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The college football teams America loves to hate: Surprise at No. 10

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott celebrates his 47-yard touchdown against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes were America’s most hated football team in a recent survey.
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott celebrates his 47-yard touchdown against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes were America’s most hated football team in a recent survey. TNS

In sports, it’s either love ’em or hate ’em. And in college football, it’s pretty much love your own and hate everybody else.

Reddit College Football decided to find out which college football teams are the most hated across the country. To little surprise, the most loathed by the legions greatly depended, in most cases, on which state is casting the votes. Regional hatred is always the best kind.

Nearly 5,000 votes were tallied nationwide. In Texas, to no surprise, the Texas Longhorns topped the chart as most hated, garnering 21.3 percent of the vote, with the Texas A&M Aggies coming in second with 12.7 percent of the vote. Oklahoma and Baylor tied for third, each with 8.9 percent of the vote. Texas also came in as most-hated, to little surprise, in Oklahoma and Nebraska.

The national results ranged from the expected — Ohio State came in as America’s most hated football team with 11.4 percent of the vote. Alabama and Michigan tied for second, each getting 9.2 percent of the vote. The Longhorns were fourth with 6.3 percent. But there was also the astonishingly unexpected: Baylor came in 10th with 2.5 percent of the vote.

Here’s how the voting broke down nationally, and by state:

For the Bears to show up on any national top 10 poll after decades of virtual football hibernation has to be considered a major accomplishment. To make it in the top 10 of most hated, well, it just goes to show how irritated so many people all over the country — what gives New Mexico? — are by Baylor’s rapid ascension, and not just here in good, old Fort Worth, home of the Horned Frogs, who apparently aren’t all that hated.

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