The Border War between Missouri and Kansas still is the second-most played rivalry game in college football history with 120 editions, despite the discontinuation of the series after 2011 when the Tigers moved to the SEC. (As an aside, conference realignment nixed three of the Top 5 most-played rivalries, including Texas-Texas A&M and Miami-Cincinnati.)

Logically, it becomes harder to hate someone or something the more incompetent it is. Missouri won five of the last six meetings between the two football programs. That preceded the Charlie Weis era in Kansas, where the doughy former Notre Dame coach has led the Jayhawks to a 4-20 record in two seasons. (To be fair, Weis has dropped a reported 70 pounds.)

Meanwhile, Missouri won an SEC East title and finished the season in the AP Top 5. It’s hard to muster up hatred for Kansas when you’re worried about the likes of South Carolina, Georgia and a new border rivalry with Arkansas, right?


According to a Reddit survey, Kansas remains the most hated college football team as voted by Missouri residents. More than 150 years later, it’s just hard to scrub away the aftermath of violence between pro- and anti-slavery groups. And let’s not kid ourselves: Kansas is an easy state to hate.

Here is a map of the entire country’s results.