Following is an article from Triple E Sports on the Top Ten Most Hated Teams. I thought it might generate some discussion on our board ;D.
Top Ten Most Hated Teams
Do you hate Notre Dame? What about Florida State? Truth is, most fans not only have a favorite team, but a favorite team to hate. That is what makes college football so passionate. Here is Trippy's take on the Top 10 Most Hated Teams. But don't get bent out of shape, being on this list is, in a sense, a badge of honor. No one hates a loser.
10 Kansas State- If this was ten years ago, people would be asking if Kansas State had a football team. They were that bad. No doubt Kansas State has improved greatly to make it on this list. It’s how they got here that put K State on the list. Kansas State does play in the Big 12 which very strong and they have and Colorado & Nebraska every year. It's not so much we hate KSU, as much as we hate the annual cries from many Wildcat faithful, and Coach Synder, that KState is overlooked and under-rated. To call their non-conference schedule a cupcake is like saying the French are slightly adverse to military conflicts. It is quite the understatement! State fans are quick to point out Southern Cal last year. Which was a good game for them and they did get the win. However, with the extra scheduling flexibility of a 12 game season in some years you would think KSU would take advantage of it. Adding fuel to the fire though is that KState is a good team. Nothing pains traditional programs like Texas or Nebraska more than to get beat by a team that they used to be everyone's homecoming opponent.
9 Texas- Texas has a tradition that is comparable to nearly any other elite football power and through the years the numerous wins have created hatred for the Longhorns in many places. Yet when it comes to speaking in terms of recent years people are sick of them. Highly regarded recruiting classes year after year that can’t beat Oklahoma, but they still make everyone's Top 10. (Note the jab at Don's Top Ten Coaching Program's list). FSU fans still hate Texas for the 4th down play against Nebraska in the 1996 Big XII Title game. By converting that play and upsetting Nebraska the Horns forced FSU to play UF in the Sugar Bowl for the title which effectively denied both Seminole and Husker fans another title in the 90s. You think Alabama/Auburn is heated? Well, Texas not only has to deal with Texas A&M, but a handful of other instate schools all of which take great pleasure in bringing down the state's premier school. Raider fans, Aggie fans, Horned Frog faithful, they all enjoy beating up on each other, but they also share a common hatred for the Burnt Orange.
8 Alabama- Tradition, tradition, tradition. The South loves football, and for a long while southern football was Alabama. That never dies. Dislike for a team gets passed down from father to son. Tide fans will tell you that back in the days of the Bear all of college football was Alabama, not just the South. Yet, another reason that Alabama is so hated. Bear Bryant, while loved in Tuscaloosa is hated in Auburn, and well...everywhere else in the SEC. There is a reason why the Auburn/Alabama game is on TV every year. One fan described the Alabama/Auburn game in this manner...."It's not a matter of life or death.....it is more important than that!" The winning hasn't been nearly as consistent in Tuscaloosa the past decade or so, but with so much passion riding on games fans are not quick to forget. Throw in a bit of arrogance (justifiably so to an extent). . .and you have the final reason why Alabama makes our list of most hated teams. Just ask a Tide fan how many titles they have and get ready to argue about polling services you have never heard of.
7 Southern Cal - The PAC 10's lone representative on the list. USC had a few average years before last seasons Heisman Trophy winning BCS season. Even without that, USC is one of the most hated programs in the country precisely because they are one of the richest and most storied programs in all of college football. Throw in the air of elitism and that California Golden Boy stereotype and USC is that All-American kid everyone loves to see fall flat on his face. The Big 10 fans hate them because of the Rose Bowl tie in and numerous trips to Pasadena only to go home with a loss. UCLA hates them because of the inter city rivalry. ND has hated them for decades. But worst of all is that song. Can’t it just stop. Oh yeah, and thanks to America's love to use guilt by association, OJ just adds to the Trojan mystique.
6 Nebraska- One thing about Cornhusker fans, they are loyal and they travel. Before the end of the 2001 year, Nebraska had the reputation of being on top of the college football world. The option and the Blackshirts put fear into their opponents. Most knew that any given year Nebraska could and would make a run for the National Championship. The Huskers, along with Oklahoma, dominated the old Big 8 to the point where other members of the league were merely wondering by how much they would get beat by. The Huskers would frequently win games by scores of 84-13, 72-29, 77-7, 62-0 and those were conference games. We are not talking games from the 20s but those are all post 1970. You beat people up like that year after year and no one is sending you "Get Better Soon" cards after a "bad" year of 7-7. Coming off a sub par year Nebraska might not be on top, but everyone will still be looking to beat them. The Huskers are a textbook example of America's fickle nature when it comes to heroes. We love a winner, yet we don't want you to win too often.
5 Florida - The Gators pay thanks to Steve Spurrier for bringing them their first official SEC title, for helping them turn the series against rival Georgia and for their national championship season in 1996. They can also thank the "Evil Genius" for putting them on this list. Running reverses when the game was well in hand or throwing it deep just so the Gators could hang 50 points in Sanford Stadium are just a few examples of why Spurrier, and by association the Gators, are a team many love to hate. The Florida faithful enjoyed a magical run under their beloved coach, becoming a modern version of the dominant Alabama teams led by Coach Bryant, at least in terms of SEC success. Knowing Spurrier he is probably upset that more teams didn't hate and disappointed the "Mighty Gators" didn't come out on top of this poll.
4 Michigan - There are many things associated with the Wolverines: 100,000 fans; arguably the team of the Big Ten, err 11; Hail to the Victors. All wonderful traditions that make everyone else not wearing the Maize and Blue hate them with a passion. When you have won 40 conference titles (twice the number of third place Minnesota) you create a lot of bitterness over the years. Throw in the fact that Beano seems to be in love with those old winged "hats" and most fans living in the modern era can barely contain themselves. No one roots for Goliath and they don't come much bigger in terms of favorites historically then Mee-chigan.
3 Florida State - A relative newcomer on the football playing stage FSU has built quite a tradition over the last quarter century. Yet, FSU is hated as if it has been around forever. Winning over a hundred games in the '90s and the 'Noles have had to write numerous "letters of apology" for running up the score on the "have-nots" of the college football world. However, the 'Noles are equally hated by the Blue Bloods of college football who never take too kindly to a "Bobby Come Lately" that is brash, flashy and successful. Oh, and then doing all this in the powerhouse that is the "ACC" just makes the traditionalists that much more furious. (The ACC is better than many like to admit, but you will never hear a Big Ten or SEC fan admit such and is yet another reason to hate those Noles). Finally, if there wasn't reason enough to hate the Garnet and Gold that friggin War Chant. Enough already.
1a Notre Dame - Do you really need an explanation for why everyone hates the Irish? Don thinks I am crazy for not having them number 1, hence the "1a" and "1" distinction. Aside from the "Holier Than Thou" attitude and the arrogance of the Irish having their own television contract the fact that 99% of Irish fans never attended the school fuels the hatred for the Golden Domers. Making matters worse is that the fans love that they are hated which makes you despise them more. While numerous programs come and go (few people realize that Minnesota used to be a football power or that Tulane used to be an SEC contender) the one constant is that people will watch Notre Dame football. When the Irish eyes are crying, most of America is smilin.
1 Miami - No matter how hard you try, no matter how nice a guy you think Butch Davis was, the Canes will forever be associated with images of camouflage in the Fiesta Bowl, thugs running around the Cotton Bowl taunting the Longhorns (though few tears were shed for UT) and that d**ned Ibis. The Hurricanes are my number one pick because they just win too d**n much and they way they win makes you hate them. It seems the Canes have found a way to needle just about every fan in the country. From the legacy of Wide Right that still haunts FSU fans, to the Catholics v. Convicts battles with Notre Dame, or the scenes of Sebastian carting around a burning Boomer Schooner Miami is hated nationwide. Throw in the fact that many, if not most of the Cane fans are bandwagon fans it makes you pull for whoever is playing UM that week. While Ohio State is not well received in Big Ten country, you can rest assured that most of the country was more than happy to see the Canes get theirs in the Fiesta Bowl.