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.
The embodiment of Ohio State since a 1965 recommendation for an official mascot by students Ray Bourhis and Sally Huber, Brutus leads the Buckeye charge. He’s come a long way from his papier-mâché beginnings and later fiberglass days, now having starred in credit card commercials and guesting on late-night talk show skits. But fear not, his roots are firmly planted on the field of the ‘Shoe in fall and he specializes in firing up Value City Arena every winter. Pay homage to more than 50 years of Ohio State’s pride and joy.
In August, preseason Heisman favorite Braxton Miller injured his shoulder ten days before Ohio State’s first game, the Buckeyes were written off.
Enter redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who led Ohio State to an 11-1 record, a Big Ten Eastern Division title, and a win over that school up north before being carted off with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.
Enter redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones. Before the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin, with the Buckeyes needing a convincing victory to sway the playoff committee.
As that next man, Jones led the Buckeyes to 59-0 dismantling of the Badgers and a thrilling 42-35 win over #1 ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, earning OSU a date with Oregon for the national championship.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer subscribes to the popular theory that, in college football, there’s always someone waiting in the wings--call it the “Next Man Up” approach. “Every program teaches that,” Meyer said to the Columbus Dispatch, “but that’s interesting when you see it come to fruition.”
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.
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!
The famous four letters of Script Ohio are the perfect way to display your Buckeye State pride. From Cleveland to Cincy, from C-Bus to the shores of Lake Erie, we’re repping The Heart of It All in our signature super-soft style. Pay homage to a classic look that’s stood the test of time. Snag the Script - and celebrate Ohio - today.