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Iowa tight end Noah Fant poses for a picture with an Iowa student after the Hawkeyes' 55-24 win against Ohio State that came wearing some pretty cool alternate uniforms.

Iowa football can straddle line between traditional, new uniforms

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ANSWER: There’s no doubt recruits and players alike love alternate uniforms. On social media, those images are shared frequently, and they energize the fan base.

Here’s what tight end Noah Fant said about the 2017 alternate uniforms: “It matters to some people, right? Me, personally, I like alternate uniforms. I like changing it up. I like the different styles and different looks. But the main focus is playing football.

“I think a lot of our guys do [like alternate uniforms]. So we love when we get the chance to wear them.”

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz prefers the traditional black-and-gold uniforms, so don’t expect the Hawkeyes to give up those threads for most home games. But Ferentz did say many of his former players told him the uniform the Hawkeyes wore Nov. 4 against Ohio State was the best version they had seen. The current players loved them, and so did nearly every fan ― a rarity. The fact Iowa blasted Ohio State 55-24 while wearing the all-black look probably will keep that uniform in circulation for years to come.

So when do they break them out again? My guess would be Sept. 22 against Wisconsin or Nov. 10 against Northwestern.

As for a uniform patch or another decorative item for a trophy game, I think such an addition for special occasions would be cool. Iowa and Iowa State have worn alternatee uniforms against one another previously, although there was nothing symbolic pertaining to one of the many trophies for which they’ve played. I could see Iowa and Nebraska wearing decals commemorating the heroes honored on the Heroes Trophy. That concept is terrific, while the trophy hasn’t quite built up enough equity to stand alongside the other great ones in Big Ten history.

A Heartland Trophy patch might be cool for the 100th edition of the Iowa-Wisconsin series, which takes place in 2024. It’s also the 20th anniversary of when the trophy debuted.

Floyd of Rosedale is in a different category all together. It’s the most iconic traveling trophy in sports, in my opinion. If both sides wanted to meet for ham sandwiches at midfield for the coin flip, I’d be in favor of that.

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