Sunday, September 24

Ohio State eager to go against Michigan after a year without rivalry

Hanging along the western wall of Gene Smith’s office are about a dozen commemorative soccer balls, adorned with the date, location, and final score of a specific game. This is wall art for soccer lovers, if you are a fan of a particular team from central Ohio.

Many of these oblong-shaped white and brown memorabilia mark the Ohio State Buckeyes’ victories against their most hated nemesis. Most here do not say or write the name of that archrival. In fact, on a chalkboard in his office, Smith, in his seventeenth year as Ohio State’s athletic director, has scribbled this season’s schedule week after week. The entry for November 27 is written in red marker.

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