Ohio State University football fans celebrate with Buckeyes player Bryce Haynes in the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 81st Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2015.
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Politics meets football in winner-takes-all bets

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The rivalry between Ohio State University of the University of Oregon has put some good old fashioned pride on the line.

Members in the Senate are crossing party lines to make a friendly wager on the outcome of the College Football Playoff Championship game.

If Ohio State wins, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have to join Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman in spelling out “O-H-I-O”. 

If Ohio State loses? Senators Brown and Portman have to “throw the O” alongside the Oregon Ducks.

“We make this wager in full confidence that Oregon will win Monday night with its high-octane offense led by Heisman winner Marcus Mariota and its swarming, ball-hawking defense,” Senators Wyden and Merkley said. “And we of course look forward to showing our friends from Ohio how to make the universal symbol for Ducks’ dominance.”

The friendly competition isn’t limited to just the Senate. Congressman John Boehner, Pat Tiberi and Steve Strivers are getting in on the action. They have challenged Congressman Ryan Zinke and Greg Walden to a neck tie bet where the victim of defeat must wear a tie with the victor’s team or colors and send a congratulatory photo wearing the tie.

“Ohio State is a very talented team with great coaching staff and a championship legacy, but I have no doubts that the Speaker and Pat will be wearing green on Tuesday,” Rep. Zinke said. “Oregon is talented, explosive and hungry to win their first National Championship.”

 

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Politics meets football in winner-takes-all bets

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