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A Motion That the EDSBS Awards Committee Recognize The Baylor

A quorum having been declared, by myself after taking to myself the authority to call a meeting of the EDSBS Awards Committee, I myself as chairman move that we recognize The Baylor University as the current rightful holder of the Traveling The (Historical), in consideration of the evidence presented below.

Whereas,
Ohio State University, being widely condemned for its maleficence and mendacity with regards to some former players and coach, was stripped of its "The" by the committee meeting in ad-hoc session; and

Whereas,
The same ad-hoc session saw fit to bestow the "The" on Purdue, as being the most fitting sign of the ignominy to which Ohio State University had brought itself; and

Whereas,
The resolution of the ownership of the "The" in the interim has caused much debate.

Therefore,
We do hereby propose and pronounce that the Traveling The be awarded on the following terms:

"The" Ohio State University has periodically lost games of football to that non-entity among sports programs, Purdue University. When such a loss occurs, the "The" is said to travel, following the winning team until Ohio State University can win it back in fair combat on the field of play.

As these terms are to be accepted, we are therefore resolved:

First:
That, to avoid confusion with the popular conceptions of the Traveling The, this award be referred to in full as the Traveling The (Historical); and

Second:
That in recognition of feats on the field of play, the Traveling The (Historical) be awarded to Baylor University until such time as they may forfeit their right to the title.

Third:
That this committee take no action to squash the alternate "The"s, either Rivalry (currently held by The Ohio State) or Traveling [2012] (currently held by Notre Dame).

These motions are made on the strength of the evidence presented here below:

Most results from sports-reference.com, supplemented for non-majors by fanbase.com and phys.utk.edu.

Although the "The" may only be lost to Purdue, any institution may, by defeating the previous holder, claim it once it has left on its travels. The longest Ohio State University has had the "The" withheld is twenty-one years and eight days, from October 4th, 1947 to October 12th, 1968, when they won it back from Notre Dame after an extended tour of the South and a brief jaunt out West.

Ohio State first lost to ??????? in 1938, on November the 5th - an auspicious date.

From there:

Notre Dame > Purdue (Sep 30, 1939)
Iowa > Notre Dame (Nov 11, 1939)
Indiana > Iowa (Oct 19, 1940)
Northwestern > Indiana (Oct 26, 1940)
Minnesota > Northwestern (Nov 2, 1940)
Iowa Pre-Flight > Minnesota (Oct 3, 1942)
Notre Dame > Iowa Pre-Flight (oct 17, 1942)
Michigan > Notre Dame (Nov 14, 1942)
Ohio State > Michigan (Nov 21, 1942)

Ohio State having reclaimed the Traveling The, it would retain the title until its next loss to non-existence. This would come the very next year on October 16th.

Afterwards the The returned quickly:

Great Lakes Navy > Purdue (Sep 23, 1944)
Ohio State > Great Likes Navy (Oct 21, 1944)

Only for OSU lose it again in 1945 on Oct 20.

This was followed by another quick cycle - Ohio State was without the The for only two weeks:

Northwestern > Purdue (Oct 27, 1945)
Ohio State > Northwestern (Nov 3, 1945)

Purdue won the The again in 1947 on Oct 4, losing it once again to Notre Dame:

Notre Dame > Purdue (Oct 11, 1947)
Purdue > Notre Dame (Oct 7, 1950)
Miami > Purdue (Oct 14, 1950)
Clemson > Miami (Jan 1, 1951)
Pacific > Clemson (Oct 13, 1951)
Boston U > Clemson (Oct 19, 1951)
Temple > Boston U (Oct 27, 1951)
Bucknell > Temple (Nov 3, 1951)
Colgate > Bucknell (Oct 25, 1952)
Holy Cross > Colgate (Oct 18, 1952)
Quantico > Holy Cross (Nov 16, 1952)
Holy Cross > Quantico (Oct 16, 1955)*
Syracuse > Holy Cross (Oct 29, 1955)
Penn State > Syracuse (Nov 5, 1955)
Pittsburgh > Penn State (Nov 19, 1955)
Georgia Tech > Pittsburgh (Jan 2, 1956)
Tennessee > Georgia Tech (Nov 17, 1956)
Baylor > Tennessee (Jan 1, 1957)
Miami > Baylor (Oct 5, 1957)
UNC > Miami (Oct 11, 1957)
Maryland > UNC (Oct 19, 1957)
Tennessee > Maryland (Oct 26, 1957)
Ole Miss > Tennessee (Nov 16, 1957)
LSU > Ole Miss (Nov 1, 1958)
Tennessee > LSU (Nov 7, 1959)
Ole Miss > Tennessee (Nov 14, 1959)
LSU > Ole Miss (Nov 4, 1961)
Ole Miss > LSU (Nov 3, 1962)
Alabama > Ole Miss (Jan 1, 1964)
Texas > Alabama (Jan 1, 1965)
Arkansas > Texas (Oct 16, 1965)
LSU > Arkansas (Jan 1, 1966)
Rice > LSU (Sep 24, 1966)
Tennessee > Rice (Oct 1, 1966)
Georgia Tech > Tennessee (Oct 8, 1966)
Georgia > Georgia Tech (Nov 26, 1966)
Ole Miss > Georgia (Oct 14, 1967)
Tennessee > Ole Miss (Nov 18, 1967)
Oklahoma > Tennessee (Jan 1, 1968)
Notre Dame > Oklahoma (Sep 21, 1968)
Purdue > Notre Dame (Sep 28, 1968)
Ohio State > Purdue (Oct 12, 1968)

* Quantico, while it existed, played approximately 1 game a year for which I can find records.

Ohio State would not lose again to 404 University Not Found until October 14th, 1978, when the The set out on its next round of travels:

Michigan > Purdue (Nov 18, 1978)
USC > Michigan (Jan 1, 1979)
Washington > USC (Nov 15, 1980)
Michigan > Washington (Jan 1, 1981)
Wisconsin > Michigan (Sep 12, 1981)
UCLA > Wisconsin (Sep 19, 1981)
Iowa > UCLA (Sep 26, 1981)
Minnesota > Iowa (Oct 24, 1981)
Michigan > Minnesota (Oct 31, 1981)
Ohio State > Michigan (Nov 21, 1981)

The Boilermakers beat Ohio State again on October 6th, 1984. Afterwards:

Iowa > Purdue (Oct 13, 1984)
Michigan State > Iowa (Nov 10, 1984)
Wisconsin > Michigan State (Nov 17, 1984)
Kentucky > Wisconsin (Dec 29, 1984)
Bowling Green > Kentucky (Sep 14, 1985)
Fresno State > Bowling Green (Dec 14, 1985)
San Jose State > Fresno State (Oct 4, 1986)
Oregon State > San Jose State (Sep 19, 1987)
Texas > Oregon State (Sep 26, 1987)
Oklahoma > Texas (Oct 10, 1987)
Miami > Oklahoma (Jan 1, 1988)
Notre Dame > Miami (Oct 15, 1988)
Miami > Notre Dame (Nov 25, 1989)
BYU > Miami (Sep 8, 1990)
Oregon > BYU (Sep 29, 1990)
Washington > Oregon (Oct 13, 1990)
UCLA > Washington (Nov 10, 1990)
USC > UCLA (Nov 17, 1990)
Notre Dame > USC (Nov 24, 1990)
Colorado > Notre Dame (Jan 1, 1991)
Baylor > Colorado (Sep 14, 1991)
Rice > Baylor (Oct 12, 1991)
TCU > Rice (Oct 19, 1991)
Baylor > TCU (Oct 26, 1991)
Texas Tech > Baylor (Nov 16, 1991)
Oklahoma > Texas Tech (Sep 3, 1992)
USC > Oklahoma (Sep 19, 1992)
Washington > USC (Oct 3, 1992)
Arizona > Washington (Nov 7, 1992)
USC > Arizona (Nov 14, 1992)
UCLA > USC (Nov 21, 1992)
Cal > UCLA (Sep 4, 1993)
Washington > Cal (Oct 9, 1993)
UCLA > Washington (Oct 16, 1993)
Arizona State > UCLA (Nov 13, 1993)
Arizona > Arizona State (Nov 26, 1993)
Colorado State > Arizona (Oct 8, 1994)
Utah > Colorado State (Oct 22, 1994)
New Mexico > Utah (Nov 5, 1994)
Wyoming > New Mexico (Nov 12, 1994)
Air Force > Wyoming (Sep 9, 1995)
Colorado State > Air Force (Sep 16, 1995)
BYU > Colorado State (Sep 30, 1995)
Arizona State > BYU (Oct 14, 1995)
Arizona > Arizona State (Nov 24, 1995)
Iowa > Arizona (Sep 7, 1996)
Tulsa > Iowa (Sep 21, 1996)
BYU > Tulsa (Oct 19, 1996)
Washington > BYU (Sep 6, 1997)
Nebraska > Washington (Sep 20, 1997)
Texas A&M > Nebraska (Oct 10, 1998)
Texas > Texas A&M (Nov 27, 1998)
NC State > Texas (Aug 28, 1999)
FSU > NC State (Sep 18, 1999)
Miami > FSU (Oct 7, 2000)
Ohio State > Miami (Jan 3, 2003)

Having reclaimed the "The" after another 18 year wandering, Ohio State promptly lost it again on November 13, 2004. This time:

Arizona State > Purdue (Dec 31, 2004)
LSU > Arizona State (Sep 10, 2005)
Tennessee > LSU (Sep 26, 2005)
Georgia > Tennessee (Oct 8, 2005)
Florida > Georgia (Oct 29, 2005)
South Carolina > Florida (Nov 12, 2005)
Clemson > South Carolina (Nov 19, 2005)
Boston College > Clemson (Sep 9, 2006)
NC State > Boston College (Sep 23, 2006)
Wake Forest > NC State (Oct 14, 2006)
Virginia Tech > Wake Forest (Nov 18, 2006)
Georgia > Virginia Tech (Dec 30, 2006)
South Carolina > Georgia (Sep 8, 2007)
LSU > South Carolina (Sep 22, 2007)
Kentucky > LSU (Oct 13, 2007)
Florida > Kentucky (Oct 20, 2007)
Georgia > Florida (Oct 27, 2007)
Alabama > Georgia (Sep 27, 2008)
Florida > Alabama (Dec 6, 2008)
Alabama > Florida (Dec 5, 2009)
South Carolina > Alabama (Oct 9, 2010)
Kentucky > South Carolina (Oct 16, 2010)
Georgia > Kentucky (Oct 23, 2010)
Florida > Georgia (Oct 30, 2010)
South Carolina > Florida (Nov 13, 2010)
Auburn > South Carolina (Dec 4, 2010)
Clemson > Auburn (Sep 17, 2011)
Georgia Tech > Clemson (Oct 29, 2011)
Virginia Tech > Georgia Tech (Nov 10, 2011)
Clemson > Virginia Tech (Dec 3, 2011)
West Virginia > Clemson (Jan 4, 2012)
Texas Tech > West Virginia (Oct 13, 2012)
Kansas State > Texas Tech (Oct 27, 2012)
The Baylor > Kansas State (Nov 17, 2012)

UCLA may claim the "The" with a win over The Baylor in the Holiday Bowl on December 27, 2012.

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