Beside the obvious, what other Big 10 team can you not stand? And for what reason? Mine is Wisconsin, and the reason, Bret Bielema. I cannot stand that arrogant looking mug on the sideline, and I hope he loses every game he coaches.
Big 10 Team You Can't Stand
I've always hated the Boilmakers. A lot of guys on my hockey team went to Purdue after they graduated and seeing Michigan beat them is awesome cause I can rub it in when I talk to them.
I just remember watching a Northwestern RB tear us up, and the whole big ten back in the 90's. I don't remember his name, just long white socks. He was a punk, and I have hated Northwestern ever since...
It might be Darnell Autry. He was their tailback in their '95 Rose Bowl season.
Full credit for Autry.
The high-socked guy who killed us repeatedly in the 54-51 debacle was Anderson.
I too have never liked the dirty, stinky Boilermakers.
Iowa, Indiana and Northwestern. If I had to choose three teams to lose to, it'd be those three right there.
Wisconsin fans are assholes, and probably the worst of the non state crowds.
Man that's a tough one. I could say almost all the teams, but if I had to pick one other than Ohio State it would be Purdue, because I live in Indiana and I take IU's side in anything between the 2 schools. Purdue's colors suck, stadium sucks, Bball stadium sucks, parties and bars suck, and the women there are not as nearly as hot as Indiana women!!
I hate their fans. It's an important distinction that you lose sight of when you say "besides the obvious".
I respect Jim Tressel as a character and especially as a coach and I don't have any particular issue with any of their players other than the occassional David Boston type or, of course, Justin Boren.
If I had to pick a Big Ten team/program I hate it would have to be Illinois, especially the Mike White squads of the early 80s. They were dirty cheaters and when Michigan had the ups they dropped 72 on them.
For same reason as OP.
Wisconsin fans are dicks. I haven't met a Wisconsin alum who isn't convinced that UW is the best academic school in the Big 10. Bullshit. Is it a bad school? No, not at all. Best in the conference? That's just delusional. They need to get over themselves.
hands down, not even a contest for me. Red Grange was 80 freaking years ago people. Grandkids of people who died and never saw the game still remind me of what Red did against Michigan as if it was the greatest thing ever to not happen in their lives.
On top of that their fans are stuck up Chicago suburb pricks and were just rude to me and my friend who joined another to visit his girlfriend at IU.
They have little history in football and think UM is a big rivalry game.
....and there's 4 different ways they say Illinois.....Ellinoise, Ellinoy, Illinoise and Illinoy
As a native Illinoisan (not nearly as cool of a demonym as Michigander, fwiw), I couldn't agree with you more. UIUC's student body is made up of a bunch of white kids from Oak Park and Naperville that think that the Michigan vs. Illinois game is the biggest rivalry of the year.
Can't stand it.
I agree on the Illinois pick, maybe also Iowa, but take it easy on the suburban Chicago rant. I'm from the NW burbs and have been a life long UM fan. I agree that Illinois fans don't know shit about football, but I hardly think it translates to where they grew up.
Yep, being a Central/South-Western burber, I agree. Illinois fans don't know shit about football because they went to Illinois, not because they are from Illinois. Otherwise, you're discounting a state that sends an ass-ton of people to Michigan every year
Penn State. They win one game and their fans all of the sudden forget about the previous 9.
PSU...the fanbase alone makes me hate their guts. Some of the most classless, obnoxious people you'll ever meet outside of Colombus.
I think they are the most arrogant Big Ten fans. I was in the student section for the 2005 (Manningham woo!) game against PSU and was surrounded by a bunch of Penn State fans/students that kept trying to start the WE ARE...PENN STATE! chant (I also put some blame on the UM students that sold their tickets to the PSU fans). But they were, by the far, the cockiest group of opposing fans outside of Columbus and talked crap the entire game...which made the final second of that game so great.
I remember that game well. That horde of PSU students basically dematerialized as soon as Manningham caught the game winner. I'm pretty sure their dash for the exits would have given Usain Bolt a run for his money.
Alternate chant used to be "We are 0-8"
after last year "We are 1-8"
I've always preferred "We own Penn State." Might as well just be snarky and up-front about that.
the fact that we've dominated them so much over the past decade kind of makes them less of an annoyance in my mind compared to some other teams.
Are you basing this on PSU's internet fanbase? In person, I've found PSU fans to be a polite, respectful group - one of the best rival fanbases in the conference. (The worst, other than OSU, is probably Illinois.)
Minne$ota. No doubt. The LOLpher fans have this smug look about them for winning the jug once. Unlike Wisconsin, they keep having this positive outlook, build up press about a great white WR (Wheelwright/Decker), but always fail at every opportunity. At least UW had at least one or two good seasons.
The arrogance mixed with vitriol and malice is a stench that is too much to take sometimes. I don't understand how anyone can look upon this and not feel a little hatred burning inside:
Remember the Jug. Never forget. Never forgive.
the incessant whining about officiating, especially the 2 seconds in 2005, makes PSU the team in the Big Ten I most enjoy beating (after the obvious).
Then, in order:
Minny (the jug)
Wisconsin (Ike whats-his-name)
Iowa (just because)
Northwestern (smug ankle-biters)
Illinois (1983, grrrr)
Purdue (Dierking in '76)
Indiana ('87 still stings)
Remember their "Bo doesn't know diddly" comments?
We soundly spanked them that game. Their new coach
didn't help in 2006 either.
Probably Wisconsin. I just never really cared for Wisconsin much and then they started doing that stupid "Jump Around" thing and ESPN announcers managed to gush "one of the great traditions of college football" and - pleh. One of the really, really stupid traditions of college football. Off the top of my head I can't think of anything dumber.
Other than that nobody really bothers me too much.
Ohio state: their fans are obnoxious douche bags and their players are thugs. I hate everything about ohio state!
Michigan state: they win one game in 7 years and they thought they were the dominant team in the state the entire off season. I laughed as they lost to cmu, and all they could come up in return was "Yeah but, at least we didn't lose to appalachain state" And i said back "But we did beat msu in east lansing the same year we lost to app state, so msu must suck worse than app state! Then they kinda shut up. But this past week as they fell to 1-2 to notre dame, they finally shut the fuck up.
I think those two pretty clearly fall under the heading "besides the obvious."
i dont really hate any besides the obvious. the penn state fans i've met were pretty nice, but i've never met an illinois fan.
I don't care if it is obvious or not. I fricking hate Ohio State with fricking passion. Why? Normally patriotic and normal humans somehow become assholes when affiliated with Ohio State.
That's tough. Other than Northwestern and maybe Indiana I really dislike most teams in the Big Ten. The one that sticks out most would probably be Illinois, I really just hate them mainly because of their fans. I've never met an Illinois fan that wasn't an arrogant ass who thinks that beating Michigan is the best thing that's ever happened. I really don't like Wisconsin either, and Penn State is moving up on the list from a strong dislike to a light hating.
I hope they all lose every game. Yes, I know, a mathematical impossibility, barring double forfeits.
I do not root for them in Bowl Games.
I do not root for them in the NCAA tourneys.
Screw them all.
I could never stand Joe Tiller, and subsequently have never been able to stand Purdue. He whined and bitched about everything, from refs not calling our guys for pass interference to that snake oil bs even more recently.
Sparty's really only annoying once a decade, otherwise it'd be them.
Contrary to what other posters have said, I've never had a problem with Penn State or their fans. I've never seen them play dirty or show a lack of sportsmanship, and in talking their fans have always been very reasonable (obviously they don't like us much 'cause we beat them every year, but they were still respectful).
Though, I've never been to a game at State College and I've heard the fans are much more rowdy there.
Up here in Grand Rapids, little brother dads walk around in their spartan golf shirts touting their basketball Izzo-isms, meanwhile their football team is a perpetual mid-level disappointment.
They would rather 'hit the links' during the Michigan/little brother game and (gloat if they win/hide if they lose) than invest the time actually seeing the game. Just because MSU is the only game your orange-faced, swollen headed alcoholic daughter can get into doesn't make you a fan. To us, it's just another game.
Probably really depends on where you are from.
Being from Illinois, the non-fighting Illini fans of the politically correct tribe formerly know as the Illini and their respectful non-stereotyped mascot of Illiniwek just piss me off.
You're a joke Illinois and you only get attention because you have one big circular rotation between alums, students, and young fans between the suburbs and Chambana.
WTF. All of them.
i simply dont care for the teams in the big ten.
if i had to choose it would be illinois or northwestern.
i hate losing to chicago teams in all sports.
for me to get up much "can't stand" for those who aren't obvious as these require, take, and obviously deserve a lot of my venom and spite. Just plain tired after all that, but put a gun to my head and I'd guess I'd have to say Wisky for Beliema's horses' ass-ness (somewhat mitigated by my general liking of B. Alvarez). The fighting JoePas probably right behind them because of the fan base (though the couple Penn St. fans I know well are okay customers).
I hate their attitude, their annoying cheers, their basketball team, and their drum. I rather dislike Illinois too.
I have to say about Penn State - anecdotally, in the four years I went to UVA, their fans were better travelers than any I saw in those four years except possibly South Carolina. No ACC team we played invaded our stadium quite like Penn State did. They overflowed the visitors section, and so there was a huge collection of them in the corner of the grass next to the student section. Couldn't tell if they were being obnoxious because I wasn't close enough, but they sure were loud.
The happy ending to the story is that all of us in the student section turned and waved them bye-bye as they did the slow, mournful, single file walk of shame up the hill, having just seen their bowl hopes ruined with their sixth loss in an eleven-game season. So you see, we're very friendly hosts.
Of the nonobvious ones, Northwestern. Y'all ain't smart.
to understand that the UM is not a rivalry game. Which makes NU fans unique in the Big Ten.
I have little things I dislike about a lot of them.
Sconnie, because Bret Bielema (Side note: did Bielema and Mike McCarthy make some kind of secret Wisconsin football coaches pact about not wearing anything on the sidelines that isn't a windbreaker zipped as high as it will go? Because McCarthy wore one at Lambeau last week when it was in the 80s). Also because I grew up there, and because I'm not really a fan of some of their fans, even if most of the people I know from HS went there.
Purdue, because of the stupid train whistle they play.
Penn State, because of the stupid Nittany lion roar they play.
It's a superstition for Bielema. No matter the weather, he wears an extra-long windbreaker. (It's extra-long to differentiate him from the other coaches. Why he doesn't just wear a different color, I don't know.) He thinks it brings good luck. The weird thing is that it's not one particular jacket that he considers lucky, just any extra-long windbreaker. He's changed jackets over the course of this "streak."