The Rate of Hate: Power-Ranking the Most Hated Teams in the SEC
We all know that we have favorite teams. But what about the teams you loathe? The teams you despise?
Are you an LSU fan who hates Alabama? An Alabama fan that hates Tennessee? A Tennessee fan that hates Georgia? A Georgia fan that hates Auburn? An Auburn fan that hates Florida?
These rankings compare every SEC team in order of how hated they are.
JUST TO POINT OUT: These rankings do not reflect my personal opinion. If your school is No. 1 on this list, it doesn't mean I dislike you at all.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Degree of Hate: Basically none. It's a school for bright young people with brain-power. It's never really been much of a competitor on the field, so most teams have a winning record against them.
Reasons to Hate: I don't know... bragging about their GPAs? That's all I can think of.
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Degree of hate: Not very much. Sure, their basketball teams are great, but this is football. There's nothing about them that makes a lot of people angry.
Reasons to hate: Their basketball team beats you year in and year out. They have sparkly helmets (really?). You're a Louisville fan.
10. Mississippi State
Location: Starkville, Mississippi
Degree of hate: Could be worse. The Bulldogs generally are not hated by a lot of people.
Reasons to hate: The recent Cam Newton saga didn't land them any new friends from Auburn. They sneak cowbells into every game (security, are you awake?)! They played dirty for the most part under Jackie Sherrill.
9. South Carolina
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Degree of hate: A little bit. They have had a history of bottom-feeding so it isn't like any team particularly has a grudge against them.
Reasons to hate: Their fans can be a little bit rude at home games. They have a chicken named Cocky as their mascot! They won't shut up with the "Sandstorm" song at home games.
8. Ole Miss
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Degree of hate: Could be worse. The Rebels might be hated most by their own fanbase, however, due to both their lack of on-field production and their wimpy athletic department that ended the use of the Rebel flag, killed Colonel Reb and replaced him with a "Rebel Black Bear."
Reasons to hate: Their apparent racism (ask the AD, not me)! They use the song "Hoddy Toddy." Some of their fans leave the games at halftime to go party in the Grove.
Location: Athens, Georgia
Degree of hate: A good bit. They may only be seventh, but this just shows that most of the SEC is basically disliked.
Reasons to hate: Uga can be a pretty mean dog. They think corny "Blackouts" will work (Alabama Power fixed that blackout though). One end zone area is big with many seats while the other is small with a jumbotron. They are often penalized and play pretty dirty football.
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Degree of hate: Pretty wide. Arkansas has earned a poor reputation over their history.
Reasons to hate: They're named after PIGS. That "Woo Pig Sooie" chant can be annoying. They play dirty football most of the time. When you try to tackle them, they fall forward 10 more yards, which is annoying. One end of the stadium is beautiful while the other is a warehouse with a wide, short screen on top of it which looks just awful. Their fans can be annoying (this won't be the last time you hear that).
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Degree of hate: Just short of "a whole bunch."
Reasons to hate: Their stadium is a big piece of trash in some areas and the seats are way too close together (thus the nickname "One-Cheek Stadium"). Lane Kiffin. Philip Fulmer is not the most loved man, especially by Alabama fans. Lane Kiffin. A Volunteer is not a black dog, so the mascot situation makes no sense. Lane Kiffin. Their current coach, Derek Dooley, thinks SEC means "Scrub Every Corner." There was also some guy there recently who violated more NCAA rules than I can remember and almost single-handidly killed UT Football. OK, that's no reason to hate Tennessee, that's a reason to hate Lane Kiffin. And the biggest reason to hate Tennessee.... "Rocky Top."
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Degree of hate: Lots of it.
Reasons to hate: Cam Newton probably burned your team, unless you're Vandy, Tennessee or Florida. They roll toilet paper ALL OVER innocent oak trees. What do a Tiger and War Eagle have to do with anything? They've been one of the most penalized teams in the NCAA's history.
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Degree of hate: Very, very hated.
Reasons to hate: Their fanbase is known to be "redneck" and brag constantly. The Bear is an over-glorified man. Nick Saban isn't the nicest guy. They claim 13 National Titles and brag about it endlessly, yet half of those titles aren't very legit at all (especially 1941). What do an elephant and red water have to do with each other?
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Degree of hate: Very, very, VERY hated.
Reasons to hate: Their fans awful behavior on gamedays towards anybody associated or rooting for the other team. Les Miles' clock management. Actually putting a live Tiger beside the visitor's locker room (in a cage). Overused statement of "DEATH VALLEY ON A SATURDAY NIGHT." Their very, very lucky ways to win ball games (2007 Auburn, 2008 Auburn, 2010 Tennessee, 2010 Florida).
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Degree of hate: More than any other team in the SEC. Which is pretty bad considering people hate Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, too.
Reasons to hate: People won't shut up about Tim Tebow. Urban Meyer's attitude (didn't vote conference member Auburn No. 1 on his Top 25, possibly leaked info about Cam Newton's academics at Florida, his ADDICTION to Tim Tebow). That "Gator Chomp" the fans do is quite annoying. They can't imagine playing a non-conference game outside of Florida, thus hurting the SEC's reputation in non-conference games. They have an uncalled-for sense of entitlement (like Texas). Florida has become the "Thug U" of the SEC, having over 30 players arrested since Urban Meyer's hiring, including Chris "Time2Die" Rainey. They're always overhyped in the polls. A big portion of their fanbase is arrogant. They say, "Only Gators get out alive," yet both SEC Tigers, Gamecocks, Rebels and Bulldogs from Starkvegas have done pretty well there recently.
It is a pretty interesting perspective, pointing out notable flaws for every SEC team.
Here were the rankings:
10. Mississippi State
9. South Carolina
8. Ole Miss
Is Florida the team you hate most? Is it Alabama? Are you an Ohio State fan who hates them all? Please comment below.