One day after Ohio State filed a trademark request for the word "The", their arch-rivals, the University of Michigan and other colleges have trolled the Buckeyes over the request.

Ohio State does call themselves "The Ohio State University", and they want to use "The" as part of their merchandise campaign (hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.).

Ohio University (in Athens, Ohio) also trolled OSU, telling everybody that the Mid-American Conference school is the oldest college/university in the state of Ohio.