City of Oregon, Ohio Changes Name For Championship Game

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Bryant Browning #70 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cameron Heyward #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes carry American flags

Ohio State Buckeyes pride on the field (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

A city in Ohio called Oregon has temporarily changed its name in order to support the Ohio State Buckeyes football team in its first-ever college playoff championship game against the Oregon Ducks.

For the next week, Oregon, Ohio will be temporarily called “Oregon, Ohio: Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters.”

A petition circulated around the city calling for the it to change its name, and after Mayor Mike Seferian looked into the matter, he decided to make the name change. The mayor said he was convinced after learning that the city was officially named Oregon in 1838– well before the actual state was named Oregon in 1859.

Both the city and the state are named for the Oregon Territory in the Pacific Northwest.

The No. 2 Ducks take on the No. 4 Buckeyes next Monday (Jan. 12) at AT&T Stadium in Texas.