COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Ohio State Buckeyes fan Big Nut holds a severed doll head wearing a Michigan helmet during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes won 26-21 to finish the season with an unbeaten record of 12-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Geography often proves a tricky companion when intertwined with sports.

The New York Giants and New York Jets, despite their names, find their home in New Jersey. Contrary to their name, the Los Angeles Angels have no ties to Los Angeles County. Stanford and Cal’s potential move to the Atlantic Coast Conference adds to the geographical quirks of collegiate sports.

Given these oddities, perhaps a bit of leniency is due for Ohio State football’s social media team after a humorous geographical slip. Over the weekend, the Buckeyes’ account on X, previously known as Twitter, posted “Arrived for the showdown in the Desert” in reference to Ohio State’s anticipated match against Missouri.

As of Monday morning, the now-infamous tweet has vanished, leaving behind a dead link. The post displayed the Ohio State Buckeyes football team’s official account declaring their arrival in the desert following the team’s touchdown in north Texas.

However, there’s a glaring error in their assertion—the Buckeyes and Tigers are set to clash in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, situated within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, where an average of 38 inches of rain falls annually.

Social media users within the college football sphere weren’t quick to forgive this geographical faux pas, showcasing some of the most amusing reactions.

Interestingly, Ohio State’s most recent rendezvous with a genuine desert occurred on Dec. 28, 2019, during a College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.

While the Cotton Bowl stadium remains in Dallas, the Cotton Bowl game has called Arlington its home since 2010, situated roughly 20 miles to the west.

Perhaps it’s time someone informed the Ohio State administration of their geographical mix-up?

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