The Real Hate Map: No, Ohio Doesn't Totally Hate Ohio State

By DJ Byrnes on August 7, 2014 at 2:42p

You may have seen that "hate map" floating around social media this week in which it's claimed Ohio State is the most hated college football team in the state of Ohio.

Here's the flawed image, for the record: 

Everybody hates Michigan.

(Yes, u/Funtubs is Funtubs of 11W fame.) 

Some might look at the above image and say, "Michigan being hated from coast to coast seems to lend a nature of legitimacy to this image." Sadly, they would be mistaken.

While it might be shocking to some, images on the internet are not always trustworthy. Allow Funtubs to elaborate on what went wrong:

I posted on /r/CFB with a poll and gave the results to someone else to make the map. I could see every individual answer and the time it was submitted and I noticed a TON of spam (~4000 out of 7000 votes). My original plan was to make 2 maps, one of the raw data and one without the spam, but the first one was posted without the second one being done due to bad communication. So here is the correct data after taking out all the spam:

dont get upset over nothing

This seems like a much better map, to be honest. Please note, however, it is not an official poll. Don't get upset over nothing.


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mrspray's picture

Seems far more reasonable to me...

In case you're curious, it's Mr. Spray

RoweTrain's picture

Maine hates Michigan, you're goddamn right.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

My first choice for short headline was "Maine's Head is Screwed On Right"

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jedkat's picture

All I gotta say is there must be a bunch of broke -ass UM alum stuck in Vegas after losing all their money betting on TTUN.

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James Mee's picture

This is the best explanation that I can come up with. Or maybe just a bunch of happy OSU alums. 

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robobuck's picture

unless they bet on our last two games last season. sorry to be debbie downer but I only got 4 hours of sleep last night

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BrutusBuckey3's picture

Look! I can see Mark May's house!

Hovenaut's picture

So does central/eastern Maryland (any Pitt/VT colors/images belong to western Maryland, where many a native Mountaineer have resettled).

I live in central Maryland.

This is true.

Buckeye419er's picture

So Texas hates Texas and California hates USC? This is a very weird poll. Maybe instead of doing your most hated team by state they should do the most hated "out of state" team by state. That would be a much more reasonable map.

There can be only one

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tussey's picture

All the A&M fans and Baylor fans combine hate for Texas; UCLA and Stanford fans combine hate for USC

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FitzBuck's picture

So the red river rivalry doesn't result in Texas hating Oklahoma?  Not even a little like a speck in the state of Texas?

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Fear The Elf's picture

Texas hate is probably divided between OK and Tamu.

CC's picture

It makes sense to me.

The state of Texas, is Houston, SMU, TAMU, TTech, etc  Who else would they hate?

California is Stanford, UCLA, Cal, so Hate On

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cronimi's picture

Likewise South Carolina hates USCe and North Carolina hates Chapel Hill. Also Florida, Kentucky, Arizona, Mississippi hate their flagship schools.

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cinserious's picture

So Texas hates Texas and California hates USC? This is a very weird poll. 

It seemed weird to me at first too but the way I see it, the map identifies the most dominant college football or college basketball team in each region. Thus the hatred by all the others in that region. A perfect example being Texas, North Carolina or Kentucky. 

On the other hand, you have clear rivalries that separate state lines like OSU/UM, or Oregon/Washington.

Basically the map represents who the big boys are in the NCAA world, be it football or basketball.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

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tussey's picture

I'm surprised that Massachusetts has Michigan as most hated.  They love Tom Brady out here and thus they like Michigan when forced to watch this unknown thing called college football.

BGSUBucksFan's picture

Fair to say there was either a Michigan or Ohio State spammer involved, depending on how you look at it.  What's up with Nevada, though??

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ManOfSky's picture

My uncle lives in Vegas, from Ohio and a huge Buckeye fan, and he says that there are Buckeye bars all over the place out there. Obviously this could be true for other teams as well, but I know that we are represented well in Nevada so it's not too surprising they hate TTUN.

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Phillips.449's picture

This is a stretch, but who cares.....Nevada is near Arizona.  We had a streak of going to and owning the Fiesta bowl for several years. 2009 still makes me angry, we gave them too much time! (I am not even mentioning Glendale in 2007 DAMNIT)

January 3, 2003* Ohio State 31 Miami 24 (2 OT)
January 2, 2004 Ohio State 35 Kansas State 28
January 1, 2005 Utah 35 Pittsburgh 7 Notes
January 2, 2006 Ohio State 34 Notre Dame 20
January 1, 2007 Boise State 43 Oklahoma 42 (OT)
January 2, 2008 West Virginia 48 Oklahoma 28
January 5, 2009 Texas 24 Ohio State 21

cinserious's picture

Arizona historically has a large number of Ohio transplants there. Maybe Nevada too! I do know from a friend who visited Denver that there are a boatload of OSU bars there. Buckeyes be errrwhere!

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BroJim's picture

I'm here for the colors. 

I season my simple food with hunger

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Earle's picture

This is an outrage!!  An outrage, I say!!

Oh, wait, it's not an official poll.  Never mind.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

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Crumb's picture

Who knew Kansas and Georgia hated us? Or that BYU was so hated in the west. Not surprised by how many states near and far hate that state up north. Although I guess Georgia hates us STILL cause of General Sherman.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Prickly_Pete's picture

I live in Salt Lake City and can attest to BYU being the most hated school out here.  I am a Utah State undergrad, so I have a special place in my heart to hate BYU.  The only time I would cheer for BYU is if they play *ichigan.  Incidentally, BYU "earned" their only National Title by beating a 6-5 *ichigan team in the 1984 Holiday bowl.  

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Crumb's picture

My brother is a BYU alum (although he is Buckeye first) so I hold my nose and root for them despite how Notre Dame-esq most of their fans are. Yeah I knew that about their title, when BYU fans bring up me being a Buckeye fan I like to remind them we're 3-0 against them.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

Prickly_Pete's picture

My sister went to byu. A lot of their fans are obnoxious but they are extremely polite at games. After getting cursed at and having beer cans thrown at me at Big Ten road games, going to road game at byu is a breeze.

Sightlygrain6's picture

Georgia probably hates us because we stole Kwon from them!

RK84's picture

Looks like Nevada is doing some good things out there. Keep up the good work!

TennBuck16's picture

I live in Tennessee and I get more hate for my ohio state gear than anything else. Everyone in Tennessee are huge Alabama bandwagoners. Pretty sure ohio state should be all over the south since the sec can't hate other teams in the conference. It's just not right. SEC loves SEC. Im sure it's written somewhere in the charter. Thou must not hate other SEC teams. 

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Crumb's picture

You tell those Tennesseans who are traitors and love Bama that they should leave. My Dad is from Tennessee so Rocky Top is next to Ohio State in my house and Vols (at least real Vols) hate Bama!!!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Geraffi's picture

Most hated teams are Michigan, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida. They're also the  most successful programs (historically). So with success comes hate. I'm ok with that. 

But how on Earth does Notre Dame not dominate that map?  I guess this illustrates that ND is no longer viewed as relevant, or that ND is no longer at the forefront of the minds of today's college football fan. It could also indicate they still have a large national following who hates _ichigan. 

Also of note, spam comes from Montana and North Dakota. 

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cronimi's picture

ND has a lot of hate, but it's more diffuse than that of a geographic rival. See Toad's comment below -- ND likely would dominate the #2 spot in many states. 

M Man's picture

For my circle of Michigan alumni, we all hate Notre Dame above all.  It isn't even close.  And given the MSU-ND rivalry, pretty much everybody in Michigan who isn't Irish and Catholic and a product of parochial schools and who has an uncle from Chicago who knew a guy who played for Notre Dame in 1946... they all hate Notre Dame.  But you know; I'm okay with everybody just forgetting about Notre Dame.  The Domers would be a lot more bugged by being "not hated."

And on that same note... Dammit I demand a recount in Wisconsin, Iowa and Pennsylvania.  I'd declare that Michigan was the most-hated team, with OSU a close second in all of those states.  They really, really hate us.  I wish I had some emprical measurement for it.

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FUqUespin's picture

This is funny. "...who has an uncle from Chicago who knew knew a guy who played for Notre Dame in 1946..."

Bucket List... Watch UM-nd game in bar in Ann Arbor where UM kicks nd's ass.  Watch MSU-nd game in East Lansing bar where MSU kicks nd's ass...

toad1204's picture

If you asked the football fans to compile a list of two of the most hated teams, #1 would be the rivalry, #2 would (fittingly) be ND.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Jason Gruber's picture

So Montana and North Dakota have no one to hate?

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DJ Byrnes's picture

My guesses would be Montana State and South Dakota State.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

cronimi's picture

More likely no people from those states in that particular subreddit who voted ... or maybe there was a minimum number of votes required, which wasn't met.

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OSUStu's picture

Also Vermont.  They are too busy making delicious maple syrup to hate.

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funtubs's picture

No one from Montana or North Dakota voted, this was just a r/CFB poll so there wasn't that large of a sample size

THEOSUfan's picture

I get the map except for one thing: Why hate UK football?

Geraffi's picture

Because it exists. 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

But does it, does it really?

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45OH4IO's picture

Who does Maryland hate? It's too small to tell. And what did Alabama do to New Jersey?

thatlillefty's picture

Maryland already hates Michigan. Smart folk.

toad1204's picture

Alabama and NJ probably hate each others accents or cant understand each others spoken words? 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

HandsOfSweed's picture

I think Maryland hates West Virginia.

brandonbauer87's picture

Who exactly, does Wisconsin hate?

buckifishr's picture

Looking like a particular shade of Scarlet.

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Jbuckham94's picture

Yes, I'm pretty sure that's an extension of the OSU logo.

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

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otrain2416's picture

Another one that should be corrected are Nebraska and Iowa. From all my friends from each of these states, Nebraska hates Iowa and Iowa hates Nebraska. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

All the Nebraskans I've come across hate Texas.

Really, Really, REALLY HATE Texas.

Most of them seem to think the sole reason they left the Big 12 was to get away from the Longhorns...and they're thrilled about it.

They also generally consider Iowa to be a joke similar to Colorado when the Buffs became their designated 'rival' in the Big 12.

Deano's picture


Historically Nebraska-Oklahoma was a top-tier CFB rivalry.  Much in the way that The Game decided the Big Ten, Nebraska-Oklahoma decided the Big 8 (at risk of being condescending, the predecessor to the Big 12).  

The addition of the 4 Texas teams to form the Big 12 ruined their rivalry (no longer played every year, not in the same division) and Texas became the big fish in the conference.

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SilverBullet-98's picture

This is dead on!

"The Past Builds the Future"

OSUpawn's picture

Good thing they didn't take the opinion of the BCS Computers!!

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

Hovenaut's picture

After this season you can update Arkansas with this:

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FUqUespin's picture

Bert is such a dick

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Proof that Kentucky hates football.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

Hey look, the most successful/largest rival is the most hated.  Color me surprised.  Granted, I can't explain Maine or Nevada.

Well, other than Michigan sucks.  I guess that makes that sense.

And apparently no people live in Montana or North Dakota and wildlife hasn't learned the internet yet.

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funtubs's picture

Wow I never thought this would be this big of a deal. In all honesty if I had known that it was I would've tried to reach out to other sites to get better data, but I guess it's too late for that

OSUBias's picture

Haterz Gon Hate

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Nutty's picture

So #BBN hates themselves? Someone pass this on to Harris.

doodah_man's picture

Would be the same teams that have the most championships and Heisman awards...suck it haters

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FROMTHE18's picture

Its Bleacher Report, they are a middle ground between ESPN and absolute bullshit… they do everything for lol's and page clicks, basically a poor-man's version of 9gag. 

irishfury's picture

Thats funny.  I lived in Tahoe for 5 years.  In Nevada and I couldn't believe how many people where OSU fans out there.

CowCat's picture

So USC hates itself, but we hate Oregon when in Washington?

So confuse. Such concepts. Much maps. Wow.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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CowCat's picture

So USC hates itself, but we hate Oregon when in Washington?

So confuse. Such concepts. Much maps. Wow.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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FUqUespin's picture

No, moron.  Do not be "Confuse"...

UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Fresno State, and San Diego State all collectively add up to hate USC.  "Such concepts," eh, comrade?

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buckeye_chick's picture

What did we ever do to New York?

TheVictoryBell45's picture

I live in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and I agree with Pitt being the most hated in WV but Ohio State is holding firm in second place. 

Jabba1977's picture

This does not make sense to me!!


808buckeye's picture

I suck at geography!! But one thing I do know is that Oregon hates USC and Stanford not Washington 

seize the carpe

cinserious's picture

But one thing I do know is that Oregon hates USC and Stanford 

Nah Doug. What Oregon really HATES is Oregon State and vice-versa! Maybe, just maybe there are more Oregon State fans in that state than Oregon fans. 

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

funtubs's picture

The Oregon - Washington rivalry is a real one. Just because Washington hasn't been too good lately doesn't mean the rivalry isn't. There's definitely a lot of hate there and the votes showed it, UW won by a landslide in Oregon

cinserious's picture

I bet 'ole Buc Nasty was behind this map. Wouldn't surprise me in the least.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

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theopulas's picture

i think this whole subject was just made up for OSU haters....


ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

What the hell is New York's, Connecticut's, and New Hampshire's problem with us?  I get MI, PA, and WI hating us, but what did we ever do to anyone in New England?  lol

Class of 2010.

Zaphod Beeblebrox's picture

That map is wrong. I used to be a UNLV season ticket holder (hoops) & the Runnin' Rebels hated two schools... first That Team Up North, Nevada-Reeeno (they really call them that) & BYU. Although BYU tucked their tail between their legs & left the MWC for the WCC a few years ago so it's not a rivalry anymore.

Sightlygrain6's picture

Not very much going on in North Dakota and Montana

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