Fans Find Other Ways to Beat Michigan

Nov. 22, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Set to have their 108th meeting Saturday, the Buckeye and the Wolverines will face off in what has become one of the most storied rivalries in sports. But away from the gridiron, the states of Ohio and Michigan are locked in numerous other battles. With the ultimate goal of giving back, check out these opportunities to support the Buckeyes and lend a helping hand. 

Blood Battle
For the past 30 years, Buckeyes and Wolverines have faced off in the Ohio State vs. Michigan Blood Battle. One of the largest blood competitions in the country, more than 2,400 donations have been collected on each campus alone. After holding the title from 2003-07, Ohio has fallen to Michigan for the past three years. But whether fans bleed scarlet and gray or maize and blue, there is still time to donate. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a blood drive near you or visit

Buckeye-Wolverine Challenge for Life
Every day 18 men, women and children die while waiting for an organ transplant and the 110,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving transplant could more than fill Ohio Stadium. Help Lifeline of Ohio take on Michigan in the sixth-annual Buckeye-Wolverine Challenge for Life by registering to become an organ donor before Nov. 24.  One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and can enhance the lives of up to 50 others through tissue donation. Last year, Ohio fell short to Michigan for the first time and is looking for redemption. Click here, to register today or visit for more information. 

Battle Against Hunger
Help support Ohio State’s SERV Corps and the Battle Against Hunger by donating nonperishable food items. With items benefitting Columbus’ Neighborhood Services, Inc. and the Broad Street Food Pantry, drop boxes are located at the Ohio Union, RPAC and residence halls. Last year, Ohio State collected more than 800 pounds of canned goods for the battle. 

Endless Wave
Grab a camera and a friend and help raise funds and awareness for cancer research through BiggerThanTheGame’s endless wave campaign. Supporting Ohio State and the University of Michigan’s comprehensive cancer centers, individuals are asked to film themselves “doing the wave.” The videos will then be linked together with corporate sponsors donating funds per “wave” video uploaded. Videos can be uploaded here, or visit for more information. 

Lose the Blue
Bring gently-used blue clothing items and receive a “Beat Michigan” T-shirt for just $5 at all participating locations. Fans can drop off their donations to the Official Team Shop, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, four Buckeye Corner locations and six Giant Eagle locations. All donated blue clothing will benefit Goodwill Columbus and the event runs Nov. 19-26. 

Pop Tab Battle
Support the Columbus Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs for the inaugural Pop Tab Battle. Pop tabs can be delivered to the Columbus Ronald McDonald House or to any Ohio State residence hall with the contest running until Nov. 26. For more information on the Ronald McDonald House, visit