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Who is your 2nd favorite College Team?
i never comment on negs, and I don't think my OP deserves an up vote either, but who would neg this OP? What possible objection is there?
People have a bizarre tendency to neg any post they disagree with. I don't get it: what's the point of a messageboard if you want ever opinion you disagree with blocked and removed. Go sit in a corner and talk to yourself if you're so opposed to dissenting thought.
Arizona State. My dad went there, and I remember as a kid how excited he was/we were when they made it to the Rose Bowl and lost that epic game to TSIO. Still wish they'd finished off that National Championship for my pops.
Arizona State is also my choice. I'm an alum and have had season tickets for the last 6 years. We should be pretty good this year. Vontaze Burfict is an absolute beast.
Yeah, I could see you guys winning your division easily. Burfict is ridiculous.
I have to say though, I love the school and I love my devils but It's hard to get into. Everyone here is from somewhere else and has another team (mine is Michigan). Games just don't sell out and the tailgating isn't all that great. for the most part, people from the west just don't get into football like us midwesterners.
They have restrictions that only allow on site tailgating to start a few hours before the game which really slows things down.
Central Michigan is my 2nd team. Michigan and CMU are the only two teams that I need to see win on Saturdays.
Same here for me as my name and pic would suggest. Actually kind of a 1a) 1b) type of thing i've got going
I have little affiliation with the school, other than my girlfriend went there, but for some reason I grew fond of them on the Saturdays I would spend there when Michigan wasn't at home. I think it started out as a way to annoy the Spartan fans that seemed to crawl all over that campus. I remember tailgating for Mich-ND and watching CMU knock in that field goal for the win over Sparty--that was classic. Also Central-Western weekend was always a blast.
Joe has been coaching there since 1950, free.
It's a three way tie between the teams playing MSU, OSU & Notre Dame that week. I root equally hard for all of them.
I always enjoy seeing Northwestern win, except against Michigan of course.
I'm also something of a NU fan. I've spent a lot of time on their campus over the years on account of a summer camp I attended in HS & worked at in college. It's a lovely place over there, and of course a quality school. I always root for the Wildcats when they aren't playing our boys in blue.
Yep, that'd be the one. Many good times there over the years. Have you been involved with it?
1) Michigan Football
2a) Michigan Hockey
2b) Michigan Basketball
But if you're going to make me pick another college, than Florida State. Love the Garnet and Gold. Fear the Spear!!
Easy: Slippery Rock
(God, I feel old)
Delaware state. After that, Slippery Rock.
Northern Illinois University. Mom and dad graduated from there, brother goes there and I took CPA classes there which helped me pass. Hoping to be back in Detroit again for the MAC championship this year
and whoever's playing a team ranked higher than Michigan.
Michigan is not the Detroit Lions....
Arizona State (born in Tempe) and Tulane (because I went there)
Arkansas. Parents have a winter home there and 2 of my best friends are from there. It's also a great team to root for on Saturday because they get a chance to humble Bama, Auburn, Ole Miss, and LSU.
I tend to like Penn state, boise state, and slippery rock!
Never could stand those tossers from Cambridge
my first choice is either Oxford, or the Sorbonne.
If someone put a gun to my head and said I had to root for a 2nd team, I guess it would be Penn State. They have classic uniforms and play some good defense and they are not in the SEC.
2. Missouri - I was born about 60 miles west of Columbia, MO
3. Navy - My Grandpa was in the Navy, My Dad was a Marine, My Brother is in the Navy, and I'm going into the Marines after I get my Bachelors
4. Florida St. - I have a lot of family in or around Tallahasse (sp?)
5. UCLA - I dunno why... probably because I hate USC almost as much as OSU
Grew up in Missouri.
And good luck.
My wife is also a Purdue grad.
Boiler up! I'll be a sophomore there this coming semester. Boy do I hate Danny Hope though...
Academics, beautiful campus, Palo Alto, and "Fear the Tree".
Don't forget about the the one, the only, the truly incomparable Leland Stanford, Junior University Marching Band!
Probably Boston College. Some family went there and a few good buddies went there as well. They have a decent team in a good private school and they don't really conflict with us ever...
I cheered for Miami (yes, The U) for a few years while in high school (most of all when they played Ohio State for the Championship) but that is no longer the case.
EDIT: I'll be rooting for RR's next team as well.
She loved it and I was very impressed. Definitely on the list (after Michigan). Brown tomorrow then maybe Dartmouth.
Great list of schools. I have a friend that went to Brown and she seemed to have a good experience. BC has a very nice campus and Boston is a great college city, though. Most of my friends went to school in Boston and really enjoyed it. Needless to say I loved Michigan when I went there (Class of 07') and would never change my choice given the opportunity. Best of luck to your daughter. The process is not easy but it is pretty exciting...
Anyone who is playing Ohio State.
- Boise St. (although I hate the blue field)
- Whichever school RR goes to next
- Whichever school Mike Leach goes to next
- I've really enjoyed watching Kansas St. over the past couple years
Really man? So you like everyone?
It has to be Western Michigan. I'll never forget seeing a guy holding up a sign at my first CMU game that said, "Dip the Chips."
My dad is a Bronco and I'm a Wolverine. However, we will not be conflicted come Sep. 3.
Never seen a "Dip the Chips" sign, but I've seen "Shock the Chips" written on a foam hand shaped like a shocker.
As my username would suggest. UM alum, current Tech grad student. Ann Arbor >>>> Lubbock, TX, in case anyone needed confirmation (I hope you didn't).
One of my best friends is a tech fan/alum... His family is such big tech fans that I felt compelled to end my best man's speech for his wedding with a guns up!
Not gunna be popular with what Golden did last year, but, the U.
For football: Miami. My cousin is die-hard Hurricane fan and it rubbed off on me when I was little. I have always wanted a Michigan and Miami championship game, but of course I'd pull for Michigan. I'm also a traditionalist and like the powerhouses (not named Ohio, Notre Dame, and Texas).
For basketball: North Carolina (started with a hatred of Duke)
I'd have to say Northwestern. I don't really know why, but I've always been fond of them. Probably because I like rooting for the underdog and well, they're almost always the underdog. The fact that I'm playing as their coach in Dynasty mode of NCAA '12 probably helps. Can't wait to go there for the night game this year.
Seconded. I hated NW in the mid 90's when they went from doormat to B10 champs, esp. beating Michigan.
However after that '00 game, the year when they took the spread option to the B10, I kind of liked them. I remember the announcer (think it was Gary Danielson) saying "at some point you have to credit the scheme" about their offense. (Surprising now 'cause apparently GD doesn't like the spread).
I was amazed and distraught by the 54 points NW put up because Michigan's defense had held MSU and Indiana to 0 points the previous two weeks.
I've heard good things about Coach Fitzgerald too, seems like he is maximizing the talent there and doing things the right way, too.
I'll be there, I'm going to visit with a friend to help make up my mind for college, right now I'm split between Northwestern, Vandy, Michigan and UNC.
HUSKERS! Gotta rep the home state.
I got negged for saying my 2nd favorite team was Nebraska..
bay area native and UM grad who never could root for Cal despite all the "public school ivy" comparisons, throw in harbaugh and the fact they win (recently anyway) with academic restrictions and andrew luck means I'm hauling the fam to a few games at the farm this year
I applied to.....
I'll take USF because they are my "local" team now, but I keep up on all things Florida.
It all makes sense now....you ARE Rich Rodriguez! How is Florida going Rich?
I also follow USF. Grew up 5 minutes from campus though now I go to Michigan.
Northern Michigan U Wildcats
GVSU and Oregon. GVSU because I go there, and Oregon because they're so fun to watch. Even when Dixon & Co. torched the Big House in 2007, I still to this day marvel/shudder at the playcalling of the Ducks that day. Statue of liberty to set up a fake statue of liberty? Crazy.
For the same reason: they are just a blast to watch. And a good friend went to law school there so I can BS with him about their games. But there was absolutely nothing about that 2007 game that I enjoyed or can even recall without crashing into extreme despair.
Texas because I go to grad school there now. But loyalty is forever to Michigan and loyalty has gotten more extreme the farther I move away from Ann Arbor.
Same thing! I went to Michigan for undergrad and now I'm getting my PhD at UT Austin.
Do you know about the Austin chapter of the Michigan Alumni Club? We meet at Pluckers in South Austin to watch the games.
Longhorns really loved to talk trash about Michigan when I was down there. But they still are pretty easy to root for.
Any school that Rich Rod ends up coaching next.
Pretty much what I was going to say.
I love what Joe Pa represents!
I don't have a second, it's more of a 1A and 1B. I played 2 sports at Albion, and obviously it's not as easy to see their games. I've been known to have Michigan on TV and Albion streaming on the computer. Luckily, I doubt these two schools will play each other ever again.
Whoever plays Notre Dame, Ohio and little brother
Although sometimes I will like a team here or there in a season.
I've always loved the history. I'd also have to mention GVSU and Central/Western weekend. FUN. All my friends went to one of those. My second greatest rivalry is Williams/Amherst.
I can almost always find a reason to hate a program.
I recently came to the conclusion that I don't hate the Texas Longhorns, but I reserve the right to change this based on how the Longhorn Network plays out.
Lived in Seattle for quite a while and got into rooting for the Huskies... just wish they were better. Some pretty poor Apple Cups in the last few years.
My brother lives in Portland so I guess I route for them out of default. Georgetown would be my second choice but since they are really a DIII team playing I-AA I can never see them play any more since I moved from DC.
The Butler Bulldawgs, I fear/hope for the day when I might see a Butler v. Michigan national title game in basketball.
My mom went to BC before transferring to Michigan so BC.
Stanford just because it's a great school.
I think I have my answer, but who do you root for in the Army-Navy game?
The recent Navy-ND games have been some of my favorite games ever, go Navy! (beat Army!)
South Carolina alum, Michigan wasn't an option back then. Maybe for my MBA. Still would take Michigan over the Gamecocks on any Saturday.
Memphis, I grew up a die-hard Memphis basketball fan and still am to an extent (Calipari's shenanigans aside). I've also taken an interest in Georgia football since I moved to Atlanta.
The yellow jackets are right in town though! GT is my second favorite
My secondary loyalty switches every couple of years based on where I live and who is good. I really loved to watch Texas and USC play in the mid-aughts. Today, I actually love to watch Alabama play. They're just so perfect is every aspect of the game on Saturdays. Saban may be evil, but he can coach him some futbaw.
I can't root for anyone except Michigan. If Michigan happens to lose, I seriously don't watch any games the rest of the day. I even have trouble watching NFL games on Sunday I'm so disappointed. That may be because I'm a Browns fan too though, and I know there isn't too much hope to begin with.
Im a dual season ticket holder. Browns n Michigan. Sept 10/11 is going to be crazy...first nite gme at big house and the browns home opener the next day!
/Napleon Dynamite voice
Born/raised Clevelander. Joined the AF now I live in BFE Texas.
My twin brother and one of my best friends went there, I grew up in Maryland, and it didn't hurt that they won the NCAA tournament when I was in high school. I still have trouble when UMD and UM play in baskeball (but at least there I get a nice bet going with my brother). My family were all UM fans growing up in Baltimore, but it was hard not to root a little for the local team.
The Comcast Center and Byrd Stadium are still great plays to see a game, especially an ACC game at Comcast.
Spent most summers growing up down there. Still have few properties that my family rents out there too. Gulf side, south of Tampa.
And Texas. I always liked their colors and logo.
Should be UCLA because I went there for grad school, but I hate the fact tat they play their games so far from their campus. Probably Northwestren, which my old man got his degree from, and who's coach I respect (and, unlike JoePa, who has received some mentions here, is certifiably alive). Doesn't mean I don't root for Michigan to crush them whe they play.
Also, in the spirit of buying local, EMU.
Would you play in the Rose Bowl seven times a year if you had the option? Especially if you weren't going to the game itself in the near future?
Nothing against the stadium. Just that it takes two hours to get there, and -- I think as a consequence -- the student section is beyond lame. In contrast, Pauley Pavillion is practically at the campus's epicenter, and has a great atmosphere (at least for sports on the west coast). In fact, the football team practices right in the middle of campus (or at least they used to) -- it's just that games are non-events.
ftr: while I was enrolled, they were undefeated against USC.
I would say Texas. Only because Austin is a really cool place like AA and A&M is more akin to Sparty.
I'd have to say
1. Michigan - because I grew up there and can't remember rooting for any other team and litstening to Bob Ufer call the games on the radio during the 70's. I am also about to send my daughter there for Mech Eng.
2. Virginia Tech - becouse I received my masters degree from there and I like the workman's attitude of the coaches and players.
3. Michigan Tech - because I received my bachelors degree from there. They don't have a scholarship football team and their hockey team has sucked since John McGinnis died after my freshman year.
I second the Tech vote. After being accepted to UM, I didn't apply to any other schools (UM or bust!). But Tech was a sure #2 choice for me if I would've received the rejection notice from UM Admissions.
Houghton is a charming "city". Tech is a top-notch school. Their men's and women's hoops teams do very well on the DII circuit. Any Yooper should be proud of that school.
Grew up in Springfield, Ohio, my dad has been a professor there for almost 30 years and they're Division III so no conflicts. All time leader in Division III wins I believe.
If we are talking football and basketball. I married into a West Virginia and VT family. December 07 made things complicated but I find myself pulling for them.
Oregon State. They are my local team. Also, when you cheer for the winningest program in history, it's nice to identify with "middle of the pack" schools for a different perspective
As far as watching on TV, I enjoy watching gaTech and the triple option. Don't care anything for the school, but I think they are fun to watch.
I'm currently a grad student at Oregon State, after graduating from Michigan in '09.
Are you still living in the area? I am always on the lookout for fellow Wolverines out here in the wonderful Pacific NW!
Yep. Typing on MGoBlog right now from Albany.
My friend's grandfather coached the Beavers' baseball team for 40-some years (Coleman) and they have amazing seats for the games. Sat 10 feet behind Cheating Petey when OSU upset USC 4-5 years ago. Most exciting college football game I've ever been to (hard to admit that).
Oregon State is one of mine as well, b/c I went to grad school there and I love the state.
I also root for Arizona (another grad school), esp. in basketball. I still enjoy remembering that Miles Simon/Mike Bibby team that beat Kentucky in the NC...
Best friend goes to Tech and I love the pep band. Plus, I only have to retract my favor for them once per year when we play them in the GLI and every once in a great while for an exhibition in basketball.
my #2 favourite team is whoever is playing against O$U, ND or MSU.
On this board, we don't O$U. Ever.
They are the Michigan of the east coast.
I'm an Air Force Academy grad, so Air Force is my favorite team. Michigan is grad school so it's a close second.
Been to many AFA games. Great place to watch a game on a Saturday afternoon. My dad travelled with the team in the late 90's and caught the winning fg to beat ND and brought it home to Fisher and the guys. I also was at that Thursday night game in the same era against CSU in like 3 feet of snow with the final score in the 40s. Great memories of the parade, tailgating, and the flybys of the jets and falcons!
Western Illinois University, that is where I went for my undergrad. It has the claim of fame for being the #1 seller of keystone as well as making Lettermen's top 10 party streets.
After living in East Lansing for the past 4 years, I would have to say my second favorite college team is any team playing against little brother.
Couple 'o odd ones for me:
* TCU: When the old Southwest Conference was still intact, I was working in an office in DFW where every school but TCU was represented. So, I adopted them as my team for the football and basketball seasons. This was before LT and their return to prominence.
* Idaho State: I have a cousin who lives out there and I've always enjoyed my visits to the area.
Vanderbilt? But next year whoever RR coaches.
Vandy is a good choice, for being the most un-SEC-like team in the conference. (Though Florida gets some props on the integrity front as well).
Either FSU or PITT. I have always liked both of them for some reason.
this long to find a Pitt answer and yours was the only one. Depressing.
I'm a Pitt guy too. Mom, Dad, Uncle, other Uncle, and Grandpa all went to Pitt. My family is all from PGH, obviously. I'm the only Buckeye.
My story is exactly opposite of yours. Whole family at Michigan and I was the one to head out east.
Also, it must make for some odd rooting interests in a lot of the new staff there from your perspective. Being a Pitt/ OSU fan it must be odd rooting for coaches from WVU and M.
The Iowa Hawkeyes.
I grew up in and went to high school in Iowa and saw several friends/people I played against go on to play for them. Not only that, but they are a team that is successful simply by being extremely fundamentally sound and running simple systems/schemes. They never out-recruit anyone, but manage to win nonetheless. The blue collar work ethic is respectable, as well as their coaching. Kirk Ferrantz is a good man. The only problem is the amount of off the field problems the team has had; this may be a result of basically nothing to do in Iowa City (which I go to to party) other than drinking.
California - a ton of my friends went there, been playing USC tough, good academic school, nice colors
Stanford - fiance goes there, we live here now, good academic school
Other than Michigan, I guess my favorite team is whoever is playing tsio.
University of Hawaii - How can you beat Honolulu for a trip to a game?? I actually have work on Maui a lot so it is fun to watch those guys play, and their tailgates, er Pig Roats and coconut bras.... not too shabby.
I'm a 2005 Western Michigan grad. They had a losing season every year that I was there. But still gotta cheer for them when they are not playing UM.
Also a 2011 Johns Hopkins grad, though they are D3, still fun to watch. They were 8-3 last year and 20th in the preseason poll. Never have to worry about cheering against them versus UM.
Fiancé is a Virginia grad. So I pretend to be a fan.
Army gives me a pay check. But I secretly cheer for Navy.
..having graduated and went to Miami and its Bo's starting ground, my biggest supporter outside of UofM.
Answering the headline, the University of Vermont. I grew up watching John LeClair, Martin St. Louis, Tim Thomas, (slightly more recently) Torrey Mitchell, and Patrick Sharp play hockey. Until very recently, there were t-shirts around these parts that accurately stated the football team'd undefeated status since 1976. Unfortunately they have since brought back a club football team that's pretty bad, so that distinction no longer holds.
As far as a school that actually has a football team, I don't really have anything against sparty since half my family went there (I still love to razz them), but I'm going to have to go with pretty much anybody who is playing USC*. While I was in the MMB, I never encountered a more rude, awful and disgusting group of people than the USC fans.
*I hate to admit it, but I've actually seen enough evidence to indicate that OSU fans can be classy... At the national championship game in New Orleans (was living there at the time), LSU fans actually made them look like ... well... saints, by comparison. However aside from those lining up against USC, anybody playing OSU is next on my list.
Iowa alum so the Hawks would be it if I had to choose.
Because I'll be attending EMU for the next two years...
I think it's safe to say that Michigan is above and beyond my favorite team in college sports. Hopefully I'll be able to transfer there in 2 years
Rich Rod decides to coach next. Flat out.
Western Michigan. I was briefly recruited to play there, but their interest was essentially me most likely just being a preferred walk on who would never see time past the practice field. Even though that didn't pan out, I ended up going to school there anyways at the same time Greg Jennings and Tony Scheffler played, so it was actually exciting watching those guys who had no business playing lowly MAC competition. I will still cheer for them every time they somehow wind up on tv (except against U of M of course).
And for the small extremist sect of people here who will come out of the woodwork to say I can't be a true U of M fan because I didn't go there; Not only is that ridiculous, but I was born and raised in A2 to alumni parents and even worked for the University for 3 years, so shut it.
Alabama. As an Alabamian by birth the Tide is my "other" team. I'm not sure why but Auburn never had much appeal. Maybe it's the big brother - little brother thing. I'll have a low grade conflict at the first game of 2012, but will be pulling for the Maize and Blue all the way. Go Blue!
I used to hate the Terps (moved to DC from Chicago when I was kid) but my girlfriend went there, my best friend went there, and I attended several of their games in my year after college when I bummed around and tailgated with my girlfriend and our friends who were still there.
So, now, I root for them in like a half-hearted way.
Basketball, I do have a 2nd favorite team. North Carolina. Because of MJ. And those Baby Blue unis.
Went to Michigan for grad and undergrad, but then got my MBA at Xavier. It's always fun to root for the Musketeer basketball team in the A10 (also helps that they generally make the dance every season).
South Carolina. Wife is an alum and her family still lives in Columbia.
Linfield Wildcats - Rocking the NCAA Division III
Oakland University. Undefeated since 1957.
FBS: Georgia. FCS: Delaware.
Favorite Directional School: Eastern.
Honorable Mention: Ohio Wesleyan University. Their mascot has been the "Battling Bishops" since the days of Fielding Yost, and I went there for summer camps and stuff when I was a kid.
Gotta love a D3 school with a Heisman winner and that happens to be Michigan's former biggest rival.
I go to both UNC and NC State games since I live in RTP. GF is a grad from UNC and getting her Phd. at NC State. My MS is from Temple so, yes I like the Owls, which is pretty much like rooting for the Lions (3 bowl games in their storied history).
Because I am from Michigan and have friends that went to every state school I will pull for pretty much every other in-state team. Formerly, I wanted State to be competitive but can't stand the program with Dantonio at the helm. I will also root for B1G teams wherever they play, especially bowl games. This B1G rooting is more prevalent now because of the disrespect we get in the South.
Edit: Armed forces teams always get my appreciation as well.
Air Force since i was recruited back in 1998.
'the Chippewas of CMU! I was fortunate to go to school there during the "glory days" with Dan LeFevor and several solid NFL players... I went to a lot of fun games (the bowl games, MSU, Central-Western, BC, Ball St, etc) and went to even more really fun tailgates...
Fire Up Chips!!!
My 3rd favorite is probably Northwestern because they are a B1G team and they just have so much against them to actually be an elite team in college or even the B1G (top teir academics, small school, small fanbase, mediocre recruits, purple jerseys, etc)--But, they have a great character coach and smart, hard-working players that give it their all each game.
I was there during the Lefevor years, some good drunk times at Kelly-Shorts.
mgoshoe - where are you? Go Navy!
I have been to the following campuses: Stanford, Cal, San Fran U, App St, Duke, NC, Kentucky, BC, Mi St, CMU, WMU, EMU, SVSU, OU, LSSU, MI Tech, Grand Valley, ND, NWU, UofChicago, Marquette, San Jose St, Wake Forrest, Illinois, SLU, Washington U (STL), Tenn, Baylor, Memphis, University of Warsaw, Oxford, University of Tokyo.
I would have to say the best looking campus is Stanford. The most vocal campus is Cal (think Hash Bash 24/7/365). Coolist campus bar is App St. Best looking women is a tie: University of Warsaw and Duke.
2nd Favorite team: Slippery Rock
I lived there in the 90s when they couldn't lose, couple that with the fact I was 10 years old and you can only imagine how much of a Husker fan I was back then.
I later moved to Michigan and eventually attended UofM. It is remarkable the bond you can get for the school you attend. These days nothing compares to Michigan, but it has been interesting seeing Nebraska join the Big Ten.
I had no trouble cheering for Michigan last time they played. And while I wish them the best, I don't ever want them in the way of our championships...
I hate them so much though when we play them. Its a fun love hate relationship!!
Boise because I love the Smurf Turf and how a school with zero "tradition" has quickly established itself as a national force through great coaching and execution. And Navy, because I was an Naval Officer and love everything that the Middies (and the Black Knights and Falcons) stand for as students, players, and future leaders.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk...my brothers went to KU and completely warped my mind.
any team that is/has beaten msu, osu, or notre dame. i guess i have alot of second favorites.
born and raised in Marquette.
Born and raised in Texas, and UT will always be my second favorite
2. Slippery Rock
3. U Deleware
I've watched them all play live, and they are really fun to watch
Utah for me too. I have a degree from there, so Michigan and Utah are my 1a and 1b teams. It was realy tough for me when Michigan played Utah in the season opener during Rich Rod's first season. At the time, I was rooting for Michigan. In retrospect, I'm glad Utah won that one because it was the beginning of a special season that ended with a dominating performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to cap an undefeated season.
I graduated from UA and pull for them (ESP against MSU last year haha).
But do not be alarmed, there is no question as to where my allegiances will be in Dallas next year.
so I pull for Navy as my #2 team.
Was able to play some pickup games while on station and us Marines were always able to put asside our differences with the saliors on station for our own Navy vs. Army games. If it meant kicking their asses up and down the field, it was all worth it.
Undefeated since 1973 (school couldn't keep funding it, so now it's a club sport)
Kidding aside, ever since my uncle began law school at Florida I occasionally root for the Gators.
My alma matter is Colorado so I gotta go with the Buffs, one of the best football games I ever watched was when we were down 3 tds in the late 3rd against #3 Oklahoma and came back to win. Only time I got to rush the field as a college student.
Gotta go with the Buffs as well. Interesting tradition and I have family that is currently attending. I hope they get better fast!
<----- are 1A and 1B in whatever order floats your boat, so I guess second favorite is Navy, Texas, or Purdue, the latter two being family schools (along with GVSU), and Navy because I was in it.
If my grad school (UDM) ever puts a team on the field, then I guess the above get leapfrogged.
MICHIGAN first and foremost!!
Born on campus and went there.
Clemson....i went to a tech school in Greenville, S.C. and spent my teenage years there and then went to Clemson.
It's either wear a Clemson paw shirt or wear a hat that says, "Cocks" and i am not kidding. :/ So, growing up in S.C., was not hard to pick a school for me.
South Florida because i went there too.
Grew up across the street from OU's campus.
Wish they had football.
I was born and raised there for the first 12 years of my life. I actually rooted for Oklahoma State during Barry Sander's Heisman year though.
Virginia Tech. Family friends that went there.
I attended the Air Force Academy so I have to say they are my #2. I am looking forward to the game next year. I think it will be way closer than people think. Never underestimate a bunch of smart, disciplined, overachieving Cadets.
I would have loved to have gone to college at Michigan but they don't have an aviation program. My father and sister are both U of M grads and my dad had taken me to all the home games since I can ever remember. It's in the blood and will always be my #1.
A person comes on here and overrates a post by someone who has attended the Academy and served the country? There are some real class acts on here.
I usually keep an eye on UCLA, especially because I despise the Trojans. Them, TSIO, Notre Dame and Dick Cheney are in my axis of evil.
I'm an alum and proud of it.
Now on a national level after Michigan, I am a big Bama Fan..
My Grandpa instilled a healthy respect for Bear Bryant and and the Alabama tradition when I was a kid. He understands, but has never been happy that Michigan will always be my number 1..
I moved out to Oregon from Michigan about 4 years ago. My wife is an Oregon alumn, although her favorite team is now Michigan. We have season tickets to the Ducks and take our motor home down for the games. The atmosphere at Autzen is fantastic. And the added bonus is the extremely hot, and slightly dirty cheerleaders.
Clemson. Good school on a beautiful campus.
This thread pulled at my hart strings, I sometimes forget and need to be reminded of the long list of schools that are not Michigan.
GVSU. Represent the black and blue.
USC and Oregon. I love those Pac 12 schools.
I have teams from each conference/rivalry I like/will root for if it doesn't hurt Michigan.
Pac 12: USC/Washington
Big 12: Texas
Big East: WVU
I've always been a U of M fan because I am from Michigan and My dad got his masters degree there, but we moved to Tennessee about 13 years ago and I will soon start graduate school there. AND of course I was pulling for Michigan when we played them, but I will always root for UT unless they play Michigan again..
What grad school program? I'm starting my second year at UT. Let me know if you ever want to get together to watch UM games or carpool to Ann Arbor. You can email me at email@example.com
Im going to enroll in the Social Work Program, but I may do the DE program they have since I live about 45 minutes south of Nashville. It would be easier for me to drive to Nashville on Saturday's for class than driving to Knoxville.
I won't claim to be a true fan of any of these other teams, but here they are:
EMU--Wife is a graduate, and also recently I wish the best for Coach English, whatever the odds he faces
New Mexico--Have a family connection there, spent some time in Albuquerque, like the town and campus. I've been given some Lobos gear, which I wear occasionally, mostly b/c I think the logo is cool.
BONUS: 2nd favorite Big Ten team is Northwestern; probably the team I've found the most likeable anyway over the years, but especially now because a current member of their team just married my wife's cousin this summer. Really nice guy, and he thinks the world of coach Fitzgerald and all his coaches there.
I have a soft sopt for Georgia because I feel like their fanbase is similar to ours, especially in the Murphy's Law sort of way and I think Doug Gillett is one of the funniest writers blogging (well, I'm not sure if he still is, but still!) besides Brian and Orson.
Athens is a true college town and reminds me of a smaller and warmer Ann Arbor. Plus it has the 40 Watt which is epic win.
Was a huge Aikman fan as a kid and because they've always been, atleast for most of their history, the anti-USC. A school that doesn't recruit delinquints, holds itself to a higher educational standard, and hasn't been on NCAA probation more times then most USC grads can count. But with their ill-advised hire of that spineless worm slick Rick that fandom has soured alittle bit.
Sort of pull for Wake Forest. Shuts up the UNC and Duke fans when they win.
LSU is my go to number two in all NCAA football games. I like the diversity of their offense.
Purdue...one of my sons picked up a couple of degrees there before going to Michigan for a PhD.
When Purdue and Michigan play, I simply observe the game and don't cheer.
I like Cal. Solely based on colors. Similar to Michigan. Results similar too the past few years.
I guess just because they had some amazing defenses back in the late '60s when I started watching CFB. I pretty much have a team in each conference that I pull for.
Rough em up f*ck em up go CU
Well 2 is Slippery Rock!
When Comcast and BTN were having their great big dick-off, my friends and I tongue in cheekly took Comcast's cue and became Pac 10 fans. Everyone got to pick a school, but I argued with another guy over who gets Cal, since they're the most like Michigan. Eventually I ended up with Stanford. When Harbaugh was there it made it worthwhile.
I've had NCAA dynasties for Cal, Stanford, ND, LaTech, Florida, and West Virginia.
I'm a B1G homer except for MSU. All B1G teams can win every game but one. ND needs to win every game except M (and the non MSU B1G team).
Here's the kicker...I want OSU undefeated till the last week in November, I guess my Bo/Mo/Lloyd era mentality has never changed, Like the cold war I was fascinated by the Red Nemesis, Big 2 little eight and let "The Game" decide it.
Until recently I liked JT (until the shitshow started) and this style of football (so Manball), I know the spread fans are going to blow a gasket but I misses the slow strangulation of a team until the second half when superior depth takes hold and the opposing team gets despite and the D capitalizes and the opponents back breaks. I love it when the other team knows you're going to run and there is not a damn thing they can do about it (like Wisconsin did to M last year).
Its really hard for me to cheer for another team. But my wife is a die hard Kentucky Wildcat fan and she cheers for my Wolverines every Saturday and every bball game. So by default I have to be a UK fan second. But I have a two teams I cheer for past UK. In football its the Oregon Ducks. BBall it has to be the Syracuse Orange.
I will answer for all of us.
#2 is Slippery Rock
#3 is whatever school you like 3rd.
So, my #3 is Iowa. No affiliation or reason, I just always like when they win except against #1.
When I was a kid I liked Alabama b/c they had BAMA on their helmets which I thought was cool. Now I can't stand them b/c of Saban and some of their fans.
has been my second favorite going back to before they joined the B1G. I now live 10 miles from where UConn plays their games but I will never be a fan. I am hoping the scheduled 2013 game Michigan vs. UConn happens.
Living in the East it makes me crazy to see Boston College has trouble filling a 44,500 seat stadium and UConn cannot sellout a 40,000 seat facility. Another peeve is when East Coasters refer to Michigan as UMich.
As an OU grad, I try to root for them even though it's hard most of the time. I was excited when Solich was hired, especially after the first season. But a DUI and many trying seasons since have me wondering if he's the answer.
Next would be the Cincinnati Bearcats. I went to school there for a year and worked at the Shoe when Huggins was coaching and several of the players lived in my dorm. I was in the arena for Midnight Madness when Cory Clouse hit the half court shot for free tuition and Dicky V threw in the books (couldn't find the video, I guess it was too long ago).
Both these schools are way down on my list compared to Michigan though. I will always bleed Maize and Blue first and foremost.
I'd have to go with Cal. It's where I really wanted to go to school, but couldn't justify the cost to go there being from Michigan. It wasn't until I moved in my freshman year that I fell in love with both UM and Ann Arbor in general.
I went there for my Freshman and Sophomore years before transferring to Michigan to finish undergrad and go to grad school.
Texas is a lot like Michigan in football with a tremendous history and key rivals - OU is their OSU, A & M is their MSU, instead of Notre Dame, they have every other team in the state (Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU, SMU, etc) wanting to knock them off.
Bevo, the real Longhorn mascot is cool as it is not some silly guy in a suit.
And then the one area where they are far ahead of Michigan => cheerleaders and coeds......
That was by far the hardest part of transferring to Michigan
Having been born and raised in Georgia (in Stone Mountain, home of everyone's favorite 30 Rock page, Kenneth), which won the national championship during my formative years, I am also a Dawgs fan. Herschel Walker was the first football player I really took an interest in as a kid. He was the MAN. The college rushing record would probably have been his had he stayed in Athens all 4 years.
Being an immigrant family, we don't really have any other American college loyalties. My older sister also went to Michigan, and my parents went to school in Korea.
Notre Dame. I grew up on the North side of Chciago and when I told my neighbors I was going to Michigan for college, they really questioned why. When you're from where I'm from, if you get in to ND, you go to ND (even over most Ivy League schools). I watched ND play every Saturday growing up and one of my good friends was an All-American there.
After graduating from UM, my love for ND has decreased a ton, but I still root for them every Saturday (except Michigan week, of course).
I just realized my answer probably should have been Tennessee since I actually go to grad school there. Oops
School and football tradition much like Michigan in many ways.
Matt Ryan was (is) the man.
Texas A&M. Dont know why just like there colors and helmet I guess.
Grew up in Richmond VA and Va Tech was the first college team I ever liked back when Michael Vick was playing for them. Would've gone to VT if my family hadn't moved to MI when I was in high school. I'm glad we did though
My grandfather (a 1905 UM grad) was a physics prof at Mizzou for many years, and my dad grew up in Columbia. He naturally attended there, and eventually met my mom who was also attending Missouri. My older sister attended Mizzou as well. It's been great to see Gary Pinkel resurrect the program.
#2: Colorado - My family spent our summers in Colorado when I was a kid, and I started rooting for the Buffs (and Denver Broncos) way back then.
#3: Wisconsin - I sent much $$$$ to Madison for my daughter's tuition. Yep, she grew up in A2 and was accepted into UM, but chose to attend Wisconsin instead. Go figure...My uncle was also a prof there in the early '60s, and I rooted for the Badgers back then. I still wince at that great RB game between Wisconsin and Southern Cal in '62. Which leads me to...
#4: Any team that plays USC - I despise USC more than any other program in the country. Even more than OSU, MSU, or ND.
There is no other team
I'd have to go with Penn State. Joe Pa is a legend and it's my home state. Not too much to hate about that program. However, I do love when Michigan kicks the shit out of them so I can shit on all of my brutally annoying PSU fan friends.
Growing up, I was always the biggest Michigan fan. My grandpa graduated from Mich, so he was a big Mich fan and that 'fandom' was passed down to my Dad and my Uncle, and finally to myself and my brother. As a kid, I would literally cry when Michigan would lose a football game.
I kind of always figured that I would have to become a fan of some other college in my life, either when I went to another school for undergrad or grad school, at least in some capacity. However, after graduating from Mich with a Bachelors, Masters, and soon a Ph.D., and marrying a Michigan alum, I now know that I will never be anything but a Michigan fan...and I am more than OK with that!
Went to see them play back when Poppa Manning (Archie) was their QB in 1969 and then got to see them again with his son Eli there. Of course, when they played Michigan and lost 35-3 against Grbac and Company I was happy too!
I believe they are facing off against Ohio St on August 12th. I'll be rooting for them quite hard.
I am married to a Texas alum and we lived in Austin for 7 years -- I tried really hard to support the Longhorns mostly to appease her, but I just couldn't do it. They had a boring schedule and it just wasn't the same. So I finally gave up.
Now it is just Michigan for me.
Though I also support the service academies in a more abstract sort of way -- rarely enough to actually watch their games, though Navy has been fun to watch recently (especially when playing Notre Dame).
We had season tickets for three years to please the wifey. After this last season it's just Michigan for me. I hate the SEC.
Being a native Texan (born in the Big D) and following U-T for a long time, I've always liked them. Maybe it's their logo and colors that are kind of neat (although nothing compared to the Maize and Blue). Austin is a really cool, dynamic city like Ann Arbor, and they have a pretty high-brow fan base for the most part. I really wish I could have gone to the Rose Bowl where we played them back in Jan. 2005.
Michigan. Nobody else matters
2. RR's new team
3. Slippery Rock
I think that sums up the 250-response thread
Over the last decade or so living in Ann Arbor, Michigan has easily grown into a solid second, and there's not really a third place. After Nebraska, Michigan is the only other team that I consistently follow and take a genuine interest in. (The quality of Brian's site makes this much easier.) A cynic might say it's Stockholm Syndrome, but I think it's genuine affection.
However, NU joining the B10 may change things - it's easy to root for Michigan when the result has no real impact on my favorite team's lot in life. Playing every year as division-mates may, uh, strain my affection.
that make rivalries better. No stupid antics, just respect, and wanting your team to win. After one more post somewhere on here, I'll upvote you, ha!
I don't have a second favorite NCAA team, but if I had to choose I would say Indiana. I grew up in Indy and IU fans are pretty cool, great campus, good hoops.
I graduated from Illinois, but I have no allegance to them at all. They have so much disdain and unwarranted hate towards Michigan it is not even funny. The campus was ugly, the women were ok, and the sports were awful.
Football - Florida State. They are just badass. Their uniforms are classic, their stadium is always full and is just a great atmosphere, they were in their prime just as I came to love college football, and they have like 6 noted rivalries. Awesome.
# 2 through #n! I don't care!
but I always seem to stop on LSU games when Michigan isn't on or it's halftime. I am no fan of their off-the-field football tactics, but I just get hooked when I watch.
Air Force, because obviously.
Did my undergrad at UM. It was my dream academic school, and I had grown up a lifelong UM athletics fan. Case closed.
I picked up grad degrees from two other D1 schools in good athletic conferences (NC St., UW-Madison), but I never could get myself to cheer for their teams. When other students were gearing up to attend football games at NC St., I was frantically searching for sports bars that were airing Michigan games (this was early-90's when it was still difficult to catch UM games). I find myself slightly warming to the cuddly Badgers, so I don't wish them ill will any longer when they are not playing UM. I begrudgingly admire their hoops and football programs. But I will never be able to cheer for their teams in the passionate, throw-shit-at-the-TV-when-something-goes-wrong, ectasy-laden-screaming-when-something-goes-right kind of way that I cheer for the Wolverines. That will never change.
And I don't check Wolfpack or Badger blogs like I'm a crack-addicted smokehound in the same way I visit this site.
#2 TAMU. They should have one of the best offenses in the country.
#3 I usually have certain teams (and much more often players) that I think will have huge years. But after that year I stop paying attention. Last year it was Oregon and their RBs. This year it's Jeffrey and Lattimore for SC. Arkansas is another team I'll be interested in watching-great offense if they can get decent QB play. ASU could be a dark horse Pac10 winner.
Now as a content Canadian old guy...
The U.S. Service Academy x3.
Play for Honour, Pride, Competition, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Atmosphere.
I grew up in Ann Arbor and went to college and law school at Michigan, so I have no real connection to any other school that would give rise to "second favorite" status. I guess I like Penn State because of JoePa and the fact that they're the only big time program that has never been in trouble with the NCAA. Since I moved to the Bay Area, I've paid a little bit of attention to Cal and Stanford (especially Cal, since most of my Bay Area friends went there and it's the school most similar to Michigan in overall stature), but I can't bring myself to care whether they win or lose. So I guess if I had to choose a second favorite school, it would be Penn State (but it's a pretty distant second).
There seems to be some of redundancy in this thread.
Like JoePa a ton. The mkst respect i could have for a coach. Their uniforms are classic and i like their logo. Only other team up there is Northwestern. Always give 110% and probably win more than they should. Just a classic underdog.
East Carolina Pirates
It's fun to root for pirates
for basketball: Michigan (sorry... my hoyas come first..)
for football: FSU, my sister went there.
...haven't seen a team run the ball like those squads. The rock...GEORGETOWN!
With degrees from both schools I tell most people that Illinois is a basketball school with a football problem and Michigan is a football school with a basketball problem.
Subject to change of course.
Saturday with my dad, so my 2nd fav team is Penn State girls volleyball team.
I'll be a student in a few weeks. Not a bad football school, as far as FCS goes. Excited to see some football, but I'll be watching the OSU game for sure this year.
I've been following UM football since 1975 and got two degrees from UM. But in my youth I did have an MSU phase when Magic Johnson and Kirk Gibson were there plus my oldest brother went to MSU. Admittedly, I'll root for Michigan State whenever they're not playing Michigan. Not so for Ohio State or Notre Dame.
But a hard question. I used to like Penn State and Nebraska, because they were brothers in arms in doing things the right way. Then the 90's happened...and PSU joined the B10 and got really whiney (but still do things the right way), and Nebraska sold their soul to stop losing in bowl games. Then '97, Alamo, joining the conference.... I mean, Hawaii? Who can't root for Island Girls and Rainbow Warriors? 8 months ago this would have been easy, I'd have said San Diego St. Not so much anymore. Maybe Temple and Louisville...but not that much. Temple can have a glorious offense and lose... Slippery Rock, sure...but do I ever really root? Texas would have everything you need...good academics, great football, cool uniforms, nice fans...if it wasn't in Texas. (No offense to a nice state...it's just their football entitlement is a bit much). All I know is I root for UCLA's cheerleaders. Way underrated.