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Florida State Will Unveil Alternate Black Uniforms Saturday Against Chattanooga

Sources confirm that FSU will wear their alternate black "Unconquered" uniforms Saturday against Chattanooga.

Florida State's alternate "Unconquered" Nike uniforms.
Florida State's alternate "Unconquered" Nike uniforms.

The Florida State Seminoles will unveil their alternate black "Unconquered" uniforms Saturday when FSU takes on Chattanooga in the final home game of the 2015 season, sources have confirmed to Tomahawk Nation.

Florida State has only previously worn alternate black uniforms a handful of times in program history, the most recent occasion coming against Boston College in 2008.  The last time FSU wore alternates of any kind--the Nike Pro Combat uniforms, which featured a black helmet--was in the final home game of the 2009 season against Maryland.  Interestingly enough, that game not only was Senior Day for the Class of 2009, much like Saturday will be for the Class of 2015, but it was also the final home game in Doak Campbell Stadium for head coach Bobby Bowden and long-time defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews.  FSU won that game over Maryland 29-26 to earn a berth in the Gator Bowl.

The program has always prided itself on being traditional when it comes to uniforms, in large part to Coach Bowden.  In 2008, he said that he "would prefer his program to maintain a more traditional look, which is why the Seminoles have worn garnet tops and gold pants the majority" of his tenure.  However, Bowden indicated that if "Nike wants Florida State to wear black," then FSU "will wear black."  Current Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has kept with the traditional uniform combination, but when Nike and Florida State unveiled the new logo and football uniforms in April 2014, the addition of the "Unconquered" black alternate caught the eye of many, both fans and critics alike.

While traditional Florida State fans may not prefer the black alternates--or any alternates for that matter--they are incredibly popular both with current players and visiting recruits.  With FSU playing its final home game of the season, and thus the final home game before National Signing Day, it will be interesting to gauge the reaction of fans, players, and recruits alike.

Florida State will conclude its 2015 home campaign and look extend its nation-leading home winning streak to 21 games Saturday at 3pm against Chattanooga.

UPDATE: The official Florida State Football Twitter account has changed its Twitter picture to a black-and-white FSU logo and has released a 9-second teaser of the alternate black uniforms.

UPDATE: Here's George Campbell heading out to practice today in the alternate helmet.