Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Before the Zona Zoo, Arizona had the Red Sea. This Friday when the Wildcats take on Arizona State for the Territorial Cup, they will be decked out in all red.
Arizona is debuting an all-red look for Friday's Territorial Cup showdown against rival Arizona State, per the program's official Twitter account.
A twitpic of a red helmet prototype circulated previously, but never made the Wildcats' official game day rotation. Friday will mark the first time Arizona has worn a red helmet since the 1980 season. The program abandoned red for white for over two decades, starting in the 1981 campaign. Via MG's Helmets:
The #RedOut suggests a movement to fill Arizona Stadium with red gear on Friday. Before the Zona Zoo began in 2002, Arizona's fan base was called the Red Sea, a title coined during the basketball program's run to the Final Four in the 1987-'88 season.
This year's Territorial Cup is perhaps a nod to eras of Wildcat sports past. It's also not the first time one of the two teams debuted a never-before-seen alternate uniform for the Duel in the Desert. In 1989, Arizona State sported an all-gold look. Arizona won that installment of the series, 28-10. ASU has never won the all-gold uniform since.
SBNation Arizona posted the below photo of Matt Scott holding one of the new helmets after practice on Sunday: