Blood battle? University of Michigan and Ohio State square off in a different kind of competition
Wolverines fans bleed maize and blue, according to a common saying at the University of Michigan.
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Fierce rivals U-M and Ohio State University are in the midst of their 30th annual competition to see which campus can collect more blood donations in the weeks leading up to their big Nov. 26 match-off on the football field.
U-M has bested OSU for four years in a row. Last year, the school collected 2,615 pints of blood, while OSU collected 2,515 pints.
The competition takes place from Nov. 3 to Nov. 18. This year, U-M has a goal of 2,500 pints, which could save more than 7,500 lives.
Red Cross worker Cornelia Fry came up with the idea to capitalize on the U-M/OSU rivalry 30 years ago.
"Michigan and Ohio State have one of the most intense rivalries in college sports, " Fry, now deceased, told The Ann Arbor News in 1995. "Why can't we build on this tremendous competition by extending it to blood."
OSU has a slight competitive advantage over U-M. There are more than 56,000 students at OSU's Columbus campus, while U-M has about 41,000 students at its Ann Arbor campus.
A week after the blood battle ends, the Wolverines will host the Buckeyes in one of the most anticipated U-M football games of the season. The Blood Battle winner will be announced at halftime.