The most-hate filled rivalry involving a Big Ten team — maybe even in all of college football or sports, for that matter — is Ohio State and Michigan, right?
The Buckeyes and Wolverines don’t have anything on the Hawkeyes and Cyclones, says Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports. Fornelli ranked 2017’s five most hate-filled rivalries in college football on Friday, and Iowa-Iowa State came in on the list ahead of Ohio State-Michigan.
Ohio State-Michigan was No. 5, while the Cy-Hawk rivalry — which Iowa won 44-41 in overtime last Saturday — was No. 3. Alabama-Auburn, BYU-Utah and Ole Miss-Mississippi State were No. 4, No. 2 and No. 1, respectively.
Why did Iowa-Iowa State rank so high?
“It’s not exactly a feud that tips the scales nationally, but man do these two fan bases hate each other,” Fornelli writes. “What makes it better is that even though they aren’t in the same conference, I get a sense that this game matters more than any other. Either team could go on to finish in last place in their division, but as long as they win this game, the season isn’t a wash. …In a sick way, it’s kind of like a grade school romance. The more they try to convince you they don’t care, the more they do.”
As for Ohio State and Michigan, “things are just getting a bit too friendly.”
Hopefully, things can get going back in the right direction if Jim Harbaugh can make Michigan a legit threat in the Big Ten again because we need it. The hate between these two teams is great for college football.