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The Conrads Team - April 8th, 2021

10 Ways to Know You're a Buckeye Fan

You're an Ohio State Buckeyes fan. You bleed Scarlet and Gray. You know that true Buckeye fans despise The Team Up North. You know which school has The Best Damn Band in the Land! But just in case you're concerned about your level of passion for your beloved Buckeyes, here's a quick checklist of (Big) 10 ways to prove that you are indeed an Ohio State football fan.

#1 - OSU Fans Simply Hate the Color Blue

Coach Urban Meyer made it clear: You're either a Buckeye fan or you're not welcome. The fiery coach outlawed blue shirts to be worn anywhere near his Buckeyes when he coached the team from 2012-2018. The policy was unwavering — even high-level visitors who came to watch an Ohio State practice were asked to exchange their blue shirts for Ohio State colors. The school even provided the change of clothing. True Ohio State fans don't need a strict "no blue" policy. It's ingrained in their heads to rep their favorite team with official Ohio State apparel.

Ohio State Marching Band members hold up a yellow

2. When You Hear 'O-H!' You Respond, 'I-O!'

Ohio State fans are a tight-knit community of loyal supporters. When spotting another OSU fan, proper etiquette almost requires you to greet them with a hearty "O-H!" And if you don't receive an equally enthusiastic "I-O" in response, well, that person just isn't a true Buckeye fan.

3. 'Carmen Ohio' Makes You Swell With Pride

Ohio State fans are a tight-knit community of loyal supporters. When spotting another OSU fan, proper etiquette almost requires you to greet them with a hearty "O-H!" And if you don't receive an equally enthusiastic "I-O" in response, well, that person just isn't a true Buckeye fan.

WATCH: The Ohio State Buckeyes football teams sings "Carmen Ohio" after a Buckeye win.

4. When a Bowl Game Feels Like a Home Game

The Buckeyes may play in Columbus, but Buckeye Nation spreads coast to coast. No other team's fanbase travels better than Ohio State fans. Bowl games are supposed to be neutral sites, but they often resemble a sunny afternoon in Columbus as Buckeye fans are sure to represent their team no matter where the game is played. Check the crowd shots on the nationally televised games on Jan. 1 and you'll see tens of thousands of proud OSU fans dressed in Ohio State gear.

5. You Can't Get Enough 'Hang On Sloopy'

Look up how the 1965 rock-n-roll song from The McCoys became the official anthem for Ohio State fans. It's a fascinating tale. But whether or not you know the history behind the track, a Buckeye fan can't help but get up and dance when The Best Damn Band in the Land breaks into "Hang On Sloopy." O-H-I-O!

6. You've Dreamt of Dotting the 'I'

Speaking of TBDBITL, who tops Script Ohio? The answer is no one. And the finale to this glorious college football tradition is when the sousaphone player marches into the precise spot to dot the "i" in Ohio. A handful of Ohio luminaries (including Bob Hope, Jack Nicklaus and John Glenn) have been asked to be ceremonial dotters. If you don't tear up watching Woody Hayes dot the "i" in 1983, you're no Buckeye fan.

WATCH: Woody Hayes dots the "I" during a 1983 home game.

7. You Can Spell 'OHIO' With Your Body

Grab three other Ohio State fans, put on your best Ohio State t-shirts, and each form a single letter to spell "OHIO." Bonus points if you do this in an exotic locale with a recognizable feature in the background.

8. Your Favorite Treat Is a Buckeye 

Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter Buckeyes? I mean, come on! It doesn't get any better than every Ohio State fan's favorite candy snack. True fans keep them in stock at all times — they never leave the shopping list.

9. You Pack Plenty of OSU Fan Gear Whenever You Leave the State

It's a must for every Buckeye fan to represent Ohio State as often as possible. This becomes even more important when you leave the friendly confines of the Buckeye State. Whether it's a family vacation, a business trip or simply a short weekend getaway for two, you gotta let people know you support THE Ohio State University with official OSU accessories of all kinds.

10. You Can't Remember the Last Time OSU Lost to *ichigan

You've heard the tales of this once-proud program that hailed from the land up north. But that all feels like a hazy memory of a bygone era. The final game on the Buckeyes' schedule (assuming the opponent actually decides to show up) has been a guaranteed victory for years. Young Ohio State fans can't even imagine a loss to *ichigan. It's good to be the king!

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You've heard the tales of this once-proud program that hailed from the land up north. But that all feels like a hazy memory of a bygone era. The final game on the Buckeyes' schedule (assuming the opponent actually decides to show up) has been a guaranteed victory for years. Young Ohio State fans can't even imagine a loss to *ichigan. It's good to be the king!

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