Iowa is going gold for one game this season. The Hawkeyes unveiled alternate uniforms Thursday with a nod to a short-lived design from the 1990s.
Iowa will wear gold jerseys, gold pants and gold socks on Oct. 12 against Penn State. The black helmets will have gold facemasks.
The jerseys feature a “wings” design from the 1990s on the shoulders. The new version is black, but not gold, so the common banana peel comparison won’t be as apt this time.
"One of the big things coming out of just kind of talking to Iowa and where we wanted to go with this uniform was the idea of doing a gold uniform," said Nike digital artist Justin Tague in a video posted by Iowa. "(That) in itself was kind of a bold ask in the fact that it's gonna be the first time that a gold uniform has been worn on the field (by Iowa).
"Taking that, and then with the fact that the uniform that it's inspired from was a bold uniform from its era, and I feel like ahead of its time, so taking that, with it being gold and just really doing a bold, inspired uniform with bold graphics is really gonna, hopefully, excite people."