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No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes don't want to consider losing to in-state foe Cincinnati

  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2011 file photo, fans fill Ohio Stadium as Ohio State takes on Akron  in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. With Cincinnati and its high-powered offense playing at Ohio State Saturday, the Buckeye's 90-year domination of in-state schools could be in jeopardy. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2011 file photo, fans fill Ohio Stadium as Ohio State takes on Akron in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. With Cincinnati and its high-powered offense playing at Ohio State Saturday, the Buckeye's 90-year domination of in-state schools could be in jeopardy. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2002 file photo, Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel (16) celebrates after scoring on a six-yard run in the fourth quarter to beat Cincinnati 23-19, in Cincinnati. Ohio State has won the last 39 meetings with in-state teams, dating to a 7-7 tie with the College of Wooster in 1924. With the Cincinnati Bearcats playing the 22nd-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014,  no one associated with Ohio State _ players, coaches or fans _ wants to think what the fallout would be if an in-state opponent were to finally upset them. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2002 file photo, Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel (16) celebrates after scoring on a six-yard run in the fourth quarter to beat Cincinnati 23-19, in Cincinnati. Ohio State has won the last 39 meetings with in-state teams, dating to a 7-7 tie with the College of Wooster in 1924. With the Cincinnati Bearcats playing the 22nd-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, no one associated with Ohio State _ players, coaches or fans _ wants to think what the fallout would be if an in-state opponent were to finally upset them. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)  (The Associated Press)

Ohio State defensive tackle Adolphus Washington knows what would happen if an in-state opponent were to beat the Buckeyes for the first time since 1921.

Should the Cincinnati Bearcats beat the 22nd-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday, he says there will be a lot of partying in his hometown.

A victory would rank among the biggest ever for UC, a proud program two years older than the Big Ten monolith in the heart of the state.

There is little question within the state that the Buckeyes rule, getting most of the attention, fans and most of the fans' money.

However, should the Bearcats win, it would send a seismic reaction from Lake Erie to the Ohio River and beyond.