The Utah Utes have revealed the uniform they will don for the Heart of Dallas Bowl against the West Virginia Mountaineers on Dec. 26. Utah will go red-white-white wearing the satin red helmet with chrome accents that they unveiled against the Arizona State Sun Devils earlier this year.
In general, I am not a fan of the road look of a colored helmet with white jersey and pants (not just for Utah but in general). I realize red-white-white is a classic combo for the Utes that they have worn many times before (including in the 2009 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama). After the introduction of the white helmet in 2014, Utah has not worn red-white-white. The last time they did was in the 2013 season against USC and Washington State. Since joining the Pac-12, Utah is 0-6 when they have worn red-white-white. It is worth noting that Utah wore red-white-white against West Virginia in the 1964 Liberty Bowl, which Utah won 32-6.
I prefer either all white since it is a cleaner look or red-white-red since it balances more and has more of Utah’s primary color, red. Another interest road look that Utah has not worn since 2011 is red-white-black, which I think would have looked very nice with this helmet, especially with the black facemask. This is by no means a bad look, and it is probably the best red-white-white look Utah has worn since I really like the satin red/chrome helmet.
With these cleats as a bowl gift, I wondered if Utah might wear another new uniform, maybe something with some gold accents to match the gold and iridescence of these cleats. The white helmet with an oversized metallic gold drum and feather would have been interesting.
I always wait to fully reserve judgement on a uniform until I see it on the field. Utah’s red and white should pair nicely with West Virginia’s blue and yellow.