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HATE BOWL 2008

Posted on: October 24, 2008 11:42 am
Edited on: October 27, 2008 9:46 am
 

As the Plain White T's say, hate is a strong word.  A violent word.  But in sports, we don't say we "really, really don't like" teams.  We HATE them.  An interesting take on this is that football "hate" is highly dependent upon a team's success or failure.  Face it.  It's hard to hate FIU or North Texas.  It's easy to hate Florida or Ohio State.

Of course there are a lot of factors that play into football emotions.  Longstanding rivalries, fleeting coaching gaffes, media love, and conference ties (shout out to all of you other SEC homies!) all play into it.  There's also the evolution of the BCS...I don't remember hating so much back when the Cotton Bowl meant something.  The dissolution of bowls as a reward to players and fans has kicked the whole hate thing up a notch.  You know, I've been a Gator nearly my entire 50 years, but I still remember enjoying the fanfare surrounding a classic USC-OSU Rose Bowl or a 'Bama-Penn State Sugar Bowl.  Heck, I even road-tripped to NOLA in '78 just to be in town to experience the latter one. 

But I digress.  Back to the topic.  Hate.

If you're a true-blue college football fan you've GOTTA hate some other team.  It's in the rule book we all get when we sign up, right below the rule about standing up for the National Anthem.  So here's what I've got for you.  Let's settle this post-to-post.  Just who (or whom, I could never get that right) is The Most Hated College Football Team in America.

Here's how it goes.  You give me ONE team.  The one you hate MORE THAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN FOOTBALL.  Only one.  I collect yours and a bunch of others submitted by other football fans.  Based on the number of submissions I'll rank them and seed them, and then we'll play them off against each other (in the same manner as those other blogs that rate rock guitar players and scariest movies).  This HIGHLY NON-SCIENTIFIC study will show us two things...who gets the most hate mail and who, given the opportunity of playing against a number of other hated teams, would most of us hate until the end of time.

I'll set a preliminary timeline of collecting the front data until Friday, November 7.  If I'm getting a ton of submissions I'll extend it.  If not, I'll take a couple of days and post the first round of the playoffs. 

So here it is.  I humbly await your best hate.



Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 6:38 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Utah of course




Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 2:05 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Also USC and Notre Dame.
...and did I mention Kansas.
November 28th 2007: 36-28



Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 2:01 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Definitely Kansas.  Especially after we beat them last year and somehow they got into a BCS bowl over us. 
Also Ohio State and Boise State.  Both are way overrated.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2008 12:02 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Maybe if the Scanduls manned up and got a Div 1a football team maybe Boise State would have someone to play in the WAC.  Perhaps the Div 1aa team you put in that dungeon you call a football field should drop back to the Big Sky so you could let a real team like one of the Montana's or even Portland State join the WAC.  Then Boise State's SOS in conference would go up!!!

And what would the Scanduls record be if they played Texas' or USC's schedule?  That's right, not much different.  That's because you can't lose many more games than they do now!



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2008 7:42 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Easily it is Donkey State U. - aka Boise State.  They play a very weak schedule - maybe one sort of tough team each year - but get about 300% more repect than they derserve.   It's almost as if the pollsters have been fed intravenously by the Boise media.  It would be interesting to see what their record would be if they played Texas' schedule or USC's schedule.  Maybe 6-6?  or 5-7?



Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2008 12:54 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

When should we expect the playoffs to begin? Thanks for all your work durfish, this has and should continue to be a lot of fun.

BYU Sucks. Go Utes.




Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2008 9:07 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

NOTE:  REGULAR SEASON VOTING IS NOW CLOSED.  TUNE IN TO THE "HATE BOWL 2008 PLAYOFFS ROUND ONE" BLOG FOR ROUND ONE OF THE HATE BOWL PLAYOFFS



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2008 9:31 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Here are the standings so far (also listed in the Hate Bowl 2008 message thread)  Number of votes listed in parentheses (if none listed, that school only had one so far):

Notre Dame (17)
USC (14)
Miami (13)
BYU (12)
Idaho (8)
Michigan (8)
Ohio State (7)
Florida (5)
Tennessee (4)
Florida State (4)
Auburn (4)
Alabama (3)
Oklahoma (2)
Georgia (2)
Utah (2)
Washington (2)
Iowa
Oregon
Penn State
UCLA
Colorado
Missouri
Boston College
Nebraska
Maryland
West Virginia
Clemson
Ball State



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2008 9:17 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

My mother wants to vote?  No really...

IDAHO

IDAHO

IDAHO

IDAHO

IDAHO

IDAHO

...............




Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2008 9:10 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Nice try, BlueSpud2.  But no.

Y'all have really been stumping your board, haven't you?  Suddenly Idaho is in a tie for 4th place with MEEEEchigan. 


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