Oregon's mascot is hoisted into the air by fans following their game over Southern California after their game on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Oregon’s never been shy about pushing the envelope with its uniforms. This week, the Ducks are actually going to try to look like ... well, ducks.
The school tweeted photos and video Thursday of its uniform selection for Saturday’s home game against Colorado. The look was inspired by its mascot, right down to the motto embroidered on the collar: “Once A Duck, Always A Duck.”
— GoDucks (@GoDucks) September 22, 2016
The white helmet has an orange facemask that’s the same color as The Duck’s beak, and the orange socks and shoes are supposed to look like the duck’s legs.
It’s an interesting look, even though Miami could easily rip the “O” off the helmet, replace it with the “U” and call it a tribute to Sebastian the Ibis.
But that got us thinking. What other schools would look sharp if they dressed like their mascots?
(And yes, Syracuse, we know you dress like your mascot every week.)
The Demon Deacon mascot in 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The top hat. The flowing white hair. The sportcoat and yellow tie. The epitome of classy dressing among mascots in the FBS. (Though at the FCS level, the Dukes of both Duquesne and James Madison might have an argument.)
Testudo the Maryland mascot in 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Props to the Terrapins for trying this look with their helmets a few times over the years. Let’s see them take it one step further and break out some tortoiseshell jerseys and brown pants.
The Notre Dame Leprechaun in 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
The Fighting Irish usually keep it simple and traditional, save for those once-a-year Shamrock Series unis. Why not go full Leprechaun with the lime-green helmets, jerseys and pants – with a facemask resembling his thin red beard?
WEST VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE (tie)
The West Virginia Mountaineer mascot in 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The Mountaineers and Volunteers share more than just a line in a Brad Paisley song. Tennessee’s Davy Crockett and West Virginia’s Mountaineer look a lot alike. We’ve always thought the buckskin look would make for a snappy jersey and who wouldn’t love a coonskin cap helmet?
The Stanford Tree in 2013. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
There aren’t many mascots more irreverent than The Tree. So while Stanford looks sharp in cardinal, we can’t help but wonder how amazing a tree-inspired uni would look.