GUT Check: Florida vs Missouri
A full breakdown of the throwback uniforms and recap of the on field gear
Florida AD Scott Stricklin delivered on his idea to wear throwback uniforms every homecoming game when the Gators took the field against Missouri in 1965 throwback (fauxback) uniforms. After a 2 straight weeks without a game, Florida didn’t miss a beat on offense and put on a strong defensive performance. The Gators increased their record to 3–0 in throwback uniforms, 21–10–1 in blue helmets since 1963, 3–4–1 in Blue/Blue/White, and 2–2 in Blue/Blue/White (Circle F helmet decal). Here’s a complete breakdown from Florida’s 41–17 victory over Mizzou.
1. Blue helmets return for first time since 1965
Florida shook Gator nation on Monday morning by revealing blue helmets and fulfilling the wish of many fans. The blue helmet is actually a “fauxback” as it combines elements from multiple eras of Gators football. Here’s the full breakdown in case you missed it during the reveal:
- Matte blue helmet: Matte is a first for Florida. Blue was Florida’s helmet color from 1963–1965.
- Circle F logo: used from 1964–1965 (also used in the 2019 throwbacks) but this time with an orange F (historically accurate) instead of the blue F from last year. Also, it’s important to note the logo isn’t a *true* circle. It is a slight oval. Take a look below:
- White/Orange/White stripe: Matte decals with white stripes that border orange, a 1/2" to 1" ratio. This is a stripe never before used in Florida’s history but is reminiscent of the spaced White/Orange/White stripe used sporadically from 1963–1965. While it would have been AMAZING to see the spaced stripes for historical accuracy, the stripe consistency from the helmet to the jersey was beautiful.
- Script Gators bumper: used from the 80s-2005
- Gray facemask: the standard facemask color up until 1976
- Blue Jordan logo visor accents: These were the first blue visor accents in school history AND the first time the Jumpman logo has been featured on both sides. Usually, it is Jordan logo on one side and the word “Jordan” on the other.
- White/Blue SEC decal: The blue helmets feature an all white SEC decal with transparency that illuminates the “SEC”. The orange helmets have blue/orange decals and the regular white helmets have orange/blue decals. Last year, the 2019 throwback helmets had blue/white decals.
For a full breakdown of the rest of the 1960’s throwback uniforms, read the 2019 GUT Check: Florida vs Auburn.
2. Circle F at the 25yd line of the field
The Gators also debuted the Circle F logo on the 25yd line, replacing the Slant F.
This was the first time the field has changed (other then painting the endzones orange or blue) since the 2012 season when the Gatorhead replaced the block F at midfield, the Slant F was placed on the 25yd line, and the endzones of “Florida” and “Gators” were updated to reflect the new branded font.
The last time Florida had a logo on the field other than the Gatorhead, Block F, Slant F, or SEC Logo? The 2006 season featured the 100th anniversary logo on the 45yd line. Coincidentally, the 2006 season also featured throwback uniforms.
3. Love over Hate warm-up shirts
For the 4th consecutive game, the Gators took the field in warm-up shirts that showed support for ongoing racial and social discussions in the United States. This week, they sported black shirts with the Circle F logo above “LOVE OVER HATE” and the player’s number underneath.
- Circle F towels returned but still featured a Blue F and not orange like the helmet. Also, check out Toney’s Joker mouthpiece (they match his thigh pads)
- Pink accessories were still out for Breast Cancer awareness month.
- Many players wore white cleats instead of the throwback black cleats. While the amount of varied accessories muddied up the full team throwback look, white cleats made for a very clean uniform. It also acted as a sort of homage to the 2006 throwbacks which featured white cleats
- White gloves were the main glove of choice. Florida also wore white gloves vs Texas A&M but it still seems that there isn’t consistent home and away gloves.
- Kyle Pitts went with a flashy look with his orange sleeve. He also wore the sleeve vs Ole Miss
- QB Kyle Trask wore a white wristband, breaking his coordination of wearing the wristband color for the main uniform color.
Other uniform tidbits:
- HC Dan Mullen wore his white visor and white polo, making his record 1–0 in white visors and 2–0 in white polos this season.
Florida faces Georgia this weekend in the annual Florida-Georgia game. Its a must win game for the Gators to stay in the hunt for the SEC East division title. Uniform wise, don’t be surprised if Georgia pulls out their new black alternate uniforms (dog collar and all) which were released with their throwback uniforms honoring their 1980 championship season. Georgia had an historic victory over Florida in 1980 to secure its run at a national title so this would be the perfect opportunity.
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