The Buckeyes are going to Miami to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
No, it's not the BCS Championship but a BCS-sized consolation prize complete with sandy beaches, sunny skies and an atmosphere that will make any mention of anything having to do with Michigan seem a million miles away.
Of course, since the game will be played in the heat and humidity of South Florida, fans will need tee-shirts. Preferably Ohio State themed tee-shirts which allow buck-nuts to wear their colors on their sleeve.
Ohio State fans could go with a block "O" design, a "gold-pants" shirt highlighting the win over Michigan or the newly released Marcus Hall salute shirt.
This tee-shirt, available at Simply Vague at Polaris Fashion place features the now iconic image of the Ohio State lineman flipping the double birds at the Michigan Stadium crowd shortly after being ejected from the 2013 edition of The Game.
Hall's image makes up the "H" in the word Ohio. Just below that is the phrase "State of Mind".
The woman in the store says the shirt is the product of former Ohio State basketball player Brandon Fuss-Cheatham.
From fame and humiliation springs a fashion statement for the brash and crass class of the Buckeye fan base.
The moment was a costly one for Hall. He missed the final three quarters of his team's win over the maize and blue. He ended his career against Michigan with a moment that will endure forever.
Hall was reprimanded by the Big Ten. Urban Meyer benched Hall for the Big Ten championship game saying he was "disappointed by his actions."
His teammate, Corey Linsley told reporters Hall was "distraught and completely wiped out about what he did."
Hall has not spoken publicly about the moment, but he did offer an apology through his Twitter account which said in part, " My actions do not reflect who I am as a person and teammate. I love The Ohio State University and appreciate everything it has done for me."
And now there's a tee-shirt to help keep this moment fresh in everyone's mind including Hall's.
It's understandable. Ohio State fans love to share their hatred of all things Michigan with the world.
Somehow wins on the field are not enough. Dominating the series since the turn of the century is not enough.
Double Birds in the Big House serves as a simple lowest common denominator for fans who prefer sign language over any hint of sportsmanship.
As a result, a moment that embarassed and humiliated a Buckeye player, his coach and his university is celebrated as a great moment in the history of the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry.
Sadly, the tee-shirt will sell and someone will realize a profit. But this gain comes with a clear loss as well.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hasn't lost a game at Ohio State. He won two national titles at Florida. In 14 years as a head coach at 4 schools his overall record is 128-23.
Yet he has more critics than any other head coach in the game.
Here's the latest. Caution, if you love Ohio State and Urban Meyer, this will make you angry.
Secondly, I am just the poster, not the author.
For most people, November is for turkeys.
In college football, November is for contenders. The phrase/cliche is not new. I'm sure the first coach to realize the rhyming magic in those words used them to motivate his football team decades ago.
Former OSU coach Jim Tressel made it a month-long theme during his tenure at Ohio State. A tenure that coincided with 24-hour online Buckeye information overload. So, the expression has enjoyed renewed success since the turn of the century.
But it's December now. With college football's 12-game, conference championship landscape being what it is, this month is more important than November.
What rhymes with December?
Let's go with "remember".
As memorable as the season's last Saturday in November was,(and it'll be tough to beat) the first Saturday in December is setting up to be a scintilating encore.
First, a quick review. Ohio State ran through November unscathed while others contenders stumbled.
Oregon lost on November 7th.
Stanford lost on November 16th.
Baylor lost on November 23rd
Alabama lost on November 30th.
And the BCS gates that seemed to lock out the Buckeyes at the beginning of November, swing open now as Christmas month begins.
December's devine intervention? It seems so.
Ohio State is now second in the BCS rankings. Good enough for a shot at the title.
But there's one more hurdle to clear.
The Buckeyes must beat Michigan State in Saturday's Big Ten Championship game.
You think Woody ever envisioned a game after the Michigan game that was more important that The Game? Well, here it is. In December.
Once viewed simply as a conduit to print more money for major conferences, there are at least three conference championship games this weekend that will determine the fate of the national champion.
The Buckeyes play in one of them.
Top-ranked Florida State plays 20th ranked Duke for the ACC title Saturday. But the game that has the potential to impact the Buckeyes the most matches 3rd ranked Auburn against 5th ranked Missouri for the Southeastern Conference title.
Both sets of Tigers believe they can lay claim to a spot in the national title game by winning the SEC championship game. Both also know one of the two teams ahead of them would have to lose for that to happen.
The Buckeyes need to keep the steamroller moving along. Flatten Sparty Saturday and they'll make it a December to remember.
And put a nice Scarlet and Gray gift under the tree at the same time.
It was a big weekend of college football that did not include Ohio State--or did it?
The Buckeyes had this week off but to no one's surprise they were still a hot topic.
It began Thursday night in Palo Alto, California and continued late into Saturday night in Tusacaloosa, Alabama.
The Buckeyes were on everyone's minds in cities from Eugene, Oregon to Tallahassee, Florida to Waco, Texas.
Where do the Buckeyes fit?
With all due respect to the Buck-nuts located in the Buckeye State, the more objective answer to that question might come from outside of our state's borders.
There is no question what Buckeyes think. Ohio State was fourth in last week's BCS rankings, the team ahead of them (Oregon) lost so the Buckeyes should be third.
Where do you put Stanford? The Cardinal, ranked fifth in the BCS last week was pretty thorough in its drowning of the once mighty Ducks. Shouldn't they leap-frog the Buckeyes into that third spot?
Where do you move Baylor? The Bears also took out a top-10 team (Oklahoma). Baylor was sixth last week. With their win over the Sooners, they are now 8-0.
The game within the game is called "SOS". Also known as strength of schedule.
Alabama is still a pretty clear number one. They are the defending national champions. They have defeated three top-25 teams includiing 13th ranked LSU Saturday night.
Florida State has a clear claim to the second spot. They are 9-0 and have dismantled three ranked opponents, Maryland, Clemson and Miami of Florida.
Then it gets interesting.
The Buckeyes have wins over two ranked teams. Of those, Wisconsin is still ranked (24th) and now boasts a 7-2 record after beating BYU 27-17. Northwestern has lost every game since losing to the Buckeyes and has dropped out of the rankings.
Stanford has a loss to a unranked team (Utah) but has also defeated four ranked teams include the once invincible Ducks. Three of those four teams are still ranked among the nation's best.
Baylor is unbeaten and has the nation's highest scoring offense. The Bears have scored 69 or more points 5 times this season but they have just one win over a ranked team and that came Thursday night.
So putting all of that into the computer. My guess would be Ohio State will once again stay in the 4 spot. Don't be surprised to see Stanford jump the Bucks sending everyone into a Scarlet and Gray tizzy.
The Buckeyes got help this week but only in moving Oregon out of the way. Stanford will grab onto that third spot knowing that a second loss will take that ranking away in a flash.
In that regard, Ohio State has the advantage of knowing it should be heavily favored the rest of the way. Their next text may come from Michigan State in the big Ten title game in Indianapolis.
It's not time to panic. But the Buckeyes will need help in November and early December to have a shot at national title.
They got it in 2002, 2006 and 2007. Can it happen again?