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OSU aims to be "Oregon of the Midwest?"

The past two seasons, Oklahoma State has donned black jerseys, black pants and white helmets with black trim in a conference game broadcast on ESPN on Thursday night.

Fans loved them. I did, too.

Now, according to a report in the Eugene Register-Guard, we may be able to expect some more color combinations from the Cowboys in the coming season.

From the column:

Last month, I visited Stillwater, Okla., where they’re abuzz about what the Cowboys are about to do. No one’s saying, not officially. But one highly placed official says:

“We’re going to be the Oregon of the Midwest.”

We’ll have to wait awhile to know for sure, but I suspect Oklahoma State’s football team won’t be wearing the same outfit twice (in a row) again. It’ll take a math whiz to figure out the possible combinations of orange, black, white and smoke gray (which will be added to the Cowboys’ offerings).

“This will give us something, another edge,” the Oklahoma State official says — and that’s what this is all about.

I'm one person who loves Oregon's uniforms. Most recruits, it would seem, agree. I doubt we'll see any highlighter-bright yellows on the Cowboys uniforms, but headline-making uniforms, whether fans love them or hate them, are good for a school. It gets people talking and puts your program in a spotlight.

And Oregon, you may recall, just played for a national title. Like Oklahoma State, it wasn't a historical power, but usurped USC as the Pac-10's resident ruler the past two seasons and got out of Pac-10 play without a loss last year. The uniforms themselves didn't have much to do with it, but the publicity that came with them certainly helped.

On the field, Oklahoma State took a big step forward last year, looking every bit the part of a Big 12 contender for the entire 2010 season.

Could uniforms be a factor in pushing it over the top?