Most Hated Rival (Football)

Who is your most hated Illini rival for football?

  • Iowa

    Votes: 46 33.3%
  • Northwestern

    Votes: 43 31.2%
  • Mizzou

    Votes: 14 10.1%
  • Michigan

    Votes: 26 18.8%
  • Nebraska

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Wisconsin

    Votes: 4 2.9%
  • Purdue

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Other (Who)

    Votes: 3 2.2%

  • Total voters
    138
  • Poll closed .
#2      
Forgottonia
Interesting question. We’ve been bad for so long now and mostly uncompetitive, that I haven’t felt a lot of animosity towards programs I normally would. It’s hard to get juiced up for a game against someone that’s likely to deal you a beat down.

I voted for Michigan with Iowa a close second.
 
#3      
The Illinois football rivalry question is a difficult one.

Most natural rival: Northwestern
Most hated school that we regularly play but not competitive: Iowa
Most hated school but we never play and not competitive series: Mizzou
Most comparable rival and competitive series: Purdue
Obvious should-be rivalry that isn't: Indiana

I have really come to hate Iowa in recent years, so I guess they are the answer. But if we can be a regularly bowl-eligible team (and when we start playing Mizzou and perhaps Indiana more often), we will make a lot more of these series competitive, and our biggest rival may be different than it is today.

Or maybe not. F Iowa.
 
#5      
Close call between Iowa and Northwestern but I went with Iowa. Really cannot stand Michigan either.
 
#6      
Love the question, both this one and basketball. Feel like with football we can show our age in our answers....those old-timers like me who remember when we used to be able to occasionally beat and be competitive with Michigan, I went there with my answer. Never forget the 2000 all-time ref debacle in about as electric of a Memorial Stadium as I've seen. We had them beat.
But I also get how bad we've been for so long that to call Michigan a rival is kind of silly.
 
#7      
Hands down Iowa, in all things, mostly because I feel like we should be able to compete, and for the most part win any match ups with them. But somehow they always seem to have our number. And I don’t count the last couple of years, ya know cause of the Lovie effect!!!!!!
 
#8      
South Carolina
Up until conference expansion and the creation of the two Big Ten divisions, we had just two schools on our schedule every year ---- and just those two. Ohio State and Michigan. Everyone else in the conference was on a rotational schedule with us. Hence, I grew to hate those two more than any other --- particularly with all of the 63-0 annihilations in my early years. That made it even sweeter when Mike White turned things around and helped ensure numerous wins and competitive games against the two throughout the 1980's.

Now that Michigan has fallen off, I clearly despise Ohio State the most.

The 12-team playoff should help ensure incoming talent is spread more evenly across the conference, and across the nation, thus eventually knocking OSU back to the current level of 1-time perennial powers USC, Texas and Nebraska. No one needs to be playing in the NCAA semi-finals every single year. That's not how it's supposed to work. B-O-R-I-N-G and Elitist.
 
#9      
I with many - Iowa leads this pack but Michigan a close second. My favorite Michigan win is probably 1982 game that sealed our Rose Bowl birth. Northwestern should be tops on this list, but I just can't get jacked up for them. Maybe because they were so bad for so long back in the day. But, if they continue to put beat-downs on us like they have - especially in 2019 - they might come to the forefront.
 
#10      
Geneseo, IL
For years and years I hated Iowa. It helped with Hayden Fry's clear disdain for Illinois, I was at a game in my college years when he clearly ran up the score against the Illini at Memorial Stadium. They also had a long line of basketball coaches easy to dislike so that helped to cement my hatred. Now I have to say they way Fitzgerald looks down at Illinois the Cats are the team I would love to pummel.
 
#11      
Kelso, WA
Purdue is the closest rival geographically to the UI, and my Dad hated their football team. But I voted for Northwestern, bitterly remembering the times they pulled major upsets against the Illini.
 
#12      
Champaign Area
I grew up near Bloomington-Normal and some in that area and west hate Iowa, my family in eastern IL hates Indiana, and I dislike Mizzou cause I have family near KC. The preferred rival might vary due to where the person lives.

Side question, should Illinois create football rivalry trophies with Indiana and Iowa?
 
#13      
I grew up near Bloomington-Normal and some in that area and west hate Iowa, my family in eastern IL hates Indiana, and I dislike Mizzou cause I have family near KC. The preferred rival might vary due to where the person lives.

Side question, should Illinois create football rivalry trophies with Indiana and Iowa?
Do you know the history of Illinois / Iowa football? Things got so ugly during the 1952 game that they didn't play each other again till 1967. I think that already qualifies as a rivalry.
 
#14      
Champaign Area
Do you know the history of Illinois / Iowa football? Things got so ugly during the 1952 game that they didn't play each other again till 1967. I think that already qualifies as a rivalry.
dbeaverfg, that was before my time but I've heard about that game. People also bring up Bruce Pearl's time at Iowa, but that's a basketball event.
 
#15      
Tolono, IL
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#17      
This one was closer for me than basketball was. I have Iowa first and Michigan not far behind in football. Just never liked them, they've had our number forever and don't seem to mind running up the score.
 
#19      
Tennessee
Too late for the poll but I would say Michigan for most hated and Northwestern for rival..

Michigan most hated because of Schembechler and Moeller. Not really a rival because they almost always beat the Illini.

Northwestern is more of a rival because we were competitive with them until recently. Maybe things will change with BB coaching.