CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND: Senators Make Friendly Bet in Advance Of Game Between The Ohio State University Buckeyes Vs. the University Of Oregon Ducks

In Advance of Game, Ohio, Oregon Senators Make Friendly Wager on 2015 National Football Championship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With The Ohio State University and the University of Oregon football teams bound for the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have made a friendly – albeit competitive – wager on the outcome of the game with U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

If The Ohio State University is victorious, Wyden and Merkley will join Brown and Portman in spelling out “O-H-I-O.” If the University of Oregon wins, Brown and Portman will learn how to “throw the O” alongside the Oregon Duck. All parties have pledged to fulfill the bet in public on the Capitol Steps.

“As a proud alum of The Ohio State University – I look forward to watching the Buckeyes bring home the first ever college football playoff championship,” Brown said. “The waterfowl of Eugene will put up a strong and respectable effort but will ultimately migrate back to Oregon empty handed.  I accept Sens. Wyden and Merkley’s wager and look forward to helping them spell out the name of our great state after the game. Go Bucks!”

“I’m looking forward to seeing our Buckeyes bring home a national championship on Monday,” Portman said. “Whether you’re from Urban, Ohio or a Buckeye on the Bay, Ohioans are ready for a championship and I’ll be ready to show my friends from Oregon how to OH-IO!”  

“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.”

Press Contact

Meghan Dubyak/Ben Famous (Brown): 202-224-3978

Caitlin Conant (Portman): 202-224-5190

Hank Stern (Wyden): 503-326-7539

Martina McLennan/Ray Zaccaro (Merkley) 202-224-3753