When ESPN brings College GameDay to a campus, you’re expected to see a lot of people in the school’s colors and maybe a sprinkling of the visiting school’s colors.

College GameDay is in Columbus this weekend for the monumental matchup between #2 Penn State and #6 Ohio State. While many expected to see red or blue throughout the crowd, there was a lot of black and gold instead.

Columbus residents and Columbus Crew SC fans went to root for their Buckeyes today but took the opportunity to spread awareness about their soccer team as they have been in the process of moving to Austin, Texas.

The signage was noticeable and is a further example that Crew fans, and fans of other MLS teams, will not be silenced about the potential move of the first team in MLS.

The team has had an eventful couple weeks. Fans have been angry at owner Anthony Precourt for moving the team, as he issued a very tone deaf response on Twitter and then finally offering refunds to season ticket holders for 2018 after originally taking deposits before the news of the potential move.

But amid all that, the Columbus Crew hasn’t lost since August 5 and survived an MLS Game of the Year contender defeating Atlanta United in penalties in one of the greatest 0-0 games I have ever seen. Now, Columbus faces New York City FC in the Conference Semifinals.

The Crew may not have been on the mind of the experts as a favorite to win the MLS Cup but they have the best form of any team out there. And if they were to win, they would defeat four of the best teams in MLS. Crew fans haven’t given up on their team and they have shown that on and off the field. Their owner may have given up but the fans sure as hell haven’t.

About Phillip Bupp

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