Kentucky's official school colors still might be blue and white, but its second all-time victory against a Steve Spurrier-coached football team was recorded in black and silver chrome.
In the aftermath of Kentucky's 45-38 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night, Nellie Taylor, a 71-year-old retired high school science teacher, called to make a football fashion statement.
"One thing I wish someone would bring to the attention of everyone," she said. "Our team was the best-dressed in the nation (Saturday) night. Those helmets were hot."
If my Twitter time line is indicative of the public discourse in the commonwealth, the most hotly debated topic this fall has nothing to do with the U.S. Senate race. What has people spitting digital fire is the refusal of UK football to be bound by traditional Kentucky blue and white.
It's not fight, fight, fight for the black and gray. The school colors are blue and white, period.
It's ridiculous. No one has any concept at this point what a Kentucky football uniform is supposed to look like.
You know who actually takes pride in their (traditional) look? Real SEC schools.
In starting this season a surprising 4-1, the troops of Coach Mark Stoops have been chameleons.
Tennessee-Martin: Kentucky wore blue helmets, blue jerseys and white pants.
Ohio University: Kentucky wore blue helmets, gray jerseys with blue shoulder accents and blue pants.
At Florida: Kentucky wore white helmets, white jerseys, blue pants.
Vanderbilt: Kentucky wore blue helmets, blue jerseys and gray pants.
South Carolina: Kentucky wore silver chrome helmets, black jerseys with blue shoulder accents and black pants.
"We have a lot of options," Stoops said. "It is good to change it up. I think our players like it. It's good for recruiting. It's been good for us to spice it up a bit."
In this age of alternative uniforms, I envisioned an official in the Southeastern Conference office overseeing a complex grid of uniform selections, their one job being to ensure that both teams don't show up in gray for the same game.
Alas, Chuck Dunlap, an SEC football publicist, says that is not the case.
"Unusual or different uniform schemes and designs are approved by the conference office prior to the season," he wrote in an email. "Helmets have not been part of those discussions previously. If a school has a question on legality (of a uniform), they will bring it to us."
Per SEC custom, home teams usually wear dark jerseys, while the visitor brings white or light unis. (LSU, which prefers to wear white jerseys in Baton Rouge, is an exception).
"Unless there is a change from traditional color of home/away jersey, there is no prior approval or awareness from the opponent," Dunlap said.
Kentucky is hardly the only SEC school altering its look. When then-No. 6 Texas A&M visited then-No. 12 Mississippi State last week, both teams wore alternates.
A&M's all white look, from cleats to helmets, was dubbed its "Iced Out" uniforms by adidas. State wore its "100 Year Uniforms" — highlighted by white face masks and jerseys with striped shoulders — that were designed to commemorate the centennial of Scott Field, the Bulldogs' football home.
To me, the whole alternate uniform debate comes down to three points.
If Kentucky comes out wearing orange or red, that would be too far. There's nothing objectionable, however, with some black and gray augmenting the blue and white.
Alabama might not alter its look, but its uniform represents excellence — a program that claims 15 national titles. Kentucky has not had a winning SEC record in football since 1977. It needs to sell "a new day." Different uniforms might help that marketing effort.
Those who contend alternate uniforms exist only to help shoe companies and apparel suppliers make money are correct. What justifies them, though, is this: No UK football player, not one, has told me, when asked, that he did not like wearing different uniform combinations.
Anything that makes college sports more fun for the people who play, I'm down with.
So is Nellie Taylor, who figures she watches more college football than any other 71-year-old grandmother in the country.
"I watched football games from all over the nation (Saturday). I even watched the (late-night) games from California," she said. Kentucky's uniforms "looked so sharp. And the helmets were gorgeous."