Gov. Mike DeWine has signed into law an action that will certainly stir up Ohio State fans in the heart of Big Ten country.

DeWine signed a law this week that created an Ohio specialty license plate to benefit the University of Alabama.

Here’s background from last year about the early development of the bill, which is now a law, from

State Rep. Adam Bird, a Clermont County Republican who introduced House Bill 220, acknowledged it will likely face opposition among his fellow Ohio lawmakers. But, he said, he introduced it in honor of his father Ron Bird, who played for the (disputed) 1964 NCAA football champion Crimson Tide football team. If the bill becomes law, the license plates would cost an additional $40 —$30 of which would go to fund scholarships for Ohio students attending school in Tuscaloosa.

It will be interesting to see how many of these license plates are put into use, and if there’s any reaction from motorists about them, especially when the College Football Playoff talk arrives again with Ohio State and Alabama squarely in the mix.

Politically, about the only program other than Alabama that DeWine could hurt his campaign with would be that school up north that happens to have a win in the most recent meeting between the rivals.