From Knute Rockne to Joe Montana and beyond, an appearance

  • Ryan McGee, ESPN Senior Citizen WriterSep 21, 2023, 07:00 AM ET Close Senior writer for ESPN The Publication and 2-time Sports Emmy winner

  • 2010, 2014 NMPA Author of the Year

Nowadays, it appears as though every college football program has a mall outlet store’s inventory of alternate uniforms. Color design and patches and stitches, provided as tributes to days passed, futuristic twists taken directly from the Lucasfilm costume closet and, honestly, a lot of “WTH were they believing?!”

But the roots of rotating regalia reach back, naturally, to the place where it seems like a lot of college football concepts seem to have been immaculately developed: South Bend, Indiana, where when it concerns alternate uniforms, OG means Original Green.On Saturday, the ninth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will protect their extremely green home grass(OK, it’s synthetic grass) against the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes, and will do so dressed in the latest model of the uniform that both thrills and annoys those who spend their fall Saturdays living to get up the echoes: their green jerseys.You had me at hello. #IrishWearGreen |

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