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20 Strangest Division I Team Names


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Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State Buckeyes

Drawing by Laura Reyome

The Ohio State University's Buckeye moniker is better known than most on this list, but that doesn't mean it isn't strange.

The Ohio State website answers the common question, What is a Buckeye? In short, it's the nut of a tree, the Ohio buckeye. This is why Ohio State made our list of strange team names. After all, the other 19 members of this list at least named their teams after something that can move.

So let me repeat--a buckeye is a nut. Feeling intimidated? How about when you see the school's mascot, Brutus Buckeye, whose head is, of course, an over-sized nut? Granted, buckeye's are not an edible nut, so the label is a bit more effective than other possibilities like the Ohio State Cashews or Ohio State Macadamias.

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