Tag:college football
Posted on: April 12, 2009 1:30 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2009 6:11 pm

Best college football rivalries 2000-2009

Did a little homework on rivalries in the current century (2000-2009).

Best on-the-field rivalry: Florida State vs Miami The only major rivalry to average less than a 10 point spreat and still yield at least one BCS championship is FSU-Miami (average spread over this period is 6.22 pts per game). Although Miami has an upper hand in wins/losses at 7-3, the closeness of the games and national title implications (past few years excepted) make this rivalry (in my opinion) the best on-field rivalry. This is also the only rivalry to produce a same-season rematch in a bowl game (2003) during this period.

Best championship rivalry: Florida vs LSU No one can contest the success these teams have had this decade. Four BCS titles between them, and though the average point spread when they meet is a lofty 17.56 per game they have nearly split their series at 5-4 since 2000.

Best rivalry for drama: Ohio State vs Michigan Though the Buckeyes have won 7 meetings since the millenia, the average point spread for these games is a mere 11.78. Take away last years 35 point debacle and it's 8.87. Lump these close matchups together with one BCS title and a TON of people watching and you've got a classic year in, year out.

Best rivalry for homers: Oregon vs Oregon State With the exception of the past two years, these teams have taken turns pounding each other at home to the tune of 17.44 points per game. That makes for a lot of happy alumni.

Best rivalry to leave at halftime: Kansas vs Kansas State This one's not even close. The average massacre in this series is 26.78 points, but the series is close at 5-4. Might as well head for the exits after the first half ends.

Best rivalry for no national title implications and one-team dominance: Army vs Navy Seriously, since 2000 no rivalry has been more lopsided than this one. Navy holds an 8-1 edge to the tune of 23.78 points per game. Players rarely go on to NFL careers. And both teams tend to run antiquated option offenses. So why do we watch? We're Americans! We're proud that these guys play hard with no pro future in their sights. We're proud that they wear unit patches on their uniforms in tribute to those in harm's way. And we're proud that at the end of each game both teams stand in silent tribute to the other's alma mater.

Best rivalry for a state fair: Oklahoma vs Texas This one gets a ton of hype, but this decades statistics don't lie. Although it's produced two BCS championships, Oklahoma has taken 6 of 9 and the beatings haven't been close. With the exception of a 7 point spread in 2007 there has not been a spread in single digits. The average for this high-visibility rivalry? 22.56 points per game.

Best rivalry for "We hate the BCS" talk: BYU vs Utah
The "Holy War" doesn't dissapoint. An even record of 5-4 with an average spread of 10.11 (second only to FSU-UM). And the winner gets to look from the outside in at a National Championship. Take it from me...when I did "Hate Bowl 2008" this year one thing was apparent. Utah fans HATE BYU. BYU fans generally wonder why they are so hated. If this rivalry had the fire that Clemson-South Carolina has it would get huge ratings.

Oh, and just so I don't piss off my Irish relatives...

Best rivalry for false "throw the records out the window" talk: Southern Cal vs Notre Dame
Really. This one used to mean something, what with those gold helmets and that marching band in skirts. Now it's just another excuse to get the Trojans on national TV. USC holds a 7-2 upper hand with an average spread of 24.11 points per game. Sure, USC has ponied up two BCS championships, but did I ever think that I'd see Notre Dame pull a PAC-10 team's strength of schedule DOWN? No. But that's where this one is now.



Posted on: December 15, 2008 11:15 am
Edited on: December 15, 2008 6:14 pm


Hot off of the heels of our wildly successful "Hate Bowl 2008", it's time to test the mettle of the College Football Bowl Season.  Welcome to "INSIGNIFICANT BOWL 2008".

A number of posters at the Hate Bowl expressed interest in a bowl season contest.  So here's my take on it.  There are 34 bowls this year, meaning SIXTY-EIGHT teams received a bid to a bowl game.  Now let me first say that I'm all in favor of rewarding good performance, but seriously, take a look at ANY 6-6 team and make a good argument to me that they deserve to go bowling.  THAT'S rewarding extreme mediocrity.  Well, that's enough of my rant.  Let's get down to "bidness".

I have listed each and every bowl game below.  My intent is to do this "Heisman" style.  You give me (in order, worst first) the five bowl games you consider to be the most insignificant.  I don't care what your criteria is.  Heck, the Heisman voters don't have a criteria, why should we?  Just rank 'em and spank 'em.  Point totals will be 5 for first place, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth, and a single, lousy point for fifth.

As always, we welcome your candid and humorous comments.  Please, just keep 'em clean.    To post your votes, just add a comment to this blog.

And now, here are our party guests (payoffs in parentheses, followed by network).

Saturday, December 20:

Eagle Bank Bowl  Washington DC:  Navy (8-4) vs. Wake Forest (7-5) ($750,000)  ESPN
New Mexico Bowl  Albuquerque, NM:  Colorado State (6-6) vs. Fresno State (7-5) ($750,000)  ESPN
St. Petersburgh Bowl  St. Petersburgh, FL:  South Florida (7-5) vs. Memphis (6-6) ($1 million)  ESPN2
Las Vegas Bowl  Las Vegas, NV:  BYU (10-2) vs. Arizona (7-5) ($1 million) ESPN

Sunday, December 21:

New Orleans Bowl  New Orleans, LA:  Troy (8-4) vs. Southern Miss (6-6) ($325,000)  ESPN2

Tuesday, December 23:

Poinsettia Bowl  San Diego, CA:  Boise State (12-0) vs. TCU (10-2) ($750,000) ESPN

Wednesday, December 24:

Hawai'i Bowl  Honolulu, HI:  Hawai'i (7-6) vs. Notre Dame (6-6) ($750,000) ESPN

Friday, December 26:

Motor City Bowl  Detroit, MI:  Florida Atlantic (6-6) vs. Central Michigan (8-4) ($750,000) ESPN2

Saturday, December 27:

Meineke Bowl  Charlotte, NC:  North Carolina (8-4) vs. West Virginia (8-4) ($1 million) ESPN
Champs Sports Bowl  Orlando, FL:  Florida State (8-4) vs. Wisconsin (8-4) ($2.125 million ) ESPN
Emerald Bowl  San Fransisco, CA:  California (8-4) vs. Miami (7-5) ($750,000 to ACC, $850,000 to PAC10) ESPN

Sunday, December 28:

Independence Bowl  Shreveport, LA:  Louisiana Tech (7-5) vs. Northern Illinois (6-6) ($1.1 million) ESPN

Monday, December 29:

PapaJohns.com Bowl  Birmingham, AL:  Rutgers (7-5) vs. NC State (6-6) ($300,000) ESPN
Alamo Bowl  San Antonio, TX:  Northwestern (9-3) vs. Missouri (9-4) ($2.25 million) ESPN

Tuesday, December 30:

Humanitarian Bowl  Boise, ID:  Nevada (7-5) vs. Maryland (7-5) ($750,000) ESPN
Holiday Bowl  San Diego, CA:  Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Oregon (9-3) ($2.3 million) ESPN
Texas Bowl  Houston, TX:  Rice (9-3) vs. Western Michigan (9-3) ($750,000) NFLN

Wednesday, December 31:

Armed Forces Bowl  Fort Worth, TX:  Houston (7-5) vs. Air Force (8-4) ($750,000) ESPN
Sun Bowl  El Paso, TX:  Oregon State (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (9-3) ($1.9 million) CBS
Music City Bowl  Nashville, TN:  Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Boston College (9-4) ($1.7 million) ESPN
Insight Bowl  Tempe, AZ:  Kansas (7-5) vs. Minnesota (7-5) ($1.2 million) NFLN
Chick-fil-A Bowl  Atlanta, GA:  LSU (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (9-3) ($3 million) ESPN

Thursday, January 1:

Outback Bowl  Tampa, FL:  Iowa (8-4) vs. South Carolina (7-5) ($3.2 million) ESPN
Capital One Bowl  Orlando, FL:  Georgia (9-3) vs. Michigan State (9-3) ($4.25 million) ABC
Gator Bowl  Jacksonville, FL:  Nebraska (8-4) vs. Clemson (7-5) ($2.5 million) CBS
Rose Bowl  Pasadena, CA:  USC (11-1) vs. Penn State (11-1) ($17 million) ABC
Orange Bowl  Miami, FL:  Cincinnati (11-2) vs. Virginia Tech (9-4) ($17 million) FOX

Friday, January 2:

Cotton Bowl  Dallas, TX:  Texas Tech (11-1) vs. Mississippi (8-4) ($3 million) FOX
Liberty Bowl  Memphis, TN:  Kentucky (6-6) vs. East Carolina (9-4) ($1.8 million) ESPN
Sugar Bowl  New Orleans, LA:  Utah (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1) ($17 million) FOX

Saturday, January 3:

International Bowl  Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  Connecticut (7-5) vs. Buffalo (8-5) ($750,000) ESPN2
Fiesta Bowl  Glendale, AZ:  Texas (11-1) vs. Ohio State (10-2) ($17 million) FOX

Tuesday, January 6:

GMAC Bowl  Mobile, AL:  Tulsa (10-3) vs. Ball State (12-1) ($750,000) ESPN

Thursday, January 8:

BCS National Championship Game  Miami, FL:  Florida (12-1) vs. Oklahoma (12-1) ($17 million) FOX
Posted on: November 24, 2008 9:39 pm


And the winner of the 2008 NCAA Football HATE BOWL is......


The Irish defeated Ohio State by a score of 15 to 6.  Our regular season champs have taken the trophy.

Keep an eye peeled for our next foray into the obscure..."Insignificant Bowl '08-'09", coming after the bowl selection special.  With WAY too many bowls being played, which ones should go away?  We'll find out in a couple of weeks.  Stay tuned!
Posted on: November 20, 2008 8:50 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2008 9:39 am




Welcome back, my friends, to the hate that never ends!  It's time for the "Nine Pins" Bowling for Dollars HATE BOWL battle for the Trojan Condoms - Summer's Eve "You Bastard" Trophy.  I thought it might be appropriate to reiterate some of the pearls our posters gave us about our two finalists...Notre Dame and Ohio State.

chfhookm admitted he got help with his hate for tOSU when he shared:
Oh, did I forget to mention that Ray Small's dad made my picks for me?UKnowMoreThanMe shared the Buckeye hate with this gem:
Do they know that their mascot is a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate?  I mean, how "manly" can you be if your mascot is a wanna-be Reese's Cup.But WesinID wasn't gonna let Notre Dame get overlooked.  Per Wes...
I hope they form a conference with Liberty University, Southern Methodist, and Brigham Young, call it the Battle of Armeggon Division (B.A.D)BlueSpud2 illustrated the debates we all went through in picking the hard match-ups with this comment:
As much as I hate the U of I, I really hate the possibility of OStU stinking up another BCS game again, NT or otherwise.  Besides
Idaho can't beat a fart to stink more less get to a bowl game.  A real travesity is having Ohio State on TV after Nov.

The round of 8 brought more interesting observations.  WoolyUte expressed his opinion of Notre Dame...
How can you not hate a team that doesnt play well with others, hired fat Charly and still struggles and enjoys being called Golden Domers... sounds like a 70's porno to me! lol I had haunting images of Weis with a "porno 'stache" for days.  And then SOMEBODY (PanzerKoenigin) mentioned something about a thong.  And I'm STILL not sleeping.

UtahUtesRGr8 gave us the "play-by-play" on the Notre Dame - Florida State game...
In a fairly one-sided game, the shopplifting convicts from Talahasee have amassed a record 26 personal fouls, but their superior speed and athletism has dominated play nonetheless.  Notre Dame is behind by three scores with 4 seconds to play, when Charlie Weiss calls for the Touchdown Jesus Hail Mary, which falls incomplete.  Nevertheless, as time runs out, ABC declares Notre Dame the winner.  Unbeknownst to even the most ardent college football fans, Notre Dame advances to the next round of all games based on their larger fan base and superior moral code.When WestlandUte chimed in with this I had much confidence in the Irish making the final.
As a person of Irish descent I am offended by the representation of my race as a bunch of belicose hooligans. I am also offended the mascot. What's up with the little Green Bast#%$ with the shalyley. If anyone disagrees with me you are codially invited to come to my place and I will punch you in the throat and piss on your dog.But alas, all of the hate didn't go Notre Dame's way.  byu sranje kura made this argument AGAINST tOSU's strength of schedule:
it's just too bad that they won't be able to get blown out 3 years in a row in the ncg.  I guess that's what they get for scheduling 1 good team this year.  Should have played Toledo instead of USC.  Guess there's always next year.So here we are.  The final round of HATE BOWL 2008.  Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls...Place your votes here!



You be the judge.  I'll take votes through Sunday, November 23.

Posted on: November 16, 2008 6:25 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2008 6:00 pm


Well, here it is.  The final four...or "FOUL FOUR" as we say here at Hate Bowl Central.  The battle for the newly named "You Bastard Trophy" continues.

Yup, YBT won over "no trophy" by a mere two votes.  However, there were so many outstanding ideas for our award that I feel compelled to incorporate some aspect of each into our "corporate logo" design.  Which leads to another question:  should we look for a corporate sponsor?  Send me your ideas.  Something like The Summer's Eve Hate Bowl would be great.  I'll await your suggestions.

Well, here they are...now with ZERO Transfats!  Ohio State earns an upset win in the 2vs7 bracket, otherwise our "favorites" have pushed through.  YOUR HATE BOWL 2008 FOUL FOUR MATCH-UPS!!


#1 Notre Dame vs #4 BYU  NOTRE DAME LEADS 12-9

#7 Ohio State vs #3 Miami  OHIO STATE LEADS 14-7

As always, you can submit your votes here in the comment thread.  Gotta pick both games...no partial ballots will be counted.  I'll give this four days to "ferment" and try to post our championship contest on Thursday, November 20.
Posted on: November 12, 2008 8:01 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2008 10:01 pm


My people, you have evidently seeded our contestants correctly.  Round Two of the Hate Bowl Playoffs is in the books, and our Unsweet 16 is now the Hate Eight.  In the round just completed, Notre Dame (23-4 over Washington), USC (25-2 over Oregon), and Ohio State (22-5 over Tennessee) all came through strong with double-digit wins.  As they say in Little Italy, " 'Atsa lotta HATE!"  Our closest game was Florida State's three point win over Florida .  I guess they had one that DIDN'T go wide right.

In any event, now it's time for Round Three...the "HATE EIGHT".  The rules are the same as before.  You must pick a larger lowlife in each pairing.  Incomplete ballots won't be counted.  Keep in mind that these matchups are based on the ORIGINAL SEEDING that resulted from our "regular season".  I take NO CREDIT for the USC-tOSU or BYU-Idaho pairings.  Wish I could!

There's one bonus to this round...our "Name The Trophy" contest.  The proposed names are listed at the bottom of the ballot.  Just give me your #1 pick.  

I'd like to finish this round by Sunday, November 16 so we can march this along and keep some interest.  That said, HEEEERE WE GO!!!

Pick the team you hate most in each pairing...



#1 Notre Dame vs #8 Florida State  NOTRE DAME LEADS 27-15

#2 USC vs #7 Ohio State  OHIO STATE LEADS 28-14

#3 Miami vs #6 Michigan MIAMI LEADS 25-17

#4 BYU vs #5 Idaho  BYU LEADS 28-14


The Al Davis Trophy  3VOTES

The "He Hate Me" Trophy  5 VOTES

The Haterade Cup  3 VOTES

The "You Bastard" Trophy  10 VOTES

The "F- OFF" Cup  4 VOTES

The Detest Crest  3 VOTE

Nothing.  No trophy.  Just call it the Crapple Cup.  9 VOTES

Posted on: November 6, 2008 6:34 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2008 6:48 pm


Well, well, well!  We're down to the round of 16 in our Hate Bowl 2008 Playoffs.  Interesting match-ups include one that's already been played on the field (BYU vs UCLA) and one that'll end the regular season in the Sunshine State (Florida vs Florida State).  All in all, there's a LOTTA hate to be had in these brackets. 

I'll set an initial target of Wednesday, November 12 for closing the "Unsweet 16".  Here are your match-ups.  Just post your selections in the comments under this blog.  As with last round, only complete ballots with ALL GAMES SELECTED will be counted.  No hanging chads allowed.



#1 Notre Dame vs #16 Washington  NOTRE DAME LEADS 21-2

#2 USC vs #18 Oregon  USC LEADS 22-1

#3 Miami vs #14 Georgia  MIAMI LEADS 15-8

#4 BYU vs #20 UCLA  BYU LEADS 15-8

#5 Idaho vs #12 Alabama  IDAHO IN A SQUEAKER, 13-10

#6 Michigan vs #11 Auburn  MICHIGAN LEADS 16-7

#7 Ohio State vs #10 Tennessee  OHIO STATE LEADS 18-5

#8 Florida State vs #9 Florida  FLORIDA STATE IN A SQUEAKER 12-11
Posted on: October 31, 2008 9:26 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2008 6:15 pm


As Dr. Johnny Fever would say, "HERE IT IS, MY BABIES!"  What we've all been looking for.  Our top four seeds (Notre Dame, Miami, USC, and BYU) all drew a bye for the first round, since we had 28 schools "nominated".  As promised, we have some interesting match-ups...a backyard battle between Ohio State and West Virginia, a match-up featuring two teams destined to battle for the ACC Atlantic Division championship (FSU and Maryland), and a pairing of two teams who could potentially meet in this year's BCS National Championship (Penn State and Georgia...keep in mind that this is written before The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party). 

So here's how it works now.  I give you the matchups.  You give me your picks for each pairing.  By pick, I mean the teams you hate more than the other.  I know some of you won't have any particular feelings about some teams, but COME ON!  IT'S FOR FUN!  I'll set a target of closing out voting on Round One by Friday, November 7 (will move that up or back depending on when incoming votes die off)  So talk amongst yourselves and give me your best hate! 



#5 Idaho vs #28 Ball State    (Idaho WINS 23-7)

#6 Michigan vs #27 Clemson   (Michigan WINS 21-9)

#7 Ohio State vs #26 West Virginia   (Ohio State WINS 28-2)

#8 Florida State vs #25 Maryland  (Florida State WINS 21-9)

#9 Florida vs #24 Nebraska   (Florida WINS 18-12)

#10 Tennessee vs #23 Boston College  (Tennessee WINS 18-12)

#11 Auburn vs #22 Missouri  (Auburn WINS 21-9)

#12 Alabama vs #21 Colorado   (Alabama WINS 19-11)

#13 Oklahoma vs #20 UCLA   (UCLA WINS 17-13)

#14 Georgia vs #19 Penn State   (Georgia WINS 20-10)

#15 Utah vs #18 Oregon   (Oregon WINS 19-11)

#16 Washington vs #17 Iowa   (Washington WINS 23-7)
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