Starts at the North or South end of the stadium. Everyone from that section shouts “O!” and makes an “O” with their arms. The chant moves clockwise around the stadium, each section holding their hands up and shouting the next letter in O-H-I-O depending on your section seat. More impactful if done in an opponent’s stadium, or obviously at the Bitchigan game.
When the opposing team is kicking o , the student section warms up the kicker by cooing a low “OHHHHH!” and timing the kick itself with “O-H- I-O LET’S GO BUCKS!”
When Ohio State is kicking to the other team, we honor the unspoken rule that the student section still chants an old cheer that has faced some controversy in recent years. Despite the efforts to change it to the cheer aforementioned, you’ll still hear students chanting “O-H-I-O RIP HIS F***ING HEAD OFF! AND TAKE HIS SHOOOOOOOES!”
Some people don’t learn the words to our alma mater, Carmen Ohio, until their senior year. Don’t be one of those people. Learn them right now.
“Oh, come let’s sing Ohio’s praise And songs to Alma Mater raise While our hearts rebounding thrill With joy which death alone can still Summer’s heat or winter’s cold
The seasons pass the years will roll Time and change will surely show How firm thy friendship… O-HI-O!”
Photo by David Heasley