College sports fans aren't always the most logical bunch. 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 in all of college sports, primarily looking at football and basketball. These are programs that have lofty expectations placed upon their shoulders year-in and year-out 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 national title, when their team has no chance of such success. There are also a few fan bases that have unrealistic expectations - even if they do have a chance of success.
With that being said, let's jump in starting at No. 10.
10. Maryland (basketball)
Since winning the national title in 2002, the Terrapins have made the NCAA tournament just eight times - and just two of those teams made it to the Sweet 16. Despite the clear lack of success, Maryland fans have remained boisterous about their team's talent, and potential.
Mark Turgeon has led his team to three NCAA tournament appearances in the past four years, however, fans are clamoring for conference and national titles.
9. Texas A&M (football)
Perhaps underrated here are the Aggies. Texas A&M fans have expected their team to compete in the SEC since joining the conference in 2012. The Aggies' first season in the conference might have whetted the fan's appetites a little too much. An 11-win season led to visions of sugarplums floating in every Texas A&M fan's head, but the team hasn't won more than nine games since then.
The Aggies haven't even won a bowl game since 2013, but their fans - and donors - think they're ready to break through. With Jimbo Fisher at the helm, Aggies fans once again think this is their year, but if Fisher fails to lead Texas A&M to the promised land, should we really be surprised?
A&M fans will be.
8. Indiana (basketball)
Welcome to all those Hoosiers fans from the 1970s and 80s. Bob Knight is no longer the coach of the Indiana Hoosiers. This is a program with a rich tradition, but an out-of-touch fanbase. The Hoosiers haven't won a title since the mid 1980s, but fans consistently think they can compete with the game's elite.
In the era of one-and-done basketball, the Hoosiers have a nice seat at the kiddie table. Will Archie Miller return the Hoosiers to their former glory? Maybe, but until then, they'll sit right here.
7. Nebraska (football)
BUT WE HAVE SCOTT FROST NOW. Okay, calm down Nebraska fans. Frost will have all the time in the world to turn this program around, but until then, this is still the same Huskers team that hasn't won a conference title since 1999.
Yes, the 1990s were a great time to be a Nebraska fan, but we no longer live in that time, and it's about time Huskers fans remembered that.
6. Michigan (football)
Jim Harbaugh's return to Michigan put the fans in a fever pitch. Immediately, the Wolverines were expected to compete for conference and national titles. Well, three years later, Michigan has not finished higher than third in the East division of the Big Ten.
Couple that with the failed experiments of Brady Hoke and Rich Rodriguez and you've got a Michigan team that hasn't won a conference title since 2004. In the 14 years since Michigan's last conference title, "little brother" Michigan State has three Big Ten titles.
5. Kansas (basketball)
A large part of the "delusion" among the Kansas faithful is thinking the Jayhawks will consistently win national titles. Part of the problem? Kansas wins the Big 12 every year. But they haven't broken through in the NCAA Tournament in a decade.
Bill Self has done a tremendous job at Kansas, and we're not taking anything away from that. But for a blue blood program to go on a national title drought when you consistently have a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA tournament is criminal. Fans probably need to adjust their expectations.
4. USC (football)
2017 was supposed to be "the year" for the Trojans. Sam Darnold's explosion onto the college football scene after USC's epic Rose Bowl comeback against Penn State the previous year had USC fans drooling about the team's potential.
USC is ranked in the top 10 virtually every season, but hasn't realistically competed for a national title in over a decade. Fans - and analysts, to be honest, have been a bit delusional about the state of the program for quite some time.
However, an absolute drubbing at the hands of the Fighting Irish led to a disappointing season once again. USC hasn't competed for a national title since 2005 against Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns.
3. Kentucky (basketball)
The top three of this list all could easily be ranked No. 1. Kentucky fans are born believing their team is going to win the national title each and every year. With the talent John Calipari recruits, it's easy to understand.
However, the Wildcats haven't played in the title game since 2014, and haven't won the title since 2012. Calipari has only won once since he's been at Kentucky. Many believe he's underachieved as a result.
Kentucky fans probably need to temper expectations in the coming years. Max Kellerman suggested a few weeks back that Calipari needs to change how he recruits.
2. Texas (football)
A year ago I wrote, "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." It turns out I was right.
Texas fielded one of the toughest defenses in the country last year, but still struggled to finish 7-6 during the 2017 season. Herman may turn out to be the right guy for the job, but a turnaround in Texas is still a few years away, despite the Longhorns faithful wishing otherwise.
The Longhorns haven't won a conference title since Colt McCoy was the team's quarterback.
1. Notre Dame (football)
We finally made it.
Brian Kelly and Notre Dame rebounded well in 2017 after an atrocious 4-8 season in 2016, but the Fighting Irish still top the list. Emotions were running high during the 2017 season when the Irish found themselves at 8-1, with playoff hopes on their minds.
However, an embarrassing 41-8 blowout loss to Miami left Notre Dame wondering what could have been. The Irish followed that up with a close win over Navy, and another disappointing loss to Stanford.
Notre Dame fans, despite not winning a national title since back in 1988, argue that the program is among the game's elite. There isn't much evidence to back that up.
Maybe that will change in the coming years. But the reality is that during the BCS and College Football Playoff eras, Notre Dame has been left behind. Their fans, however, don't acknowledge it.