A mere 25 miles separate Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. The Battle of I-75, the annual football game between the two Ohio schools, is one of the MAC’s fiercest rivalries.
Bowling Green and Toledo first met in 1919, but the rivalry met an abrupt end in 1936 when fans rioted after Toledo routed the Falcons 63-0. The teams didn’t play again until 1948, when they introduced a Peace Pipe trophy to signify the end of ill will between the schools and their fan bases.
Ironically, the Peace Pipe was stolen from the University of Toledo in 1969 and hasn’t been recovered. The schools introduced a new Peace Pipe Trophy in 1980.
Bowling Green-Toledo isn’t as sexy as other Midwestern rivalries such as Ohio State-Michigan or Michigan-Notre Dame, but there are plenty of people in northwestern Ohio who take the rivalry very seriously.
Take, for example, the people of Wheeler Farms in Whitehouse, Ohio, just south of Toledo.
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