College football features some of the most rabid fan bases in all of sports, professional and amateur. But with all that passion and pride, delusion sometimes rears it’s ugly head.
There are plenty of college football programs that have delusional fan bases. Some dwell on their team’s past glory; others overestimate their future potential. Still others refuse to admit their program’s ineptitude.
Almost all fan bases suffer from some form of delusion. We’re here to take a look at the most delusional fans in college football, so without further ado, let’s get started with….
This is the year the Trojans take the return leap to prominence. No, really. This is it. It seems like we’ve been hearing about the USC renaissance for a few seasons now, and it has yet to come to fruition. Now, Steve Sarkisian took the Men of Troy to a 9-4 record and a Holiday Bowl win in 2014, and there’s enough returning talent to justify USC’s lofty pre-season expectations. But the program hasn’t reached a major bowl game in seven years and has a loaded schedule which includes trips to Oregon and Notre Dame and the annual match-up with cross-town rival UCLA, who looks formidable.
Also, did we mention that Sarkisian has never reached double-digit victories in his six seasons as a college head coach? Yes, he was at Washington–not exactly a yearly power–for much of that time, but it makes one wonder how he will handle a team expected to contend for a College Football Playoff berth. It wouldn’t shock us to see the Trojans in the CFP, but we also wouldn’t be surprised if they dropped at least two regular season contests. Their fans may be hearkening back to the glory days of earlier this century, but their visions don’t match the results on the field (yet), which is why they find themselves on this list.