Stadium DecorationBecause the athletic director loved the colors*, the rotunda at Ohio Stadium is decorated with maize and blue flowers. Michigan Stadium wasn't built for five years afterward, but it's probably not hard to guess what the color scheme was going to be.
Nostalgic LongingThe Ohio State song "I want to go back to Ohio State" straight-up stole its first lines and melody from Michigan's "I want to go back to Michigan."
Marching Band FormationsThe first script Ohio was formed in 1932 by the Michigan Marching Band.
Yes, this is not THE [HYPERBOLE] SCRIPT OHIO as we know it today. It is still Ohio, in script. And OSU fans will be quick to point out that the MMB just marched straight there. Which is fine, because it gets it over with faster.
The OSU band also played music from Titanic at last year's game. While they played Celine Dion's famous song, they formed the ship, cracked it, and sunk it off the edge of the field, using fire extinguishers for steam. The crowd loved it.
Now, that's a clever idea, but I liked it better when the Michigan Marching Band did it in 1998.
"Michigan Daily: The Band Plays On - 10/1/1998: 'That whole thing with the band members grouping in the shape of that old sunken ship, complete with the fire extinguishers for steam, was quite creative and entertaining, and very cool.'
How to BehaveActually, they came up with this one all on their own. I hope.
*No. It's because the winner of the 1922 dedication game got to paint the flowers in their colors. Michigan won 19-0.