In 1983, former OSU Marching Band member John Tatgenhorst was mixing instrumental tracks at Universal Studios in Chicago with Gene Warman when he realized that the cheer being used at Buckeye games was difficult to follow and never really took hold. Inspired, Tatgenhorst composed and arranged “Let’s Go Bucks!” and gave it to TBDBITL at no cost.
While written primarily for football games, the cheer is commonly played at other Ohio State sporting events, including baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer. There are no lyrics to the song, but there are noticeable pauses for the crowd to yell, “Let's Go Bucks!”
It doesn’t matter if you were born and raised in the great state of Ohio, “That State Up North,” or anywhere else in U.S. (or even the world)—for college football fans, the annual Ohio State-Michigan showdown transcends geography and has become known simply as “The Game.” Ranked as the greatest North American sports rivalry by ESPN in 2000, the two schools have been meeting at the end of the season for over a century, and have decided the Big Ten championship between themselves on 22 different occasions.
With the Morrill Act of 1862 providing 30,000 acres of land to each state for the establishment of universities, Ohio founded the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1870—what would become the university you know and love today.
It would take three years for classes to start at the college and another decade before the school diversified its interests and became a thriving urban center of thought with master’s and doctoral programs.
Now the university boasts more than 200 undergraduate majors and another 200 master’s and doctoral programs. And, oh yeah, an unrivaled athletic tradition, complete with 28 NCAA national team titles. Pay homage.
The season that was nearly written off after the second game now lives as arguably the most memorable in the Buckeyes 125-year football history.
Coming in at number five in the 2014 AP preseason rankings and with a solid schedule, Ohio State was an early favorite to fill one of the four slots of the inaugural College Football Playoffs. But that all changed when your Buckeyes lost their starting quarterback before the season even kicked off. And a loss in week two to unranked Virginia Tech all but sealed their fate of missing out on the playoffs. Then momentum shifted. Your Buckeyes found their form and put together nine straight wins to steadily climb back up the rankings. Alas, during the final game of the regular season, another devastating blow: Ohio State’s second-string quarterback suffers a season-ending leg injury. Without flinching ahead the Big Ten Championship, Ohio State called on the next man up, a redshirt sophomore, and the team delivered a 59-0 rout to Wisconsin to send them into the playoffs as the fourth and final team. With the same playbook from the Big Ten Championship, your Buckeyes dominated #1 seed Alabama in the semis and #2 seed Oregon in the final to become the first Football Playoff National Champions, bringing their tally to eight national championships. Pay homage to the incredible comeback season, and gear up for the grind for nine. O-H!