Friday morning, ESPN released a cool feature on the “best” football tradition for each team in the top 25 heading into the season. Ohio State’s was a little different than the rest.
Most traditions had to do with how a team enters the stadium, what it does after victory, etc. Ohio State’s was just “beating Michigan.” We doubt Buckeyes fans will disagree.
The Buckeyes have plenty of traditions. But considering they’ve won 14 of their last 15 against Michigan, they’ll probably be okay with the selection.
The “dotting of the i” by the marching band was also mentioned. There’s also the Mirror Lake jump – which has been decomissioned after a student died a few years ago.
“Beating Michigan. Seven years in a row (and 14 of the past 15) is long enough to be deemed a tradition in modern-day college football, is it not? The victories have often been memorable and frequently launched the Buckeyes forward into a championship game in recent seasons. If the Wolverines end the drought in the wake of Urban Meyer’s retirement, Ohio State can always fall back on that big, beautiful sousaphone “dotting the i” as the band finishes unfurling its script Ohio formation.”
This year, at least right now, Michigan is favored for the contest. It’ll be interesting to see if that matters.