Standing at the Oregon, Ohio, city limits sign, Dick Squibb and his son Matt, who petitioned the city to change its name to show allegiance to the Ohio State Buckeyes, January 2, 2015.
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January 6, 2015 12:53 PM EST

The mayor of Oregon, Ohio, would like to clarify that his city will be supporting the Ohio State Buckeyes, not the Oregon Ducks, in the first College Football Playoff National Championship game next week — just in case people thought otherwise based on the Toledo suburb’s name.

According to the Associated Press, Mayor Mike Seferian says the city will be temporarily renamed “Oregon, Ohio: Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters,” after a successful petition started by natives Matt Squib and Mark Rabbitt called for the city to be renamed “Buckeye Town.”

Seferian also claims the city’s name dates back to 1838, well before Oregon was admitted to the union as a state in 1859, the AP reports.

Game day is Jan. 12 at the AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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