The Quadrangle of Hate, an unofficial internet term for the four-way rivalry between Big Ten West members Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin (as far as I can tell, the QOH’s oldest documented usage was by SB Nation's Off Tackle Empire in early 2014), appears to be becoming more of an actual thing, at least on the scheduling side.
Since 2011, new-ish rivalry Iowa-Nebraska has joined ancient rivalry Minnesota-Wisconsin in being played on Rivalry Weekend to end the regular season. But the Big Ten's new schedule rotation for 2020 and 2021 ends with Minnesota-Nebraska and Iowa-Wisconsin, and apparently, those will rotate in some fashion:
"All we wanted to try to do was mix and match the rivalry games," [Big Ten associate commissioner for TV administration Mark Rudner] said. "We know that Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Minnesota, all four of those games are rivalry games in their own right."
Asked if that means Nebraska and Wisconsin will play the final week of future regular seasons, Rudner said, "I think that's probably fair to say, even though we haven't gone beyond 2021 yet. That would be the principle."
Jumping into the relevant comment sections, we find:
- Iowa fans seem to like the move, and based on observations elsewhere, I think it's because they're tired of perceived Nebraska arrogance.
- Minnesota fans are unhappy and confused.
- Wisconsin fans kind of liked having their annual win over Minnesota in the same spot, but don't seem too broken up about the change.
- Nebraska fans don't care much either way, mostly just hoping this further fuels rumors of the Gophers-Huskers Broken Chair Trophy making a comeback.
Now the only thing we need is an overall Quadrangle of Hate Trophy, like you see with the service academies, Michigan MAC schools, Florida Power 5 schools, and some other multi-team rivalries. OTE has a fine mockup idea there.
Quadrangle of Hate records
|Iowa vs. Minnesota||Floyd of Rosedale||Minnesota, 62-46-2|
|Iowa vs. Nebraska||Heroes Trophy||Nebraska, 29-15-3|
|Iowa vs. Wisconsin||Heartland Trophy||Wisconsin, 45-43-2|
|Minnesota vs. Nebraska||$5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy?||Minnesota, 31-24-2|
|Minnesota vs. Wisconsin||Paul Bunyan's Axe||Tied, 59-59-8|
|Nebraska vs. Wisconsin||Freedom Trophy||Wisconsin, 7-4|
|Quadrangle of Hate rankings||Record||Win percentage|
More college football
- The Numerical finds that other than Alabama, Oklahoma now has the country's best Playoff odds.
- Let's examine all 11 of Clemson's sacks against poor Jarrett Stidham.
- How that pile of canceled games could impact the postseason.
- Exactly how Oklahoma sliced up Ohio State's defense.
- We all laughed when USC claimed its Rose Bowl loss to Texas had been NCAA-vacated, but apparently the NCAA actually said such a thing at one point? Go with it, Trojans.
- Baker Mayfield's ownership of Ohio State's stadium has reached Wikipedia-war and Siri status.
- Florida's stadium literally lost its "O" and its "D."
- Urban Meyer seemingly agrees with you that defenses have just caught up to what Ohio State does on offense.
- Clemson defenders note two-game starter Kelly Bryant is similar in some ways to Heisman-winner Lamar Jackson, which will surely be overblown somewhat.
- For those who say Notre Dame fans can't have fun at their own expense, we present One Foot Down.
- Cal beat the Chicago Bears ... in a trademark battle.