The Ohio State-*ichigan game, one of the most intense rivalries in college football, spawned one of the shiniest Buckeye traditions: the Gold Pants.
With only six wins in the first 30 years of the bitter rivalry with “The School Up North,” recently hired Ohio State head coach Francis Schmidt was asked about the team’s chances in his inaugural 1934 season. His reply, “They (the Wolverines) put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us.” The comment inspired the formation of the Gold Pants Club, which rewards Buckeyes for a win in "The Game" with a pair of engraved gold football pants for each player. And how did Francis Schmidt’s team fare? Four straight shutout wins. Turns out a little extra incentive never hurts. Pay homage.
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