When the Colorado Buffaloes take on the USC Trojans on Friday night (7:00 pm, ESPN2), it will be a blackout. Late Wednesday night the Buffs announced their uniforms and it’s going to be the all-blacks.
Wear Black ⚫️⚫️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/M0lEBiOIyc— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) October 24, 2019
These uniforms have always been better in theory than in practice. On the one hand, going all-black looks cool, especially when you have Nu’umotu Falo modeling with his gorgeous hair and tattoos. (Falo should seriously consider a modeling career after graduating). But the Buffs lose their gold helmets, the best helmets in college football; the better blackout uniforms — CU’s unquestioned best look — are gold-black-black.
There’s also the problem that Colorado hasn’t really won in these alternates. They first debuted these uniforms on national television against USC in 2011 and they allowed a school-record 6 touchdown passes to Matt Barkley. Then in 2015, Colorado again broke them out and lost to USC, but they would have won if Sefo Liufau hadn’t hurt his foot.
Wearing these uniforms, Colorado has lost to USC in 2011, Arizona State in 2012, Arizona in 2013, ASU in 2014, USC again in 2015, and UCLA in 2017. The average score in those games was roughly 38-21. It’s also fitting that CU didn’t wear those uniforms in 2016, when they won the Pac-12 South.
The point of this article is that Colorado has never won wearing all-black, they’ve never beaten USC, and they look lost as a team right now. They could at least throw away the black helmets to see if they’re cursed.