Texas Longhorns Football: Top 10 Most Hated Opponents

Matt RudnitskyCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2010

Texas Longhorns Football: Top 10 Most Hated Opponents

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    1986:  Linebacker Brian Bosworth of the University of Oklahoma during a photo shoot at the University campas in Norman, Oklahoma. Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole  /Allsport
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    The Texas Longhorns, despite this year's disappointing season, are one of college football's most storied programs.

    With the football-crazy state of Texas behind them, the Longhorns have the second-most wins in NCAA football history and have boasted two Heisman Trophy winners (Earl Campbell, and Ricky Williams) as well as college football's all-time wins leader at quarterback (Colt McCoy).

    Along the way, Longhorns fans have developed a hatred for many opponents, due to their sustained success and aversion to failure.

    Here are the Texas Longhorns 10 most-hated opponents:

10. Michael Crabtree

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    LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 08:  Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Texas Tech isn't Texas's biggest rival (they just aren't good enough, simply put), but when Crabtree caught the game-winning pass (with one second left) against the Longhorns in their 2008 matchup, that had to hurt.

    That wound up being the only loss on the Longhorns' resume, taking away their chance at a national title.

9. John David Crow

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    Crow is Texas A&M's only Heisman Trophy winner.

    The fact that the Aggies only have one is sure to please Longhorns fans, but Crow's success is not.

8. Adrian Peterson

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 1:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the football in the third quarter of the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl against the Boise State Broncos at University of Phoenix Stadium January 1, 2007 in Glendale, Arizona.
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    As a freshman, Peterson came in second (to Matt Leinart) in the Heisman Trophy, leading the Sooners to a perfect regular season and a berth in the national championship game.

    Oklahoma lost, but Longhorns fans had to envy Peterson's tremendous success.

7. Barry Switzer

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    LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 17:  Former heac coach Barry Switzer of the Oklahoma Sooners stands on the field before the Big 12 Conference football game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 17, 2001 at SBC Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.  The Sooners
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    Switzer was a tremendous coach at Oklahoma, with one of the best winning percentages in NCAA football history.

    He had a 9-5-2 record against Texas (although he was just 4-5-1 against Fred Akers).

6. Bud Wilkinson

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    Bud Wilkinson had a remarkable 145-29-4 record as Oklahoma's coach, winning three national titles and 14 conference titles.

5. Steve Owens

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    One of Oklahoma's greatest players, Owens won the 1969 Heisman Trophy and was the school's all-time leading scorer until DeMarco Murray broke his record this year.

4. Sam Bradford

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    If it weren't for Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy would get a lot more hype.

    Bradford finished right above McCoy in receiving the 2008 Heisman Trophy, and was selected first overall in last year's NFL Draft.

    Despite McCoy's impressive start to his career, Bradford has gotten more hype, leaving McCoy in the Oklahoma-product's shadow yet again.

    McCoy can play as much ping pong with Bradford as he wants, but he still will have to play second-fiddle to his Sooner friend in the eyes of the public.

3. Brian Bosworth

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    6 Sep 1986:  Linebacker Brian Bosworth (right) of the University of Oklahoma pursues a UCLA running back during the Sooners 38-3 win over UCLA at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Mandatory Credit: Allsport  /Allsport
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    Bosworth (who played high-school football in Texas) was stolen from the Longhorns by Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer.

    Bosworth is one of the best college football players of all-time, but his crazy hairstyles. controversial views (which he wasn't afraid to share), and positive steroid-test make him arguably the most hated opponent of the Texas Longhorns.

2. Texas A&M Aggies

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    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 25:  Mike Sherman, head coach of Texas A&M, embraces running back Cyrus Gray #32 following Texas A&M's 24-17 win over The University of Texas at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by
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    The Lone Star showdown is a tremendous in-state rivalry.

    With the close proximity between the two programs, the importance of football in Texas and the talent often possessed by these two schools, this is one of the greatest in-state rivalries in college sports.

1. Oklahoma Sooners

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    STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after the Sooners beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys 47-41 at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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    Texas A&M may have been a bigger rival in the past, but since Oklahoma has turned into one of the nation's most successful programs, the Red River Rivalry is one of the greatest rivalry games in sports.

    The game has produced some exciting contests, especially in the last few years.

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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: Coach Mack Brown (center) of the Texas Longhorns watches as his team finishes off the Nebraska Cornuskers during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebras
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    Matt Rudnitsky is a student at the University of Michigan and a Featured Columnist/writing intern at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Mattrud.