Jim Harbaugh

Ohio Governor John Kasich is running for president. He's willing to sacrifice Jim Harbaugh's vote along the way.

In 2013, Kasich urged Ohioans to stop using the letter "M" on the annual day of "The Game" between Ohio State and Michigan. Or, as it is known in Ohio, the Scarlet Letter.

Like Hester Prynne before him, Jim Harbaugh is the subject of society's chagrin. Ohio is so embarrassed by the Toledo-born coach of Michigan that the governor is adding a clause to Scarlet Letter Saturday encouraging Ohioans to avoid wearing pleated khakis.

The letter manages to mention Wal-Mart, a Dockers commercial, Jerry Seinfeld, Jake from State Farm and Jim Tressel's sweater vest in the same short message.

Kasich is an Ohio State graduate, so his distaste for the Wolverines has legitimacy. Naturally, this could affect his campaign efforts in Michigan. Although, even if Kasich doesn't win the Republication nomination, his Ohio influence is going to make him a prime vice presidential candidate option.

The No. 8 Buckeyes visit No. 10 Michigan Saturday at The Big House with New Year's Six bowl aspirations (and, potentially, a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game) on the line. It will be Harbaugh's first taste of the rivalry since quarterbacking Michigan to victory as a senior in 1986.

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