How powerful is this nation? More than a half-million powerful—out-numbering cities Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans.
Since Ohio State’s founding in 1870, the university has been building one of the largest, strongest and most devoted contingents of any school. And each year, more than 50,000 new students enroll to carry on the nation. At the game and across town, rep your Buckeye pride in this super-soft instant-classic. How firm thy friendship...OHIO!
Since 1922, Ohio Stadium (better known “The Horseshoe” or just "The 'Shoe” because of its distinctive shape) has been the home field for the Ohio State Buckeyes. When it opened, The Shoe held just over 66,000 fans; after a 2014 renovation that added more seating in the end zone, the official capacity is now 104,944, making it the fourth largest stadium in the United States and fifth largest in the world.
Before bones began appearing on Georgia’s helmets, before the tomahawks on Florida State’s, and long before the ax blades on Stanford’s, it was Ohio State with the Buckeye leaf.
Suggested by Buckeyes trainer Ernie Biggs during the team’s 1968 national-championship-winning season, the tradition awards players for remarkable overall performances, game-defining plays and for Buckeye victories.
While originally a rare feat to receive a leaf under legendary perfectionist and head coach Woody Hayes, the practice has been refined from the theatrical presentation it was and now is a low-key distribution. With the Buckeyes delivering banner seasons as of late, the silver bullets have been filling fast, each able to hold around 80 leaves. Pay homage to more than 50 years of the Buckeye tradition.
One of the most storied seasons in Buckeye history, 1942 marked the first football national championship for Ohio State. Led by head coach and the godfather of Ohio football, Paul Brown, the legendary squad counted five All-Americans in the ranks and secured a near-perfect season record. Warm up your throat for the Buckeye Battle Cry, and pay homage to the early glory days with this super-soft classic, featuring the original 1942 script.
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!