The Ohio State University

RIVALRY TRADITIONS

With the creation of the two Big Ten divisions, Legends and Leaders, some of the traditional rivalry games have unfortunately been diminished given that the teams will no longer play each other every year. However, OSU (Leaders) will keep its annual meeting with Illinois (Leaders) and Michigan (Legends) in a protected cross-over game.

OHIO STATE vs. ILLINOIS

THE ILLIBUCK TROPHY The winner of the Ohio State – Illinois game receives the Illibuck Trophy, one of the oldest rivalry trophies in college football. The tradition started in 1925 when junior honorary ... (more)

OHIO STATE vs. MICHIGAN

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. ESPN has called the University of Michigan-Ohio State rivalry the greatest sports rivalry of the 20th century. The schools do not play for a trophy, but s... (more)