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This undated photo provided by Northwestern Athletic Department on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, shows a model dressed in the NCAA college football team's new the patriotic-themed uniform. When Northwestern takes the field against Michigan on Saturday, the Wildcats will trade their familiar purple for a set of patriotic uniforms like no other; stars and stripes across the shoulders and a distressed pattern that to some looks like blood stains on a flag. They're simply the latest push by companies that supply athletic equipment to schools to honor the military, and the players love it , especially when they help raise money for soldiers injured in the line of duty. (AP Photo/Northwestern University)

This undated photo provided by Northwestern Athletic Department on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, shows a model dressed in the NCAA college football team's new the patriotic-themed uniform. When Northwestern takes the field against Michigan on Saturday, the Wildcats will trade their familiar purple for a set of patriotic uniforms like no other; stars and stripes across the shoulders and a distressed pattern that to some looks like blood stains on a flag. They're simply the latest push by companies that supply athletic equipment to schools to honor the military, and the players love it , especially when they help raise money for soldiers injured in the line of duty. (AP Photo/Northwestern University)

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