Following the 42-27 against Indiana, the Ohio State head coach made reference of a song that will be blaring non-stop at the facility this week.
“Players will get tired of hearing the song I always play,” he said. “It's nuts. Insane. Same way when it was Coach Bruce in 1986 when I experienced my first rivalry game. It's different. Everything… it's the song and it's just, the whole Woody changes for this game. We're honored to play it. We understand our responsibilities of it, too.”
When asked about it after the game, sophomore safety Vonn Bell took a stab at it but couldn’t identify it.
“It’s his song,” Bell said. “He’s gonna play it the whole week so I’ve got to get my ears ready for that.
“I don’t really know what it is. It’s just a song. It gets him going and Coach Mick (Marotti) and that coaching staff so we’re gonna get used to hearing it all week.”
It wasn’t until senior Michael Bennett was asked that the song title was confirmed.
“It’s Time For War, by I think LL Cool J,” the senior defensive tackle said. “It’s an awesome song, but you hear it for two years. When he says he plays it all the time, it’s on non-stop from the time you walk into the Woody until the time you leave. There’s no watching TV that week, it’s just ‘It’s Time For War’ and highlight videos.
“Maybe he does it for a reason because it gets everybody on edge. But, I don’t know… he does love that song.”