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12 College Football Fan Bases Most Desperate To End Cleveland-Like Title Drought

The Cleveland Cavaliers captured the 2016 NBA championship on Sunday night, ending a 52-year championship drought for the city of Cleveland. The Cavs' victory resulted in an almost cathartic release of emotions from Cleveland fans left jaded and desperate after years of disappointment.

Across the country, there are plenty of college football fan bases just like Cleveland fans. While it may not have been 52 years since their team last won a title, they're suffering through a drought that is driving them crazy, dreaming of the day they'll be on top of the college football world once again.

We combed the resumes of the most accomplished college football programs that are currently mired in a title drought of some sort. Some are longer than others, but all are painful for their fans in one way or another.

Here's our list of the 12 college football fan bases most desperate to see their squads snap a Cleveland-esque title drought. 

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Ole Miss

The Rebels won national championships in 1959, 1960 and 1962 but they haven't earned one since. In fact, last season was only the third 10-win campaign for Ole Miss since that 1962 title year. 

Ole Miss has improved its record each of the four seasons that Hugh Freeze has been head coach, and the Rebels are bringing in their share of elite talent. They've also beaten Alabama the past two seasons. This is probably one of the more successful stretches in program history. 

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Still, it's tough to own a lot of bragging rights in the loaded SEC without the ultimate prize. Loyal Rebel fans are longing for a championship to celebrate so they can officially stake their claim as one of the country's elite programs. Next: ??? >>>MichiganThe Wolverines are tied with Notre Dame and USC for the second-most national championships claimed with 11, the last one coming in 1997 when they shared the honor with Nebraska. Since then, the closest they've come to a 12th championship was in 2006, when they started 11-0 before losing the regular season finale against Ohio State and the Rose Bowl vs. USC. After three lackluster years under Brady Hoke, Michigan has awakened under Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines are trendy pick to win the Big Ten and qualify for the College Football Playoff in Year Two under Harbaugh. 

There's zero doubt that Michigan is one of the most accomplished programs in college football history. They have an illustrious history, but in the present, Maize and Blue fans are hungry to win another championship and re-establish supremacy over Ohio State and Michigan State. Next: ??? >>>GeorgiaGeorgia took down Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, winning the program's fifth national championship in the process. Since then, the Bulldogs have been one of college football's most consistent teams, but that consistency hasn't resulted in a sixth title. In the 35 seasons since Georgia last reigned over college football, five SEC programs (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee) have won national championships. Georgia's near-misses and inability to win the big one even earned the fan base a parody video from AL.com last year. We're sure Bulldogs fans were thrilled watching that clip. Now, the onus is on UGA alum Kirby Smart to bring a title back to Athens. Next: ??? >>>Notre DameThe Fighting Irish may have more tradition than any other team in college football. Eleven national championships, seven Heisman winners, countless All-Americans, the second-most victories, the best winning percentage. You get the picture.But, the dirty little not-so-secret aspect of Notre Dame's impressive resume is that a lot of its accomplishments occurred decades ago. The Fighting Irish haven't won a national championship since 1988, and haven't won a major bowl game in more than two decades. From 1999-2007, the team registered four losing seasons. Fortunately, the present and future looks pretty bright under Brian Kelly, who led the program to an undefeated regular season and BCS championship game appearance in 2012. 

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As long as Kelly is in South Bend, you can pretty much pencil the Irish in to win at least 8-10 games every year. Can he take the next step and win it all, etching his name among Fighting Irish legends? Time will tell. 

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Michigan State

Speaking of Notre Dame, the Irish split the 1966 national title with the next team on our list, the Michigan State Spartans. The two teams played to an iconic 10-10 tie during the regular season, with ND finishing atop the final AP rankings and Michigan State earning the No. 1 spot in the Coaches' Poll. 

After that championship, the program's sixth and most recent, it took 33 years for the Spartans to win 10 games in a season again. Under Mark Dantonio they've reached the 11-win mark five times in the past six seasons, winning a Rose Bowl and two Big Ten titles in the process.

Spartan fans are currently relishing one of the best stretches in program history. Now, if they could only snap their title-less streak. 

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Tennessee

The Vols ended a 30-year title drought in 1998, running the table and beating Florida State in the inaugural BCS title game. It was the sixth national championship in UT history. 

The end of the Philip Fulmer era was a sour point and the Lane Kiffin/Derek Dooley tenures were unmitigated disasters. Now, Butch Jones has some of the magic back in Knoxville, and fans are gearing up for what could be a breakthrough season. 

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Eighteen years isn't THAT long of a title famine, at least compared to some of the other teams on this list. But remember, Tennessee plays in the SEC, where the pressure to win is immense. Next: ??? >>>ClemsonThe Tigers shocked plenty of people with their 1981 national championship, still the only one in program history. They came oh-so-close to No. 2 last year, but ran into the Alabama juggernaut. Now, led by Heisman candidate Deshaun Watson at quarterback and possessing an abundance of returning talent all over, the Tigers have a strong chance to win it all in 2016. Out of all the teams on this list, Clemson easily has the best chance to get off the schneid this season. Next: ??? >>>Penn StatePenn State won a pair of national championships in the 1980's under Joe Paterno, including pulling off one of the greatest championship upsets in college football history against Miami in 1986. While the 1980's were a heyday for PSU, Nittany Lions fans are still sore over finishing No. 2 behind Nebraska in 1994 when the team went 12-0 in the days before the BCS. 

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The Nittany Lions are recruiting at a high level under James Franklin, but now they must win with the talent they have. Winning a title isn't getting any easier, especially with Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State playing at a high level. 

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Iowa

The Hawkeyes won three titles in five seasons from 1956-60 and haven't won one since, thought the program did have a tremendous run in the 1980's under Hayden Fry.

Fry led Iowa to three Rose Bowls during the decade. Six times during the 80's, Iowa made an appearance in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll at some point during the season. 

Now, under Kirk Ferentz, the Hawkeyes have been a consistent bowl team the last 15 years and flirted with a Cinderella season in 2015 by starting 12-0 before a pair of losses. 

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There isn't an incredible amount of pressure on Ferentz to deliver a national championship to Iowa City, and the odds of the Hawkeyes winning one aren't great. But for one of the most loyal and passionate fan bases in college football, it can't hurt to dream. Next: ??? >>>ArkansasLike Clemson, Arkansas has only one national championship to its credit, coming way back in 1964. That title came under legendary head coach Frank Broyles, back in the days of the Southwest Conference.Now, Arkansas finds itself in the impossibly rugged SEC West. While Bret Bielema, Bobby Petrino and Houston Nutt have each led the program to quality seasons recently, the best finish the Hogs have had was No. 5 in 2011. 

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Hey, didn't Cleveland's last championship before Sunday night come in 1964? Maybe it's a sign the Razorbacks will make a run for the ages this fall. 

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Nebraska

Nebraska ruled the college football world for a couple of years in the early 1970's and mid-1990's, collecting five national championships in the process.

The 1995 Huskers squad is regarded as one of the best in the history of the sport, and if you say Tommie Frazier's famous touchdown run against Florida is the greatest play in college football history, we might not argue. 

The Nebraska fan base remains the most loyal in college football, with an ongoing 54-year sellout streak. Will they ever see their team win another title? It gets harder every year as more teams tap into the fertile recruiting areas (South Florida, California, New Jersey etc.) that the Huskers used to mine talent during their last dynasty. 

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Texas A&M

The Aggies' third and most recent national championship came in 1939. Bear Bryant, Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum came relatively close to winning No. 4 in the decades that followed, but all three came up short on multiple occasions. 

Most recently, the Aggies' biggest national headlines have come from the exploits of Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy Winner. 

Similarly to Arkansas, Texas A&M now has to contend with a loaded SEC West, a gauntlet that is tough to get through, yet must be conquered in order to win a national title. 

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