Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Florida Gators decide to dress up like actual Gators for upcoming game

Florida Gators decide to dress up like actual Gators for upcoming game

The helmet, jersey and trousers are technically "swamp green" with the top featuring gator print.

So much pride, apparently, that for the first time the team will stray from its blue and orange color scheme Saturday to sport a jersey meant to evoke the look of an actual alligator.

Custom swamp green gloves showcase royal blue straps and accents and an orange Swoosh on the back of the hand, while a tonal Gator print and the Gator logo appear on the palm over orange. The helmet, trousers and socks are rendered in the same color, but without the gator-skin treatment. The jersey has an alligator skin pattern.

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Nike is no stranger to reptilian uniforms. I think it's safe to say that this new look blows that out of the water and this is definitely one of the most shocking uniforms that you will see on a football field. UF beat A&M, 42-6, in the first meeting in 1962 and Texas A&M returned the favor in the1977 Sun Bowl in El Paso, beating the Gators, 37-14. Texas A&M is 4-2 with its only two losses coming by a single point to UCLA and eight points to mighty Alabama.

"The Swamp" was named by former coach Steve Spurrier.

The Gators will have a new, yet somewhat familiar look this weekend in the Swamp.

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