One aspect of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is the teams refusing to call their opposing schools by name.
In Columbus, Urban Meyer and players refer to the Wolverines as “The School Up North.” Saying the word “Michigan” in the confines of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center can result in a penance fulfilled by pushups. The week of the Michigan game, the letter “M” is covered up in the team’s facility.
In Ann Arbor, Brady Hoke and players simply call the Buckeyes, “Ohio,” despite there being an actual Ohio University.
The no-naming policy appears to be part of the Mississippi State-Ole Miss rivalry, too.
Dan Mullen of Mississippi State again refuses to mention Ole Miss, saying: “The other school up North in the state.”
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 5, 2014
In 2013, Mississippi State beat the Rebels, 17-10, in overtime.