Behind the scenes at the OSU vs. Notre Dame game

Come along with City Editor Hanna to the tailgates, sidelines, and press box at Ohio Stadium during one of the biggest college football games of the year.


The Buckeyes sang Carmen Ohio after the win. | Photo by CBUStoday

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Ohio State’s slogan is “The People. The Tradition. The Excellence.” + the slogan has never made more sense than after spending the day behind the scenes at the OSU vs. Notre Dame game. 🏈

The People

We all have one thing in common on game dayswe’re rooting for the Buckeyes. It’s a feeling of unity that can’t be described until you experience it. On this particular game day, certain people made the experience even more special.

  • Grammy-nominated rapper Jack Harlow was the first guest picker of the season on ESPN’s College GameDay, and he chose Ohio State to win + performed.
  • Former Buckeye and current Bengals star quarterback Joe Burrow made an appearance and was recognized on the field during the first quarter — and the fans went wild.
  • LeBron James and his son Bronny wore Buckeyes gear on the sidelines to cheer on their favorite team — and they had everyone starstruck, including City Editor Hanna.

LeBron James and his son Bronny stood together on the sidelines before the game. | Photo by CBUStoday

The Tradition

There are few Columbus traditions stronger than a game day tailgate. We walked around outside The Shoe and stopped by different tailgates to hear how excited everyone was about the big game.

Another tradition that never fails is the OH-IO chant. Before the game, we were sitting in the quiet press box. But throughout the stadium, we could hear each of the four sides of The Shoe chanting “O-H-I-O” with echoes throughout the stadium.

TBDBITL’s halftime performances are another timeless tradition, and they put on quite the show on Saturday with a “Buckeye Jazz Cafe” theme.


Views from the press box as the Buckeyes ran out to the field. | Photo by CBUStoday

The Excellence

There’s a reason people in Columbus always bet on the Buckeyesthey rarely let us down. They proved their excellence yet again with a 21-10 victory over the Fighting Irish in this top five matchup. We all sang Carmen Ohio together, and now we can sleep peacefully until next Saturday. Go Bucks.

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