While everyone in Columbus and Ann Arbor has their own unique superstitions and traditions that help them prepare for The Game, one of the most respected institutions in the Ohio State community takes the prize for the most adorable “Beat Michigan Week” tradition. Every year the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center celebrates the babies born around this all-important football rivalry with a special keepsake.
This year, every baby born during the lead up to the de facto playoff elimination game will be swaddled in a scarlet blanket emblazoned with the words “BEAT MICHIGAN 11-26-2016.” If you search #BuckeyeBabies on any social media platform, parents are sharing pictures of their babies born during Rivalry Week 2016, and previous years as well.
The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines at 12 pm ET at Ohio Stadium this Saturday. The Game will be broadcast on ABC. Michigan controls its own postseason destiny, as a win will guarantee them a division title and a spot in the following week’s Big Ten Championship game.
If the Buckeyes win, as they have in 13 of the past 15 years, they are likely assured of their second College Football Playoff berth in three years. They will then have to wait to learn their conference title game fate until after No. 8 Penn State hosts Michigan State later on Saturday afternoon.
While anything can happen when the two biggest rivals in college football take the field, as these pictures prove, OSU has the early lead when it comes to adorable kids.