A Look at Temple’s New 1935 Sugar Bowl Throwbacks

Published on September 17, 2019

It’s the fall of 1934. The US was in the midst of the Great Depression. Dizzy Dean had just led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series victory. And the Temple Owls were undefeated with a 7-0-2 record. Coached by Pop Warner, the Owls were a force to be reckoned with. That year, they would earn the honor of playing in the first ever Sugar Bowl against Tulane on New Years Day, 1935.

This year, Temple is seeking to commemorate that game with a brand new throwback uniform. The new set draws inspiration from what the Owls originally wore in that game, while still retaining elements from the team’s usual style.

Temple’s set is yet another contribution to Under Amour’s series of CFB150 throwbacks. The brand has been using the anniversary as an excuse to bring out previous combos and create new ones to celebrate the history of each school and college football as a whole.

A Look at the Details

The complete set features a white helmet and a white jersey, while the pants are the cherry red that is signature to Temple. The pants are by far the most basic part of the uniform. Plain in color, their only feature is a small Under Amour logo on the upper right leg.

The jersey is where this uniform shines. With cherry numerals on a white base standing out among few other details, it gives off a classic vintage vibe. But easily the most unique element is the gray portion that runs down each side of the jersey from the shoulder to the waist. Combine that with the shoulder striping present on the original 1935 uniforms, and Temple has got themselves a classic set.

Another interesting factor here is the helmet. Several schools that have donned throwbacks to a similar era have chosen to mimic the leather helmet pattern worn by their original teams. Temple has gone against this idea. Instead, the Owls are donning donning a white helmet with the block “T” logo and diamond striping that they wore on occasion during the 2018 season.

As with so many schools this season, Temple will be wearing the “CFB150” patch. It will appear on the right side of the jersey. While the patch may not fit perfectly with the rest of the uniform, it drives home the point of the throwback well.

Fittingly, this uniform will make it’s debut against Tulane on November 16th. Temple hosts that game, meaning they will take the field wearing white at home.

While neither team may be as successful as they were all those years ago, this should be a game to watch for the history alone.

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Ian Curtis is a Sports Columnist at Grit Daily. A sports and history buff, he has a penchant for memorizing useless trivia. He is based out of College Station, Texas.

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