well, the wife and i made to columbus and back. unfortunately, i caught a cold after the game and have been sick since then.
my wife is an ohio st alumnus, but this was my first game there. trip highlights:
-overall, the game experience was great. stadium record 103,000+ fans. plus at least 100K more outside. that's a lot of people in one place!
-we only got to tailgate for a couple of hours. the wife was shopping with mom so i was stuck til they were done. i guess the parking lots open at 6am, so some friends went early to set up, but we didn't get there until about 5:30pm. i did manage to slam five 16oz beers in 2 hours to get the juices flowing. great tailgate atmosphere, everyone having fun, lots of positive energy. the few usc fans i saw were respectful and treated well by the osu fans.
-even getting in the stadium was ridiculous with that many people. 30 minutes before the game you could hardly move outside. the horseshoe is farkin' enormous. our seats were about 8 rows from the top and it is steep- i felt like a sherpa hiking up there.
-the band was amazing. the script o-h-i-o was really cool. the tuba who dotted the i was named frank costanza- seriously!
-the game itself wasn't the most exciting. lots of good defense. i really thought the bucks had a chance, but their offense was so lame, then the defense couldn't hang on. i don't think most osu fans really thought they would win, but it was kinda bizarre to hear people bitching about tresselvest after the game (how many more losses before we shit-can tressel?). different expectations i guess.
-getting out of there was a clusterf***. it took us 2 hours to get back to the car. long day
a couple of pics:
a short nap dreaming of big 12 football