Traditions: Ohio State's Script Ohio and Dotting of the i

By Eye on College Football staff

It didn't take Urban Meyer long to restore Ohio State to glory; in fact, he is 19-0 as head coach of the No. 4 Buckeyes. A home game Saturday against Penn State stands in the way of making Meyer the first coach to have winning streaks of 20 games or more at three different schools (Meyer also did so at Utah and Florida).

Clearing the Penn State hurdle would be big for the Buckeyes as they position themselves for a run at the BCS title. With those stakes, our season-long look at some of college football's top traditions focuses on one of one of the most iconic symbols of big-time football in Big Ten country: Ohio State's Script Ohio and the "dotting of the i."

Ohio State ranks fifth all-time in victories among FBS schools, with an on-the-field tradition that stacks up well with any program. Gameday in Columbus wouldn't be the same without the Ohio State Marching Band's Script Ohio. That pre-game tradition dates to 1936 and is capped by the "dotting of the i." Typically the duty is reserved for a sousaphone player who has spent at least four years in the program but Ohio State does give the honor to distinguished alumni or celebrities with ties to the state of Ohio. Among the big names to punctuate pregame are comedian Bob Hope, golfer Jack Nicklaus, astronaut John Glenn and former boxing champ Buster Douglas, a native of Columbus.

It remains to be seen if Meyer keeps the winning streak going, or if the Buckeyes can add another Big Ten or maybe even a national title to their collection, but this is one tradition that is always near the top of the polls.

 
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