COLUMBUS - Ohio State is asking football fans to welcome opening-day opponent Navy to the field in the same way they greet the Buckeyes: by rising to their feet and cheering.
An online video produced by the university, says "Buckeyes know there are some things more important than football service to your country AND respecting and appreciating those who serve."
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel says he hopes fans treat every opponent with respect, but that it's raised a notch when players on the field also have pledged to defend you.
Also on opening day, former Navy pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn will dot the "i" in the alumni band's script Ohio formation at halftime.
The last time a service academy played in Ohio Stadium was 1931.