The Ohio State University

GAME DAY TRADITIONS

Scarlet, gray and Buckeyes in all forms imaginable, from jewelry  to candy, take over Columbus on game day! Visit Buckeye Grove in the early fall to collect some of your own lucky Buckeyes that have fallen from the trees or purchase a Buckeye necklace from a street vendor near campus.  Don’t miss a performance by the marching band, before or during the game; the band at OSU is taken just as seriously as their football team. Rock out to “Hang on Sloopy,” get your picture taken with Brutus Buckeye, and, if the Bucks have a good game, listen for the Victory Bell to chime from Ohio Stadium.

School Colors: Scarlet & Gray
Nickname: Buckeyes
Mascot: Brutus Buckeye

 

BUCKEYE LEAVES

In 1968, trainer Ernie Biggs started the tradition of awarding players with Buckeye leaf stickers for their helmets after every game. But simply completing a good play won't earn a player a sticker. Click here ... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

Across the Field “Across the Field” was written by OSU student William A. Dougherty, Jr. in 1915 in response for a fight song more enthusiastic than the already established “Carmen Ohio”.   The song urges all OSU sports teams to victory, and is sung by the football team in the locker room after every game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYYWk5YgdWU ... (more)

THE OHIO STATE MARCHING BAND

OSUMB Traditions “The Pride of the Buckeyes," The Ohio State University Marching Band is the largest all-brass and percussion band in the world.  The OSUMB earned its nickname “TBDBITL” when former head football coach Woody Hayes once referred to the group as “The Best Damn ... (more)

SKULL SESSION

In 1932, then band director Eugene J. Weigel had the band start memorizing music, and scheduled a Saturday morning rehearsal he dubbed a “Skull Session." Weigel intended for the Skull Session to be a final time for the band to focus on its performance and play the music while mentally practicing each marching maneuver. In 1957, this final rehearsal moved into the new... (more)

TBDBITL RAMP ENTRANCE

Unchanged since its inception in 1928, the Ramp Entrance precedes every home pre-game in Ohio Stadium. After Skull Session, the band marches across Woody Hayes Drive towards the main stadium entrance. When the band reaches the rotunda, the percussion cadences increase speed and the band bursts through the gates, thundering down the ramp, and breaking off into their assigned rows to gather at their... (more)

SCRIPT OHIO & DOTTING THE

The OSUMB first dotted the "i" of the Script Ohio formation on October 10, 1936 during halftime of a game against the University of Pittsburgh. The band performed “the incomparable” Script Ohio while playing the traditional French military march, Le Regiment de Sambre et Meuse. Today, the ‘i’ is famously dotted by a carefully chosen 4th or 5th year sousaphone... (more)

Originally recorded by The McCoys, a small pop/rock band from Union City, Indiana in 1965, the OSUMB added their own version of the hit to its repertoire that same year. The OSUMB's new song debuted during a game against Illinois on October 9. Although it was not immediately well-received (presumably because the band could not take the field due to rain), the band's second performance of "Hang on ... (more)

BRUTUS BUCKEYE & CHEERLEADERS

The Buckeye first appeared in costume as the OSU mascot at... (more)

O-H-I-O CHEER

This cheer is thought to have started in the 1930’s by cheerleader Clancy Issac, who also founded Block “O". Led by the cheerleaders, each section of the stadium shouts a letter, repeatedly spelling O-H-I-O while f... (more)

BLOCK

Started in 1938 by cheerleader Clancy Isaac, Block "O” is today the largest student organization on campus. Located in section 39A in the south stands of Ohio Stadium, Block "O” lends its support at home football games by leading stadium-wide cheers and performing computer-programmed card stunts. Block "O" has also branched out to other sports in the form of Buckeye Nuthouse (Men’s and Women... (more)

VICTORY BELL

Members of Alpha Phi Omega began ringing the 150-feet-high Victory Bell after every football victory in 1954, after  OSU defeated the University of California. Located in the southeast tower of Ohio Stadium and weighing over 2,400 pounds, the bell is said to be heard from up to five miles away. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SbrTWAU7ac... (more)

The rivalry between Ohio and Michigan dates back before football to a territorial dispute along the border in 1803. The border rivalry extended to football just a few decades later and has since been one of the most storied rivalries in history. Set to the tune of “Old Gray Mare," it is not clear how the lyrics of "We Don't Give a Damn About the Whole State of Michigan," came about or when. The ... (more)