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Residents of Oregon, OH want to change city's name to cheer on Ohio State, mayor says no

One small Ohio town wants to change their name to root on Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

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Did you know there was a city in Ohio called Oregon? You do now.

According to a report from the Toledo Free Press, residents of the city want to temporarily change its name Jan. 12 in order to properly root on the Buckeyes against the Oregon Ducks.

Oregon, a suburb of Toledo in Lucas County, is on Lake Erie. The city has a population of 20,000 and in a surprise to no one well acquainted with Toledo, tends to harbor a good number of Michigan fans.

"When Michigan plays Ohio State, obviously I’m a Michigan fan, but every time OSU plays I hope they win because in the grand scheme it’s good for the Big Ten," Mark Rabbitt, one of two Oregon natives who started a petition to change the name told the Free Press.

So on the flip side of the ledger, is there an Ohio, OR? Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be.

The Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks meet Jan. 12 at 8:30 p.m. in Arlington, TX.

UPDATE: Jan. 4, 6:45 p.m.: Unfortunately the mayor of Oregon, OH seems to be quite the buzzkill:

Even the mayor is a little feisty about this name change and loyal to his home team. He did a little bit of homework and found out The city at work I'm got its name in 1838. The state of Oregon got its name in 1859. He says they had the name first and they are not changing it.

"To change the name of Oregon just seemed wrong for us," says Mayor Mike Seferian. He says the origin of both names come from the Oregon territory out west even before Oregon was a state.