Fans are used to seeing LSU football suit up in predominantly purple when it takes the field. But this Saturday against Mississippi State, it will instead don gold to honor past decades of Tigers football.
LSU announced on Monday that it will debut its "Gridiron Gold" jerseys for its annual gold game that will pay homage to the gold jerseys that the Tigers wore back in the 1940s. The uniform features a gold jersey with purple numbers and shoulder stripes, white pants and a white helmet with a player's number emblazoned in gold on each side. LSU has worn yellow or gold uniforms before for this game, but nothing like the combination released on Monday.
LSU Athletics' site states that the jersey design recognizes the 1940s jersey style, when Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle led the Tigers, while the helmet number design is taken from the 1957-71 era and the "L" on the pants comes from the program's early 1900s logo. It's an interesting mixture that effectively honors different periods of the program's history.
LSU may have set a new gold standard with this new alternate look.