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- Published: Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:12
- by Doug Samuels
The NFL preseason continues tonight with the Patriots and Redskins culminating their joint practices of earlier this week with some preseason action.
Eastern time listed.
Patriots at Redskins - 7:30 - NBC
You knew it was coming.
After releasing the most hated teams by state in the NFL....
Major League Baseball....
and the NBA...
the folks at Reddit have produced a map of the most hated college football programs by state. The results are, well, the results you'd expect from an anonymous Internet survey.
But, I still have questions.
Some of these make no sense (Ole Miss being hated in New Mexico, Vermont hating Maryland) and can be written off due to a small sample size. New Mexico, for example, had 18 respondents.
But some of these really make no sense.
- How is Ole Miss the most hated team in Alabama? The Rebels are 19-75-2 all-time against Alabama and Auburn. I would've bet anything that Auburn is the most hated team in Alabama, since that state leans so heavily toward the Tide.
- I guess the good people of Kansas are still smarting about K-State's loss to Ohio State in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.
- Fans Notre Dame, Indiana and Purdue have settled on a common enemy of Michigan... State? Odd that Michigan is the most hated team in Wyoming and Montana, but not Indiana. For whatever it's worth, Michigan is an all-time 121-39-1 against the Hoosier State's three FBS teams, while Michigan State is a less threatening 104-91-4.
Other results, however, are worth reading into.
- For instance, it's interesting that hate for Texas still runs strong in Arkansas after two full decades of SEC membership. Those programs have met just four times since Arkansas left the Southwest Conference in 1991, and have only a 2021 matchup in Fayetteville on the schedule.
- Similarly, I was surprised West Virginia found Virginia Tech more hatable than Pittsburgh. The Mountaineers and Hokies have played only 51 times, haven't met since 2005 and won't again until 2017.
- Overall, conference realignment just stinks. Missouri should clearly still be playing Kansas. Texas and Arkansas should find a way to play more often than five times in 30 years, and the same for West Virginia and Virginia Tech (and Pitt, for that matter). Nebraska should always be the most hated team in Colorado, not Alabama.
- Among 7,873 total responses, Ohio State (2,121 total votes) and Michigan (1,615) are easily the most despised programs in America. The next closest villain is Alabama at 513 votes.
- I found this amusing:
Okay, but seriously, check out how tight the hate race between Florida schools was: (1) Miami—227 (2) Florida State—224 (3) Florida—222 — RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 7, 2014
- Finally, should Notre Dame be worried that only 1.23 percent of respondents bothered to give Notre Dame the honor of their No. 1 nemesis?
UPDATE: Reddit has provided a more accurate map.
Cal Football had a rough season last year. Sonny Dykes has a plan and the staff and team are heading down the right path. There is no doubt in my mind that we'll see measurable improvement on the field this season.
As you'll see in the trailer below (which is quite well done), Cal's video staff will be releasing updated videos every Monday during camp, providing inside glimpses into how the team is coming together. Good footage in here.
"This is going to be a hell of a camp. I think we learned a lot of lessons as a football team and an organization in the last year and we're going to apply them all to this camp. We're going to have a great camp. It's going to be competitive, it's going to be tough, it's going to be physical, we're going to take care of you guys, we're going to have fun; but the best thing is that when we leave this camp we're going to be a lot better football team and we're going to be ready to play."
- Sonny Dykes
Zach: Good on you, Saints.
Scott: My kids start school again tomorrow. Here's a great "challenge" from All Pro Dad.
— All Pro Dad (@AllProDad) August 5, 2014
Doug: I saw this last night before heading to bed, and immediately knew what I was using as a three and out article for today...and it features a five year old red head who stole the show during an interview at a state fair.
The original video on YouTube from WNEP-TV has over 4 million views basically overnight. Incredible.