As Week 3 rolled around, the Oregon Ducks were riding high and coming off a strange but satisfying victory against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. They looked to continue the momentum with a win over the Wyoming Cowboys last Saturday. Wyoming is never a marquee matchup but is traditionally a stout defensive team very proud of the fact that they play at well-over 7,000 feet above sea-level.
The game was once again an odd one, as Royce Freeman rumbled to the endzone early and often, leading the Ducks offense to 42 points in the first half. As we saw last week, Oregon's offense went into hibernation, scoring no points in the third quarter and just seven in the fourth. It's up to you to decide whether you think Oregon truly lost its focus and ability to score or simply didn't care to keep their foot on the gas while up 30+ points the majority of the second half.
At any rate, the Ducks broke out new uniforms for their first road trip of the year. The uniforms were announced on Friday morning, as is tradition for the Ducks. Remember the uniforms from Week 1? Hope you liked them because these were designed on the same template. This week we saw the white and green version, with inverted helmet colors.
These uniforms are crisp, and you can definitely put me on record as being a big fan of this template. After many years of muddling through a myriad of jerseys, I love that the Ducks seem to be riding with this gorgeous shoulder stripe look. This uniform has something for everyone, from shoulder stripes to both the Fighting Duck and O logos, and all the classic school colors. Even those crumudgeons on Facebook can't complain about these.
Now for the hard-hitting facts you've been waiting for; the pants were new. However, eagle-eyed people on social media had actually spotted them being worn on team photo day early last month. They are relatively simple, with only a mono-chromatic yellow Fighting Duck logo showing up. Nike's newest iteration of the Diamond Swoosh is on the other hip, and its otherwise a very plain pair of pants that ends up bringing a lot of color into the mix.
The accessories and cleats were also traditional green and yellow, with the exception being the decent amount of players wearing the newer Nike Alpha Menace Elite cleats which feature several shades of green on a high-top model (these can be seen in the photoshoot image posted several images above).
The helmets are nothing new, but always a welcome site. Strict traditionalists tend to push for the green helmet with yellow O to be the primary (if not only) helmet worn. This matte green variety was last worn in the 2016 Civil War, and is hard to find flaws in. It harkens back to the classic days of Joey Harrington, Dennis Dixon, and LaMichael James. As much as I love the Fighting Duck and Combat Duck logos, the O really does feel right as the helmet logo.
As for merch, there wasn't any new gear released specifically for this game. We should expect to see more game-specific merch come later in the season for some of the bigger Pac-12 matchups and the 50th Anniversary of Autzen coming up September 23rd.
However, there were several interesting things that have been released over the last few days, which you can find links to below:
Nike Justin Herbert #10 'Limited Plus' Jersey
Nike Apple Football 97 Retro React Longsleeve Tee
Nike O Football 97 Retro React Tee
The Ducks will be heading out to Tempe, Arizona this week for a matchup with the Sun Devils. Last year the Sun Devils came to Eugene and actually made the Ducks look competent. Jokes aside, Arizona State actually was the only Pac-12 team the Ducks defeated at home last year.
With any luck, we will get a game half as exciting as the last time the Ducks went to Tempe, which saw quarterback Vernon Adams III lead a high-scoring game and cornerback Arrion Springs grab a game-winning interception in triple overtime. The game schedule says wear white, so we may actually see this jersey again this week. No matter what, Go Ducks!
UPDATE: The Ducks have revealed their uniforms and I was both right and wrong. It is the same white jersey as last week but paired surprisingly with Week 2's helmet. That's right, the wings are back, at least for another week. Go Ducks!