It's become one of the most anticipated days on the Nebraska football calendar.

Your wait is mercifully over.

The University of Nebraska and Adidas on Thursday unveiled the new "Husker '97" alternate football uniform, which will be worn Oct. 7 against Wisconsin in Lincoln. Inspired by the 1997 undefeated squad, the "Husker '97" alternate uniforms celebrate the 20th anniversary of the championship team that had an average margin of victory of 30 points and produced five All-Americans, a Lombardi Award winner and an Outland Trophy winner.

According to a news release, the uniforms were developed in collaboration with the Nebraska athletic department and "seamlessly blend a retro design that pays tribute to Nebraska's classic signature style with cutting-edge innovation."

The news release continues: "Centered around a one-to-one recreation of the mesh jerseys worn during the 1990s, adidas designers were able to recreate the visual aesthetic and texture of the traditional numbers by utilizing a new framis screen-printing technique that also allows for flexibility and movement. Additional detailing for the retro look includes the classic white pants and the traditional white Cornhuskers helmet that features a classic red 'N' logo on the sides and accented with player numbers featured in red (on) the back of the helmet."

More from the release: "The Husker '97 theme continues on the TECHFIT compression baselayer with the 'Huskers' wordmark prominently place(d) on the chest and accented with traditional stripes on the sleeves to help replicate the look (of) that old school jerseys. Additionally, the theme carries onto the black adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves, featuring a white oversized graphic of the “Huskers” moniker. The adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves feature 4-way stretch mesh for compression fit and GripTack for consistent control in all weather conditions."

Finally, and this is important: "To complete the homage, the team will don all black adidas adizero and FREAK cleats."

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