COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer placed a friendly wager ahead of Saturday’s rivalry football game between The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, commonly referred to as “The Game.”
“With Ohio State and Michigan both undefeated entering The Game, and with Big Ten Championship game and College Football Playoff berths on the line, the eyes of American sports fans will be on Columbus, Ohio and Ohio Stadium (today),” DeWine, a Greene County native and resident, said. “I am proud of and confident in our Buckeye football team again this year, and am I willing to put a little skin in The Game with another friendly wager showcasing great Ohio food. O-H!”
This year, DeWine offered Buckeye Pizza from Adriatico’s on the OSU campus; Stewart’s Root Beer, which was founded in Mansfield in 1924; and the iconic Jumbo Cream Puffs from Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in Columbus. In 2021, he bet an assortment of Ohio-made sweets, including cream puffs from Schmidt’s, black raspberry chip ice cream from Graeter’s in Cincinnati, chocolate-covered pretzels from Malley’s in Cleveland, and buckeye candies from Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes in Perrysburg. DeWine also wagered a basket of Ohio’s famous buckeye candies in 2019.
“In the 118-year history of The Game, this weekend’s match-up might be the most consequential to date with two undefeated teams putting their seasons on the line,” Whitmer said. “However, when the clock runs out, only one team will be crowned The Victors. That’s why I’m feeling good about this year’s bet with Governor DeWine of Ohio. After this win, it’s on to the Big Ten Championship game and almost certainly a guaranteed spot in the College Football Playoffs. Go Blue!”
This year, Whitmer put forward a Detroit-style gift package, including the famous Buddy’s pizza, a dessert from Good Cakes and Bakes, and a case of Vernor’s ginger ale, which is known to cure any ailment except maybe a big loss to the Wolverines. In 2021, she wagered a gift package of famous Michigan-made cherry sweets and treats from Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor. In 2019, Whitmer bet a box of goodies from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor.
Game time is 12 p.m. Saturday. It is the 118th version of The Game. First played in 1897, the Buckeyes have won 17 out of the last 20 meetings between the two teams.