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Petition to temporarily change the name of Oregon, Ohio to honor Buckeyes in the national championship game

Oregon, Ohio is a suburb of Toledo (Photo: Google Maps) Oregon, Ohio is a suburb of Toledo (Photo: Google Maps)
The Buckeyes will take on the Oregon Ducks in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 12 in the national championship game. The Buckeyes upset No. 1 Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Jeremy Rauch) The Buckeyes will take on the Oregon Ducks in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 12 in the national championship game. The Buckeyes upset No. 1 Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Jeremy Rauch)
OREGON, OH (FOX19) - The state of Ohio is gearing up for Ohio State's national championship against the University of Oregon on Jan. 12, but one petition wants the city of Oregon, Ohio to change their name in support of the Buckeyes.

Matt Squibb and Mark Rabbitt, two natives of Oregon, Ohio, created a petition to change the name of the city for one day, the day of the national championship game. 

Oregon is a suburb of Toledo, and about 140 miles from Columbus.

"I grew up in Oregon, Ohio and love the city, but for the day of the "Big Game" I am asking the city council to make a proclamation to change the name of the city for one day. Call it Buckeye Town, Ohio City, Brutusville, whatever, you get the point," Squibb said in the petition, "Let's not leave anything to chance here! Change the name and support the Buckeyes!"

In addition, the petition calls for Oregon's Clay High School to change their school colors for the day. The high school shares the same green and yellow colors as the Oregon Ducks.

Squibb says in the petition that he is not a huge Buckeyes fan but feels that the game is important to a lot of people.

The petition went live on Change.org on Jan. 2, a day after the Buckeyes upset No. 1 Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl Thursday.  The petition calls for 1,500 signatures. As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday they have 1,161 signatures and need 339 more. 

According to the Toledo Free Press, Oregon City Administrator Michael Beazley said he and Oregon Mayor Michael Seferian had fielded a number of calls about the petition Jan. 2. and said they plan to issue a proclamation Jan. 5 announcing a name change for Jan. 12.

The Buckeyes will take on the Ducks in Arlington, Texas in the national championship game. It's the first time the national championship game will be determined by a college football playoff.

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