The Blood Battle begins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State fans expect to keep their trophy paid for with the blood of thousands of die-hard fans who claim they bleed scarlet and gray.

The 34th annual Blood Battle between Ohio State and Michigan fans began Sunday. The annual competition which transforms arch rivals into partners with the American Red Cross generates thousands of blood donations.

Anyone interested in donating can schedule an appointment online, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Results of the contest will be announced at the November 28 game against Michigan in Ann Arbor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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