Andrew Holleran / Photo editor
The Ohio State men’s basketball team received plenty of applause during its route of UMKC Friday night, but the Schottenstein Center reached a different decibel level for the football team.
On the eve of The Game, coach Urban Meyer and the team’s senior class were met with applause and a standing ovation at a halftime break turned pep rally.
“This group of seniors did give us everything they had,” said Meyer as he briefly addressed the crowd. “They are one game away from going down as one of the great senior classes in the history of Ohio State.”
Meyer then handed the microphone to senior linebackers Etienne Sabino and Zach Boren.
Sabino’s message to Buckeye Nation was short but clear.
“We love you guys,” Sabino said. “Go Bucks, beat Blue.”
Ohio State hosts Michigan on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes fell to the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last year, 40-34.
“We’ve been waiting a year to have a rematch with these guys from the Team Up North,” Boren said. “We need your help to go out as champions.”
OSU is set to face Michigan at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium.