PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 21: Brutus, the mascot for the Ohio State Buckeyes performs in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 21, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Ohio State football alternate uniforms ranked from best to worst

After wearing an ugly almost-all-gray uniform against Penn State in early November, Ohio State will close the month wearing the white version of its 2017 alternates at Michigan. 

Both versions look like something designed by a junior high student with a few minutes to kill in study hall, but I guess people will buy literally anything that is different so Nike doesn’t have much to lose here. 

Since the first Ohio State throwbacks/alternates were unveiled for the 2008 Michigan game, Nike has had some hits and misses. 

Here’s a look at them from best to worst:  

1. 2016

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 5: Curtis Samuel #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for running room around Thomas Connely #26 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Josh Banderas #52 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

As a combination of style, history and authenticity, nothing beats the alternate uniform from 2016’s win over Nebraska. 

The helmet is a little wonky as a translation of a leather lid, but it works with the rest of the uniform, a tribute to the days of Chic Harley when the Buckeyes won their first Big Ten championship and beat Michigan for the first time.

Bonus points: They wore them for a big game that wasn’t Michigan. 

2. 2014 

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeye players run onto the field prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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For the College Football Playoff, Ohio State initially wore an alternate against Alabama that looked very similar to its normal road look. 

In the championship game against Oregon, though, the Buckeyes worse snazzy scarlet jerseys that were a throwback to the look of the 1968 national champions (worn again for the 1993 season). 

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a one yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Aside from the black numbers on the shoulders, this jersey was more or less what Ohio State wore all the time from the late ‘60s until going to a blander, more Indiana-like scarlet home jersey in 2006. 

(This should be their permanent home jersey.)

3. 2010 

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes hands off against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

For its second foray into the alternate uniform universe, Ohio State wore a 1942 throwback that was pretty accurate. The number font is nice, and this is one of the most striking uniforms you’ll find in a look back through the archives. 

Unfortunately, we had to points for the helmets (even though that is what they wore then). 

Silver helmets covered in Buckeye leaves against Michigan are simply a must.

4. 2011 

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 29: Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is congratulated by teammates Reid Fragel #88 and Jake Stoneburner #11 after scoring against the Wisconsin Badgers during the fourth quarter on October 29, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 33-29. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

These were 1961 throwbacks, including a scarlet stripe on the front of the helmet that was actually an extra pad on the original helmets worn back then. 

This uniform looked great back in the day but ended up kind of resembling pajamas on modern fabric. 

5. 2009 

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 21: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes hands off the ball during the game against the Michigan Wolverines on November 21, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Ohio State got into the alternate uniform game in 2009 with a white jersey and helmet supposedly modeled after the look from 1954. 

This was a bland look that ended up basically just being something different for the sake of being different, a move that was doubly offensive since it came at Michigan. Fail. 

6. 2012 

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Reid Fragel #77 of the Ohio State Buckeyes blocks against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

After three years of varying degrees of success with throwback uniforms, Nike gave Ohio State something that looked like the product of several previous uniforms mating. 

If that offspring then becomes a 1980s punk rocker. 

No thanks. 

7. 2013 

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

A year later, Ohio State brought back the punk rock helmets but paired them with bland white jerseys and pants. 

Triple fail. 

They initially claimed this look was a tribute to the 1950 Snow Bowl, a curious move considering the uniform did not really resemble what Ohio State wore that day (a home game) and that was one of the Buckeyes’ most historically significant losses. 

8. 2015 

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 17: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes eludes a tackle attempt from Manny Bowen #43 of the Penn State Nittany Lions on his way to a 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Until this year, the easy winner for worst look came two years ago when Penn State visited. 

These black uniforms are just an abomination all the way around, worst part being the helmets.

Silver helmets always pop for night games, but they would have really been set off by these black jerseys. 

Ironically, a simple black version of the normal home jersey would have looked much better. 

9. 2017 

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 28: J.T. Barrett of the Ohio State Buckeyes passes in the first quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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If Nike overdid it with the black uniforms, they made up for that by underdoing it this time around. 

As much of a traditionalist as I am, I’ve never been that enthralled with the normal white and gray road look, so I’ve always been intrigued by a gray jersey. 

Not this though. 

These look like something someone would be selling out of a van half price because somethig went wrong with the color in the printing process. 

(H/T: Land of 10

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