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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.


Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 4:54 pm


Gotta be Idaho or BYU.

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 3:54 pm


Gotta be the Idaho Vandals!!!


My boss is one and it's been pretty easy to keep him in his place once again!!!



Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 9:58 am


THE HATE BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!! It is going to be interesting how this pans out, pretty cool!
Can I vote for Coach Tom Cable?????? No tear, all right then.....lets see, there are a lot of teams that I dislike, but mainly because of their fan base OU, pretty brutal after the Fiesta Bowl, so my family told me, but my vote is going to have to be the NC choke artist of this decade..
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY! yep, Good Ol' OSU..........Last hooorah of the year, and a blowout!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 12:50 am


I hate Ballsucker state, because their twelve fans actually think they are good because they beat Navy....

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2008 12:44 am


Thanks, Durfish.  And thanks for keeping the Hate Bowl going.  It's a great idea and has been fun to read!    Hopefully, those poor, deluded Utes will see the light and stop hating BYU!

Interesting, isn't it, how much HATE a mid-major, non-BCS team like BYU has generated.    Says a lot about the haters: is it fear, envy, wanting to drag us down to their level?  .  Hey, ever hear of Govenor Boggs of Missouri and the Extermination Order??    Mormons have been dealing with hate for a looooong time!    At least this survey is in good fun, and doesn't involve tar and feathers, or loss of life!  (well, not yet, anyway.)

Best of wishes to your brother and his ongoing education.  Hope he someday returns to the Land of Zion;  or, at least to the swamp where the gators lurk!

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 12:22 am


USC Trojans.

Respect their program, but.....

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 12:09 am


Since Notre Dame is entitled to everything else, they're also entitled to my vote.

I was actually wishing they played doubleheaders last year to become the first team in college football history to lose 20 games.

At least they came close.

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 11:51 pm


Hated Notre Dame loooooong before their contract.

Money just helps keep the HATE fires burning.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2008 11:17 pm


1) Clemson

2) Georgia

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:44 pm


I really dislike:

1)  Southern California

2) Virginia Tech

3) BYU

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