words // Brandon Richard
One of the most anticipated elements of new college football seasons has become the unveiling of Nike’s Pro Combat uniforms and apparel. The Pro Combat system of dress takes an innovative approach to both the design and appearance aspects of uniforms, incorporating cultural cues of each team’s heritage. In addition to game-changing visuals, the uniforms offer the ultimate in lightweight protection.
Nike Football recently announced the nine teams that will be participating in the 2011 Pro Combat program, and leading the way this fall will be players from the University of Oregon, Boise State and Georgia. Before these teams hit the field in their new digs, Nike has released special “Rivalry Pack” products for each school to celebrate their inclusion in the program. Fans will not only have the opportunity to own the Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves that the players will be wearing during games, but also special school-inspired make-ups of the brand new Nike Air Max Trainer Max.
The Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves feature premium grip technology, making the style a must for receivers and defensive backs. An adjustable strap has been implemented to give you a secure, customized fit. Lastly, in true Pro Combat style, the gloves feature team graphics that form the school logo when both hands are interlocked.
School pride can displayed boldly with the Nike Rivalry Air Max Trainer 1.3. Each shoe is designed in school colors and features design cues that call to the heritage of each program. Team logos are centered on the tongues in shield form, while the heels are adorned with symbolic graphics. For Oregon, the letters “WTD,” which stand for the team’s “Win the Day” motto; Georgia keeps it simple with the classic G logo; and the Boise State pair “brings the hammer.”
You can see Oregon’s Pro Combat uniforms and apparel on the field against the LSU Tigers at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday, September 3rd. Georgia and Boise State will wear their new gear against each other at the Georgia Dome on Saturday as well.
All of these Nike Rivalry products are available now over at Eastbay.
Week 1 of the college football season is in the books, and with a huge win over number 10 Virginia Tech, we’ll give the inaugural Player of the Week award to Boise State QB Kellen Moore. Kellen completed 23 of 38 passes for 215 yards and three scores, including the 13-yard TD with 1:09 remaining, which turned out to be the game-winner. Number three Boise State looks to contend for a National Title this season with Moore at the helm.
Some of the other highlights from Week 1 include #21 LSU clipping #18 UNC 30-24, the #6 TCU Horned Frogs beating the 24th-ranked Oregon State Beavers 30-21, #14 USC winning a shootout with Hawaii, Utah upsetting #15 Pittsburgh 27-24, and the 11th-ranked Oregon Ducks thumping New Mexico 72-0.
Be sure to check out Nick’s College Football Rankings from Week 1 here.
Somehow, no matter where the Boise State Broncos are in the polls, they seem to have more than their fare share of doubters. The Broncos opened the reason ranked number three in the College Football Rankings. Their opponent Monday night was Virginia Tech, a team that was ranked 10th going into the match-up. You might think that the country’s third-ranked team would be an easy favorite, but the naysayers have been out in full force over the past few weeks in anticipation of their opening game against the Hokies.
Boise State has only lost five games since 2005, going unbeaten in three of those five years, so why so much doubt?
Playing in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) has its advantages, specifically a lack of real competition for the Broncos. With Virginia Tech as their toughest scheduled opponent, the Virgina Tech Hokies ranked at number 10 and playing at home were not only the first tests of the season, but they may be the only one.
Monday night started with 17 unanswered points for Boise State, silencing the aforementioned naysayers. However, it didn’t take long for those doubting Boise State to have reason to believe that they were correct. Virginia Tech went up 21-20 in the third quarter on one of running back Ryan William’s two touchdowns on the night. Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor led the way for Virginia Tech, passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing for 73 yards.
However with under two minutes to play and the score at 30-26, it looked as if Boise State might be on their way to failing the test that seemingly everyone wanted to see them fail. Quarterback Kellen Moore wasn’t about to let that happen, though. Moore led the Broncos down field and with 1:09 remaining found Austin Pettis for a 13-yard touchdown to give Boise State the victory.
Boise State’s 15th consecutive win came on the shoulders of Kellen Moore, who threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Maybe most importantly, though, Moore’s leadership in the final two minutes of the game is a preview of what’s to come for the remainder of the season. Boise State proved to be the real deal, and Kellen Moore just tossed his name in the hat for the Heisman Trophy Award at the end of this season.