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When Under Armour announced that they would be equipping Notre Dame with alternate uniforms for the Cotton Bowl CFP game, everyone's minds jumped to a potential 1979 throwback. The 1979 Cotton Bowl was one of the most legendary games in Notre Dame and college football history, when Joe Montana led the Irish to an incredible comeback victory against Houston. The uniform featured a white jersey with bright kelley green numbers, something that would stand out just as well today. While I quite like the set that Under Armour rolled out, they missed a huge opportunity to include green more prominently in the uniform. Based on the team's marketing this season, I thought it was fitting to take a stab at a uniform that was more based around green that the Irish would wear through the playoffs. For this uniform, I took the route of a fauxback, combining different elements from Notre Dame's great uniform history. The set is based around a shade of green somewhere in between the 2000s green and the 1979 green. The helmets are the standard gold, but with a modernized shamrock on one side, calling back to the helmets of the 1950s and 60s. The jersey is a recolored version of the current ones, prominently featuring the green numbers with a gold outline. The pants are standard, with a green ND logo on one side. For the socks, I chose to go with a striping pattern used on the shoulders of Irish jerseys in the 50s. It helps emphasize the fauxback look while keeping it modern and clean.
The College Football Playoff, despite being infinitely better than the BCS, is still flawed. I feel that 4 teams is insufficient, and that the whole bowl system is just a mess. That being said, I have come up with a fix. In this thread, I will post weekly brackets that would line-up with this system (with tweaks I think would happen), and when the final rankings come out, all 16 teams' uniforms for the playoff. So, without further ado, here is my idea for a 16-team playoff field. 1. FBS teams play a 10-game, 11-week regular season schedule, including 1 bye week. (weeks 1-11; Aug, 26-Nov. 4) Schedule includes 6-8 conference games, and 2-4 non-conference FBS games. FBS teams will no longer be allowed to play FCS teams (avoids many strength of schedule ?'s). Week 12 = nationwide bye week/ Army-Navy game (Nov. 11) Week 13 = conference championship games, Selection Sunday (Nov. 16-19) 2. Postseason - Power-5 conference champions receive automatic bid, but do not get home-field or higher seeds. Committee will still select wild cards and seed teams. Week 14 = Playoff BYE; start group-of-5 bowl games. (Nov. 20-30) Week 15 = Playoff round 1; 8 games played at higher seed's home field. (Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2). Week 16 = Playoff round 2; 4 games played as Rose, Sugar, Orange, and Fiesta Bowls (could rotate every year for #1 ovr. seeds, locations, bowls, etc.); Group-of-5 and Power-5 non-playoff bowl games during week, Playoff games Friday night and Saturday (Dec. 4-9) Week 17 = Playoff BYE; Rd. 1 loser bowl games start and Power-5 non-playoff bowl games continue/finish. (December 11-22) Week 18 = Playoff round 3; 2 games played at neutral sites (2018 in Indy, Houston; rotate every year.) (Dec. 23) Week 19 = Playoff BYE; playoff round 2 loser bowls start and finish (Dec. 26- Jan.1) Note: Round 3 losers do not get extra bowl games since they played in the Final 4. Week 20 = Playoff Championship (2018 in Atlanta, rotate every year). (January 8) Uhhhh, edit: I can't figure out how to post an image directly from my computer. I've posted on this before and was able to browse my files, is that not possible anymore? It's been a while since I've posted. Sorry, this is embarassing.