COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Beat Michigan Week has arrived and it puts the national sports spotlight squarely on Central Ohio.
No. 2 Ohio State will host No. 3 Michigan this Saturday is the most anticipated college football game of the year and the hype on campus has begun.
“It’s crazy. It’s intense. You can feel the vibe the entire week,” says fourth-year Ohio State student Matt Becker.
The letter “M” on signs around campus have been crossed out, as is tradition, but who crosses the letters out remains a mystery.
“I always wake up and the next morning, all the ‘M’s’ are crossed out and I’m like, ‘Who does this? What time did they do it? Where do they come from?” joked Matt Fiore, a second-year Buckeye.
That remains a well-kept secret, but it’s been well publicized that this will be the first Michigan Week in decades that the Mirror Lake Jump, which involves students jumping into a frigid campus lake the Tuesday before the game, will not take place.
A student died during the jump last year, prompting the university to urge students to quit the tradition. Currently, ongoing construction has the Mirror Lake drained and fenced off.
“I’m pretty upset about it. As a freshman, I was looking forward to jumping in the lake,” says first-year student Kerrigan Hall. “But it would probably be a bad idea to try and jump in the lake when there’s no water in it.”
“It’s kind of disappointing, but I’m sure we’ll find a new tradition,” added Becker.