Planning for the construction of Ohio Stadium resulted in a contest in 1919 to create new school fight songs. Frank Crumit, an alumnus of Ohio University but a Buckeye fan, wrote Buckeye Battle Cry and submitted it to the contest.
Some older versions of the lyrics show not COME ON OHIO!, but rather O-HI-O. While the majority of fans and Block O sing O-HI-O (complete with arm motions), the former is much less common. The Ohio State University Marching Band sings "Come On Ohio" in their rendition.