Nike chose nine teams to the innovative Nike Pro Combat system of dress for the 2011 college football season, and the Michigan State Spartans are one of those nine teams chosen. When the gates lift for their battle against rival University of Michigan on October 15th, the Spartans will sport a unique design with bronze coloring, honoring the heroic armor of their historic namesake. Bronze is visible throughout the uniform, adding an authentic strength and durability that’s right in line with the Spartan name and what the Mascot stands for. Nike’s overall innovation starts at the baselayer, as strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage. It features customizable protection, incorporating a thin, incredibly strong carbon fiber plate. This symbolically mirrors that of the Spartan shield, which is emblazoned on the right of the baselayer. The Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding, combined with strategically placed cooling zones helps wick away sweat to keep competitors cool, while the Flywire-threaded collar allows for more breathability, enabling that extra push needed during the rigors of Saturday battle. The back of the collar is inscribed with the words “Molon Labe,” the Spartans’ defiant challenge to the competition to “come and get them!” Gloves complete the traditional Spartan headdress look. What do you think of the new get up? Love it or hate it and why?