The Top 5 Most Delusional Fanbases In College Football

The Top 5 Most Delusional Fanbases In College Football

Honorable Mentions: Georgia, USC, Texas A&M, Miami

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College football has some of the greatest fans in all of sports. But just like any other league, there are ones who are downright insufferable. It isn't the loud cheering or how they constantly bring up how they won the championship the prior season. That stuff is part of regular fandom. I'm talking about the people whose expectations are so insane it makes Kanye West sound like James Baldwin. I'm talking about the people who constantly think that their team will finally break through and be considered among the best even though they fail every single time. I'm talking about the people who only bring up the championship teams from the time period where spam was only known as a type of meat.

These are the types of fanbases which I consider to be the most delusional in college football.

1. The Texas Longhorns

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Is Texas really back? Sure. Did they look good beating an uninspired Georgia team? You could say so. Did my take from earlier in the year not age well? We'll see. But what I do know for certain is that Texas' fans are still trying to push themselves into the elite team conversation. Yes, you had Vince Young 15 plus years ago, and that was great. But we need some level on consistency from this program in order to bring Texas back into the spotlight. Texas fans can't keep referring to the Vince Young or even Colt Mccoy as their evidence for legitimacy. One was lightning in a bottle, the other one doesn't even count.

2. The Michigan Wolverines

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Michigan fans are insufferable in a lot of ways. They think that they give you a Harvard or Yale type education and when you hire a former NFL coach who rubbed a bunch of people the wrong way you're automatically a top 5 team. In reality, Michigan is more of an annoyance than a real contender and their fans don't get that. Every year since Jim Harbaugh became the head coach it's always been "this is the year" and every time they're wrong. I do feel somewhat bad for their fans because they torment themselves so much. The expectations for their program are just so unrealistic. Their football team hasn't been relevant in nearly 30 years. Now they lose all their recruits to the SEC school and the Ohio States of the world. My advice to Michigan fans? Look forward to basketball season.

3. THE Ohio State Buckeyes 

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Speaking of Ohio State, they come in at number three on the list. Yes, they have proven to be a pretty legitimate team over the past couple of seasons and have even added a championship trophy to their athletic center. In other words, they don't really fit the criteria I set at the beginning of the article. But the way part of their fan base reacted towards the suspension of Urban Meyer over his abysmal handling of Zach Smith's domestic violence case was downright uneducated. The blamed ESPN for Meyers suspension because of the way he was portrayed in some of their work when in reality anyone with any lick of common sense could see that Meyer's suspension was warranted.

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Notre Dame fans are just the worst. All they want to do is bring up the "good ole days" when they were dominating the country with fullback dives and leather helmets. But they always forget to mention that 8 of their 11 national championships came before Richard Nixon was president. Regardless, it doesn't stop them from shoving it down your throat. ND fans also love to hold themselves and their team in such a high class of human. It's almost as if they believe that since they're associated with Notre Dame that they are in some way superior to everyone else. It's insane. And to top it all off their football team actually kind of stinks. Sure they went undefeated but their toughest opponents were an average Michigan team and Syracuse. But they'll never actually join a conference to fix their crappy schedule issue.

5. The UCF Golden Knights

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Number one and two can both be argued but in my eyes, the dialogue I've heard from UCF supporters is just shocking. Sure they are not the first team to "claim" a national championship but everyone who's done it in the past did it before there was an actual playoff system which is geared towards picking the four most worthy teams to compete for the actual championship. And if you couldn't figure it out beating a 3 loss Auburn team and winning 25 straight games in a fake conference doesn't earn you a championship. The last two seasons of listening to them crying and moaning for respect has been an unbearable nuisance. Hopefully losing to LSU will finally shove the sock in their fans mouths. But I've got a feeling this won't be the last we hear of UCF.

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Just Because You Can Throw A Ball Does Not Mean Your Rape Is Admissible

Why are university athletes more likely to commit sexual assault?

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I wish rape didn't seep into every sphere of my life. But, like ink, it has.

Interpersonally, my childhood friend was gang-raped by members of the University of North Texas basketball team. As uncovered in an investigation, her circumstances were not isolated, unlike what it says in UNT's initial statement. I am proud to know my friend. I am proud to stand with her. However, I am ashamed at the situation and the commonness of her suffering among students just like me, on college campuses.

Politically, Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, promotes new fortifications for students accused of sexual assault. Basically, the rules would reduce the legal classification of harassment while offering protections for those accused of wrongdoing. In my emotions, I firmly believe in the American ideal of being "innocent until proven guilty". However, even in a crime so entrenched in emotions, I must look at facts. Facts say that the falsification rate of rape is the same as most other crimes, somewhere around 5%. Therefore, I believe that DeVos' proposal would tilt investigations in favor of the committer and significantly lessen the number of victims who would have the assurance to come forward and tell his/her story. In a campus-setting, where 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted, her "solution" adds gasoline to a country-wide fire.

Educationally, Brock Turner, a swimmer at Stanford University received just six months in county jail after being found guilty of five felonies, all of which amount to him raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. In defense of the light sentence, the judge said, "the more time (Turner spends) in jail, the more severe impact" on his future, who wanted to go to the Olympics. Never mind the future of the victim.

First off, rape culture, a sociological concept in which sexual assault is pervasive and normalized, exists. And while it exists everywhere, I can only speak with any authority on the campus setting, where hook-up culture is both catalyzed and camouflaged. Here, the area that needs the most treatment is in the locker room, on the court, or on the field.

Student athletes are proportionally the greatest perpetrators of sexual misconduct.

While a tiny 3% of male students are athletes, male student athletes are responsible for almost a fifth of sexual assaults on campus. And that is just the events that are reported, (just so you know, about 3 out of 4 go unreported). However, the NCAA has no policy that lessens a student's athletic eligibility in the face of sexually violent behavioral patterns. If you have allowed these numbers to simmer in your mind, you can see that this is unacceptable.

Why are university athletes more likely to commit sexual assault?

Most experts make cultural and institutional arguments.

Culturally, student athletes are not seen as "normal" students – rather, they provide a service to the college. Where most students get something from the college, student athletes give to the college, and we should be so lucky to have them grace us with their presence. It is a part of the status quo: high-status students on campus are athletes, especially males who play the most popular sports, like football, basketball, or baseball. These students carry social privilege.

Obviously, athletes are not naturally ethically worse than other students. I am simply saying that absolutely no one is immune to the culture that surrounds him/her, and we have a weird culture.

On average, athletes are more likely than other students on campus to buy into the cross-cultural concept of robust masculinity, which, in extreme cases, can lead to increased sexual aggression. Don't just take it from a non-athlete like me. Even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, an NBA champion and a former UCLA basketball player, declared the cultural privilege from which he benefited.

"I'm especially aware of the culture of entitlement that athletes feel... they strut around campus with the belief that they can do no wrong."

I am not going to sugarcoat the point that we all know well: football players are comparable to celebrities on campus, which has dangerous implications for a certain untouchability in mindsets.

Institutionally, colleges are as inclined to protect the perpetrator over non-athletic peers. A Senate report concluded that administrators tend to do three actions to protect their athletes, and therefore, their brand.

1. Higher-ups at the school discourage victims from reporting to police outside of the university. In this method, they let the campus police "handle it" and not report to less-biased city forces.

2. Admins downplay an assault's severity, making it less 'criminal', more unintentional and of an event to "move on from".

3. The athletic department can work with the administration and strategically delay proceedings while athletes finish their season.

If these three things are not enough as far as systemic ethical transgressions go, when athletes are found responsible for sexual assault, they may face small consequences.

Just to pull an infamous example from my home state of Texas, Baylor University continues to wrestle with how to deal with battery; I don't need to go over the sheer amount of claims that they were conscious and compliant to most allegations of assault involving their student-athletes.

So, not only is our mindset messed up, but the administration who is supposed to protect us is similarly bungled.

Obviously, athletes are not bad people, only people that are subject to their environment and protected by their talent. But crime is crime. The unnamed victim of Brock Turner said it well as she argued that being "an athlete at a university should not be an entitlement to leniency, but an opportunity to send a message that sexual assault is against the law" no matter your status.

Throwing a ball does not make someone above the rules.

Yes, I realize that my words have become trite. Scary articles, documentaries, and books about the sheer magnitude of sexual crime in college abound. But I see my seemingly-repetitive diction more as a reflection of our fallen collegiate system, rather than of myself.

With my article, I only ask that you keep fighting for victims like my childhood friend, for the classmate who sits next to you in lecture, for yourself. This institutional and social discrepancy of "athletics above all else" happens at more universities than I had the breath to mention.

Your first step is taking a searing examination at the failure of American universities to grapple successfully with campus rape in the systematic pattern of protecting student athletes more than other students. The next steps follow naturally. Take part in the activism at your school, encourage survivors, and productively confront the problem. Fear not, the policies will change with your effort.

Politics aside, we are in a time for you to continue speaking the truth, even if your voice trembles.

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5 Things To Take Away From The 2019 Sugar Bowl

The 2019 Sugar Bowl was a test of mental strength between the Texas Longhorns and the Georgia Bulldogs. In the end, the Longhorns held on to win 28-21, yet there aren't too many reasons to fret over this shocking upset.

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1. Sidelined Defense 

Georgia struggled to run a pressure defense on Texas Quarterback Sam Ehlinger, but this was not unexpected. Georgia was missing star DB Deandre Baker, who sat out to preserve his stock in the 2019 NFL Draft, OLB D'Andre Walker who was tending a groin injury, and DL Jordan Davis who was fighting a back injury.

2. Offensive Fighters 

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While multiple injuries plagued the Bulldogs this season, many who had issues should be at full capacity by the start of the 2019 season. These include some current starters, such as brick wall Offensive Linemen Ben Cleveland and Cade Mays. There are also some who started the season hindered by an injury, such as 5-star RB Zamir White who suffered an ACL injury in the pre-season. Also missing from action was freshman all-purpose back James Cook, a large weapon in the slot and sideline sweep plays. This nearly made the Georgia run game one dimensional and leads to another large factor in the failure to launch in UGA's usual offensive prowess.

3. RUN THE BALL... or maybe not

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The Georgia running game has always been a staple of the team's offensive success. The Sugar Bowl was an opportunity to capitalize on a Texas defense who has been known to miss tackles. The Georgia run game was shut down, only amassing 72 yards total. Partially due to preparation by the Texas defense, this stoppage also had lots to do with a lack of confidence that may Georgia rushers usually come equipped with. D'Andre Swift fumbled twice in the game, and even one misstep such as a lost fumble can shoot a young back's confidence. Elijah Holyfield was also stuffed at the line through all but 5 rushes on the day. A player who has been very overlooked by the media and limelight alike has been Junior Brian Herrien, who, while only gaining 17 yards on the ground, scored Georgia's first touchdown of the night, and fought for yards on every carry he was afforded. With a healthy future for James Cook and Zamir White and both Herrien and Holyfield reportedly returning for their senior seasons, this team's rushing attack should only get better.

4. The Future

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Georgia has another top 5 projected recruiting class to add onto the already young roster. This includes five committed 5-star players such as 1st ranked recruit in the nation DE Nolan Smith, 1st ranked ILB Nakobe Dean, 1st ranked center Clay Webb who was flipped from his home state Alabama team, 2nd ranked DT Travon Walker, and top 10 WR Dominick Blaylock. This fills in gaps left by stars such as center Lamont Gaillard, DE Jonathan Ledbetter, WR Terry Godwin, and LB D'Andre Walker.

5. A Show of Class

Head Coach Kirby Smart made it very clear to the public this season that he was not satisfied with a game won with extraneous penalties, and this showed as the Bulldogs totaled 0 penalties through the first half, and only 3 for the game in total. Towards the end of the game during the Georgia offense's last drive, Texas had 2 different cornerbacks disqualified for obvious targeting calls, and though Georgia was visibly upset and stood up for one another, there was a show in class by the team that exemplified what Bulldawg Nation strives for: respect. They knew by that time that the more focused team came to play, and seemed to run more efficiently when this occurred, with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

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