The 2019 season is around the corner. Let’s take a look at the most delusional college football fan bases heading into the fall.
Now, just a precaution before you read this post. Just because a team’s fan base is on this list, doesn’t mean they are not going to be good this year.
In fact, the five fan bases we’ve named, all of them root for teams ranked in our preseason top 25. We’re not trying to diss the programs themselves.
All we’re saying is these fan bases are a little bit delusional regarding what their team looks like going into 2019. Expectations are a slightly inflated it seems.
With all that out of the way, let’s get to it. Here are the five most delusional college football fan bases ahead of the 2019 season.
Look, the Wolverines have talent. If there is one thing Jim Harbaugh has done in Ann Arbor, it is recruit at an elite level. However, one thing he hasn’t done is beat Ohio State. Until that happens, Michigan fans need to relax on thinking their team is a College Football Playoff or national title contender. We have to see it to believe it with the Maize and Blue.
Dino Babers led the Orange to their first 10-win season in nearly two decades last year. His team looks like the second-best in its division behind Clemson. However, Syracuse fans just expecting a repeat of 2018 need to beware. The Orange have a manageable schedule, but it is reasonable to think some regression is forthcoming. It is hard to turn a program around, but even harder to stay at that level once you get there.
Nebraska fans are excited about Scott Frost and rightfully so. He’s a favorite son, and he’s got a strong resume. After going 4-8 last fall, Frost’s Huskers are predicted to be a Big Ten West contender in his second season. That could happen, but some of the hype around this team is over-the-top. Nebraska is not ready to be a playoff contender yet, and the groups of Husker fans who are expecting 10 wins or more in 2019 might be disappointed.
Tom Herman looks like he is bringing Texas “back” but now comes the hard part. After a 10-4 campaign in 2018, he has to deal with enhanced expectations. The fan base is expecting a potential run at the Big 12 title and a playoff berth. The Longhorns are on the right track, but they aren’t where they were in their glory days yet, even if some fans are hopeful that is the case.
Don’t worry, Texas fans. We didn’t forget about your rivals that you don’t play anymore. The Aggies showed promise last year under Jimbo Fisher, but any fans thinking a major jump is coming in 2019 needs to take a step back. Kellen Mond is talented, but that schedule is a monster: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and LSU are all on the docket. Give Jimbo some more time before you expect an SEC title and playoff contender.