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The 10 Most Delusional College Football Fan Bases Ahead Of 2017 Season

Welcome, delusional college football fans.

College football fans aren't always the most logical bunch on the planet. Many, understandably, often lead with their hearts instead of their heads when it comes to expectations for their favorite teams.

In this article we'll take a look at the most delusional fanbases headed into the 2017 season. These are teams that have lofty expectations placed upon their shoulders by fans who are in desperate need of a solid season. Every year there are fans that expect their team to compete for a conference championship, or even a College Football Playoff run, when their team has no chance of such success.

Here are the 10 most delusional college football fan bases ahead of the 2017 season.

10. Penn State

Penn State outperformed expectations during the 2016 campaign. The Nittany Lions shocked Ohio State, and then came back to defeat Wisconsin in the Big The Championship Game en route to a Big Ten title. Expectations couldn't be higher entering the 2017 season, especially with one of the best backfields in college football returning -- running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley.

Penn State will be good in 2017, but not good enough to beat Ohio State on the road or compete for a national title. Unfortunately for Nittany Lions fans, those are the expectations given what the team did last year. Penn State has a legitimate shot at a 10-win season, but that won't be enough to satiate the fans, who got a taste of glory last year, and expect the same results in 2017.

9. Washington

The same that was said about Penn State can be said about Washington. The team will be good in 2017, but it surely won't live up to expectations. The Huskies turned in an unbelievable 2016 campaign, reaching the College Football Playoff. Much like the Nittany Lions, however, Washington may have overperformed last season, and now expectations are too high.

The Huskies lost three of their best defensive players when corners Sidney Jones and Kevin King and safety Budda Baker all left for the NFL. Without their lockdown corners, it will be difficult for the Huskies to live up to last year's success. Star wide receiver John Ross is also gone, which won't help matters in the slightest.

8. Oklahoma

Calm down, Oklahoma fans!

The Sooners will be good in 2017, and will most likely win the Big 12. But with quarterback Baker Mayfield returning, Oklahoma fans expect a run at the College Football Playoff -- and that won't happen.

Unless the Sooners go undefeated or lose to Ohio State in overtime and win the rest of their games, Oklahoma has no very little shot at making the playoff, given the strength of the Big 12 conference. The Sooners' defense is just plain not good enough to compete with the big boys of college football either.

Yes, Mayfield is talented, but he can't carry a team to the promised land without a little help on the other side of the ball.

7. Clemson

This is the big one. Clemson has its eyes set on back-to-back national championships. There's only one problem with that. No Deshaun Watson.

Despite winning the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Watson may have been an underrated college football quarterback. Name another quarterback that could have led his team to defeat the Crimson Tide in the title game. We'll wait.

There's no one. And we're sorry to say this to Clemson fans, but there's no way that the Tigers put together the same success this season, especially when a starting quarterback hasn't even been named yet.

6. LSU

The previous four teams are all on this list due to ridiculous 2016 campaigns that created unrealistic expectations. That's not the case here -- LSU is just plain overrated.

LSU fields a stagnant offense that just lost arguably the greatest running back in the school's history. That doesn't yield for a great upcoming season. Yes, the team brought in Matt Canada, and he should be able to turn things around, but not Year 1.

Plus, LSU is still in Alabama's division, the last time we checked. And Nick Saban is still in Tuscaloosa, last time we checked. The Tigers won't be breaking through any time soon.

5. Michigan

Speaking of teams that have no chance to win their respective conferences, welcome the Michigan Wolverines. After a respectable 10-win season last year, you might expect more of the same for Michigan in the 2017 season. Unfortunately for Michigan fans, the Wolverines will struggle to win ten games next season.

Michigan needs to replace 18 starters headed into the 2017 season. 18! A huge chunk of the offense from last season departed when Jake Butt, Jehu Chesson, and Amara Darboh left for the NFL. Couple that with the fact that do-it-all Jabrill Peppers is also gone, and the hill might be too steep for Michigan to climb this year.

4. Miami

Let's get one thing clear, Miami is not going to win the ACC this year. Without Deshaun Watson, many Hurricanes fans believe this finally may be the year that the team can get over the hump and win the conference. First things first, Miami fans, you have to win your own division.

Even if Clemson isn't able to stay elite, there is another program that will. Florida State, the league favorite, has more talent and experience than the Hurricanes. The Seminoles have won the last seven contests between the two schools.

The Hurricanes currently have an unbelievable recruiting class going for the 2018 season, but that won't help matters this year. The defense was solid last year, but even that won't be enough to lift Miami to an ACC Championship.

3. Louisville

The Cardinals were the story of the college football season through the first 10 games. Led by the unstoppable Lamar Jackson, Louisville looked like it had the chance to compete for a national championship until the last four weeks of the season.

The offensive line went on vacation and Lamar Jackson had to run for his life during a three-game losing streak to end the season. Jackson was sacked 46 times during the 2016 season, 11 of those coming in a loss to LSU in the Buffalo Wilds Wings Citrus Bowl.

It took awhile, but teams finally started figuring out how to play Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals. That doesn't bode well for the 2017 season.

2. Texas

Longhorns fans who think Tom Herman is the savior and Texas will be able to compete right away will be rudely awakened during the 2017 season. Herman is a solid coach, and this seems like the right fit, but Herman will need time to turn around a program that hasn't had a winning season since Mack Brown was the head coach.

Texas started the 2016 season with an impressive win over Notre Dame that made it look like the Texas of old was back. Then we realized Notre Dame wasn't very good, and neither were the Longhorns. Expect more of the same this season, as the Longhorns are still struggling to figure out the quarterback position.

Going forward, Texas should be pleased with the acquisition of Herman, but it will take time.

1. Oklahoma State

We finally reached No. 1. Many college football experts think this may be the year the Cowboys compete with Oklahoma for a Big 12 title. With Mason Rudolph under center, Oklahoma State probably has the best NFL quarterback prospect in the Big 12, yes that includes the unstoppable Baker Mayfield.

The troubles with this team, however, start on the defensive end of the ball. The Cowboys put together a surprising 2016 season that was marred by a game that the team "lost" to Central Michigan. Had it not been for that game, Oklahoma State would have been a contender late.

Don't expect the 2016 success to carry over to the 2017 season, though Oklahoma State fans. For this season to be a success, the Cowboys will have to take down Oklahoma, win the Big 12, and compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Those aspirations are just too high.

Well, there you have it, the most delusional fanbases entering the 2017 college football season.