It turns out hatred can be measured. And in all of sports, no two teams have more hatred for one another than Arizona and ASU, according to a new study.
A report from the New York Times highlighted America’s biggest professional and collegiate rivalries with the Territorial Cup taking home the top honors.
Knownrivalry.com polled people that identified as ‘hard-core fans’ of a particular sports team and had them allot 100 points among their most hated rivals. For example, an Arizona Wildcats fan could give out 75 points to ASU and 25 to UCLA, or something similar.
Based on the study, Wildcats fans allocated an average of 89 points to ASU and Sun Devils fans gave an average of 83 points to UA. The total score for Arizona-ASU beat out all other rivalries in professional sports, including the Los Angeles Lakers versus Boston Celtics in the NBA and the Los Angeles Dodgers versus San Francisco Giants in MLB.
In 92 Territorial Cup meetings, the Wildcats own a 49-42-1 record over the Sun Devils with their last win coming in 2016. The Cats and Sun Devils renew the intense rivalry later this year in Tempe on Nov. 30.
Thanksgiving Pt. I
Thanksgiving Pt. II
Things we are thankful for: pic.twitter.com/gdrefvovNm— ZonaZoo (@ZonaZooOfficial) November 23, 2017
When an ASU fan sees a trash can pic.twitter.com/PqgCU1hKpV— ZonaZoo (@ZonaZooOfficial) November 22, 2017
Never forget Pt. I
Territorial Cup fashion pic.twitter.com/XiBVNqcUW7— David Potts (@dpottzzz) November 23, 2017
Never forget Pt. II
Pictured: Territorial CupNot pictured: A second half pass attempt pic.twitter.com/nJatanhs2P— Alejandro Alvarez (@WhyNotAlvarez) November 20, 2017
take her back, not worth it :/ https://t.co/eREBGgstHI— Sparky The Sun Devil (@SparkyArizonaSt) November 19, 2017
Maybe you should take some notes. After all, you have been single for 71 years, right? 😉 https://t.co/IbPr1BDoTx— ZonaZoo (@ZonaZooOfficial) November 19, 2017