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In a new weekly segment, we’ll be talking to Tallahassee rapper and Florida State football super fan, TaReef KnockOut.
TaReef not only wants the Seminoles to win each week, but he wants them to look good while doing it. In the past, TaReef popularized hashtags such as #PackTheGarnetPants and #WhiteOutTheIrish.
Over the past few seasons, he was the most vocal voice on social media in his push for white jersey numbers to return to the home jerseys. Each week, TaReef will give his insight on the uniform selections for FSU and its opponent from the previous week and weigh in on what the Seminoles and their next opponent should wear for the contest upcoming.
This week, Florida State will look to get to .500 on the season at 3-3. The Seminoles will the road to take on the 1-4 Louisville Cardinals.
TaReef KnockOut Weighs In
Thoughts on FSU’s uniform choice against North Carolina?
I thought it was the right choice, and my initial prediction if you saw last week. Traditional home uniforms under the lights at Doak (Campbell Stadium) is never a bad choice, especially doing so in a huge upset victory.
Thoughts on North Carolina’s uniform choice?
I really liked their classic away look for this game. It was actually a great uniform match-up. We made the actual game more interesting than it needed to be.
What should FSU wear this week against Louisville?
I’m loving how (head coach Mike) Norvell is switching up the looks so far this year. We’ve yet to see the traditional away look for FSU and that’s my pick this game. Gold lids, white tops, and gold pants.
What should Louisville wear this week?
Louisville usually drops their reveals on Wednesday afternoon. I feel like they go with a more traditional look for this noon game. I say white lids, red tops, and white pants. They’ve been all over the place so far this year.
For you, what’s the key factor when you think about what FSU should wear? Time of kickoff? The way it meshes with the opponent’s uniforms? Series history?
The key factors I usually look for are normally team colors and how FSU would look against their opponents. One of the worst uni match-ups was two years ago at Louisville when FSU wore the alternate helmet with garnet pants. I hated that look — just glad we won.
Other factors include series history. I try to get clues from the Bobby Bowden era. That’s what really keeps the tradition going.
Recent Uniform History vs. Louisville
Since Louisville joined the ACC, Florida State has worn the traditional garnet and gold for match-ups in Tallahassee. In road contests however, FSU has mixed it up. In the 2014 and 2016 contests at Louisville, FSU wore white on gold for each match-up, but the 2014 contest came with a twist.
That was the first year of the design change by Nike and to that point, the jersey numbers were gold. The Thursday night contest on Oct. 30, 2014 was the first where the Seminoles switched to garnet uniform numbers. Most would agree that was for the best. That night, FSU rallied from a 21-point hole for a thrilling 42-31 victory.
In 2016, Lamar Jackson obliterated FSU and its traditional look. In FSU’s last trip to Louisville, the Seminoles wore their alternate helmets with garnet pants — the first and only time that combination has been used. Thanks to a late interception from A.J. Westbrook and a long touchdown pass from Deondre Francois to Nyqwan Murray, the Seminoles rallied for a 28-24 victory.
Prior to Louisville joining the ACC, the Seminoles and Cardinals had not met since a Thursday night in 2002. With fourth-ranked FSU in the garnet pants, the Cardinals pulled off a 26-20 upset in overtime.