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Thanksgiving: A unique Ohio State tradition

Happy Thanksgiving

STATE OF OHIO ON THANKSGIVING

YEAR

OPPONENT

SCORE

1890

Ohio State vs. Kenyon

10-18

1892 Ohio State vs. Kenyon 26-10

1893

Ohio State vs. Kenyon

8-10

1894 Ohio State vs. Kenyon 20-4
1895 Ohio State vs. Kenyon 12-10

1896

Ohio State vs. Kenyon

18-34

1897

Ohio State vs. Ohio Wesleyan

0-6

1898 Ohio State vs. Ohio Wesleyan 24-0
1899 Ohio State vs. Kenyon 5-0
1900 Ohio State vs. Kenyon 23-5
1901 Ohio State vs. Kenyon 11-6
1902 State of Ohio vs. Indiana 6-6

1903

State of Ohio vs. Indiana

16-17

1904

Ohio State vs. Carlisle Indians

0-23

1905

State of Ohio vs. Indiana

0-11

1906 Ohio State vs. Ohio Medical 11-8
1907 Ohio State vs. Ohio Wesleyan 16-0
1908 Ohio State vs. Kenyon 19-9
1909 Ohio State vs. Kenyon 22-0
1910 Ohio State vs. Kenyon 53-0
1911 State of Ohio in Cincinnati 11-6

1912

Ohio State vs Michigan State

20-35

1917 Ohio State vs. Camp Sherman 28-0

Note: I did some more digging and found several more Thanksgiving Day games being played by Ohio State. Also added some information about when the game was played before and after Thanksgiving.

Long before the NFL declared Thanksgiving as their day to play football, the state of Ohio participated in Turkey Day during its inaugural season in 1890. In fact, the Buckeyes played a total of 23 Thanksgiving games, including 21 consecutive games between 1890 and 1912. All games were home games.

The Buckeyes’ first Turkey Day game came during the inaugural 1890 season against Kenyon, who won 18–10. The two schools played Thanksgiving 11 more times over the next 18 seasons, with the Buckeyes winning the Thanksgiving series 9–3.

Ohio State’s last Thanksgiving game was a 28-0 win over Camp Sherman in 1917. The Buckeyes are 14-8-1 this holiday and have beaten their opponents by 349-218.

Of the 23 Thanksgiving Day games, only one was played outside of Columbus. In 1911, the Buckeyes traveled to Cincinnati and beat the Bearcats 11-6.

The Game: Before or After Thanksgiving?

Since 2010, The Game has been played on the Saturday afternoon after Thanksgiving. Many people would believe that this has always been the case. Yes, playing after Thanksgiving at noon is the new normal, but it’s not the traditional day or time that The Game was played.

Over the years, Ohio State has played That Team 36 times (including this year) after Turkey Day. The Buckeyes are 8-6-1 when they play Ohio Stadium in this scenario and 16-16-3 overall.

The first time the rivalry was fought after Thanksgiving was in 1918. Fielding Yost’s side defeated John Wilce and the Buckeyes 14-0. The 2:00 p.m. kickoff took place at Ohio Field in front of 5,000 fans. It would be another 21 years before The Game would take place after Thanksgiving.

THANKSGIVING CONTEST

OPPONENT

RECORDING

TOTAL POINTS/AVG

KENYON 9-3 (.750) 217-106 /// 18-9
OHIO WESLEYAN 2-1 (0.667) 40-6 /// 13-2
CAMP SHERMAN 1-0 (1,000) 28-0 /// 28-0
CINCINNATI 1-0 (1,000) 11-6 /// 11-6
OHIO MEDICINE 1-0 (1,000) 11-8 /// 11-8

INDIANA

0-2-1 (0.167)

22-34 /// 22-34

CARLISLE INDIANS

0-1 (0.000)

0-23 /// 0-23

MICHIGAN STATE

0-1 (0.000)

20-35

TOTAL 14-8-1 (.630) 349-218

Between 1939 and 2009, only 23 of the 71 post-National Day matchups were played. Prior to the 12 straights currently played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the longest streak was the four, played between 1990 and 1993.

If you’re a traditionalist, the game should be played on the Saturday before Thanksgiving with a kickoff between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. Nearly 29 percent of the games for this famous rivalry were played five days before Thanksgiving and started in that time frame.

That puts the Buckeyes 11-20-3 when they start between 2:00 and 2:30 a.m. before Thanksgiving, and 36-43-3 overall before the holiday.

Ohio State has been 8-2 since adopting the new tradition of playing Saturday afternoon games in 2010. Prior to 2010, the teams faced off six times at noon after Thanksgiving.

No matter what time or day The Game is played, I wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the company of your family, friends and loved ones… in whatever way you can connect today.

Thank you for Ohio State’s 20-year dominance of The Game. May the streak get back on track on Saturday.time to eat

Thanksgiving

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