed its new white jerseys on Twitter on August 4 via Twitter. The Falcons’ last major uniform overhaul occurred prior to the 2015 season, when they removed the wings from the shoulders and changed the fonts of the numbers and “Bowling Green” on the front of the jersey.

Bowling Green will imitate college football’s ongoing trend of simplifying uniforms. “Bowling Green” is written in a bolder, sans-serif font across the chest and the numbers have also lost their serifs. The shoulder now features a dark brown and orange dual stripe, and there are many features reminiscent of the Cleveland Browns uniforms revealed in 2015. Also noticeable on the upper right shoulder pad is college football’s 150th anniversary patch which all FBS teams will sport during the upcoming year.

Bowling Green additionally posted more shots of the new uniforms on Tuesday. Here are a few more close-ups of the Falcons’ new gear.

To compare to the previous era’s white uniforms, here is what Bowling Green wore on the road from 2015-18.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 01 Bowling Green at Oregon Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Toledo Rockets

Toledo released its new uniforms in a rather subtle manner. On Tuesday afternoon, the Rockets (@ToledoFB) posted a photo on Twitter of freshman wide receiver Chris’Seon Stringer to commemorate 25 days until their season kicks off against Kentucky. This photo differs to the account’s previous countdown photos as it features a never-before-seen uniform with college football’s 150th anniversary patch.

Toledo is no stranger to changing uniforms. The Rockets switched its apparel sponsor from Under Armor to Nike in the summer of 2017. Toledo has also been a follower of college football’s simplification trend. The Rockets frequently wore rather-basic yellow jerseys last season, including at their final game in the Bahamas Bowl. However, the 2018 blue jerseys contrasted from the yellow by featuring a double shoulder stripe and a unique number font.

The new blue jerseys appear to mimic the yellow threads worn last year, except they feature a full yellow double shoulder stripe. A small double yellow stripe is also featured toward the bottom of the pants. Here is how the new blue uniforms match up to the previous uniform designs.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 24 Western Michigan at Toledo Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The new blue jerseys for 2019 take a page out of last year’s yellow jerseys in terms of simplification. However, the number font no longer features serifs, while yellow double stripes have been added throughout.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 15 Miami at Toledo Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images