College Football's 10 Most Unrealistic Fanbases
It's no secret that while many college football programs are happy to win six games every year, some fanbases demand nothing short of a national championship every single season.
Guess what? That's never going to happen in this era of football. Get over it.
Whether thinking they're entitled because of their faith or feeling history proves what they're owed, some college football fans drive you crazy because they want everything and can't have it.
To those fans I say, "Enough already! Sometimes winning only seven games in a season is OK. The Sun will still rise in the morning."
While you should always strive for excellence, it's important to understand you can't be the best all the time.
So here are the 10 college football fanbases whose expectations are far too high.
You might not have seen this coming, but as a former Arkansas student, let me tell you the truth.
Sure, moral victories don't count for anything in the record books, and realistically, what defines a moral victory is different to each person. But the Hog Nation's pure disdain for Houston Nutt was simply ridiculous.
I've never seen a coach care so much about a program, especially one whose following wants him out of a job. Never mind that SEC West championship in 2006, that did nothing for his job security.
Arkansas's lone national championship came in 1964, and while the program has been solid through the years, what gave the fanbase such a sense of entitlement?
Do they actually think Bobby Petrino is the guy to lead them back to the promised land? The only coach more selfish in college football is Lane Kiffin.
Petrino couldn't care less about the Razorbacks. At least Nutt "loved the helmet."
"There's only one Oklahoma."
A marketing campaign like that put on by the University of Oklahoma sums up everything Sooner fans expect. So seeing seasons like 2009 where OU went 8-5 and finished fourth in the Big 12 South made the entire country outside the Crimson and Cream Nation sit back and smile.
With 17 national championships under Oklahoma's belt, the school's fanbase should have relatively high expectations. But since 2000, Big Game Bobby Stoops hasn't been able to come through in the BCS.
Maybe fans should top expecting and start hoping.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Speaking of egotistical, you can't get much more so than calling yourself "The OSU."
Sure, they are the only Ohio State University, so calling themselves "The Ohio State University," is a no-brainer.
That's like U2's Bono calling himself "The Bono." Yeah, everybody gets it.
But "The OSU?" What about Oregon State or Oklahoma State? Give the Beavers and Pokes some credit.
Are you kidding me? Where are we at in society today when a fan base expects so much that they'll call themselves "The OSU?"
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Let me tell you something. God does not care who wins football games.
We have war, natural disasters and people starving all across the globe and have for thousands of years and you think God's priority is helping the Catholics to a national championship?
TCU, SMU and Tulsa are all Christian universities with money, but they don't build anything as arguably blasphemous as Touchdown Jesus.
Notre Dame fans, you are not entitled to football success because of your religion.
Penn State Nittany Lions
While the Nittany Lions might have high expectations, they're a rare fanbase that actually has a sense of loyalty.
Penn State is one of the most respected programs in college football, and that respect is because of Joe Paterno.
Sure, Penn State has gone through some low points over the years, but the team has always managed to come out near the top. The fans know what's going on.
But what happens when the Nittany Lions start losing under Paterno and don't stop? Expectations are such that for each valley Penn State goes through, the peak of a new mountain should be just around the corner.
What happens if the valleys keep getting deeper?
Penn State fans, I respect you. I just fear for the worst.
Cougars fans, it appears you have reached a plateau.
BYU has the best recruiting pool in college football because it spans all 50 states and overseas thanks to the Church of Latter Day Saints.
BYU's missions have really helped put the school in a good light in both athletics and academics.
Coach Bronco Mendenhall has been great for the Cougars, going 49-15 in his five seasons in Provo, and taking BYU to the Las Vegas Bowl each year.
But competition the in the Mountain West Conference is improving and to expect things to be better than second-best in the MWC appears unrealistic.
If the 2010 recruiting class can't get it done in a few seasons, I don't think Bronco can either.
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
Apparently Jeff Bower wasn't good enough for the Golden Eagles despite 14 consecutive winning seasons from 1994-2007. So why not hire Oklahoma State assistant Larry Fedora?
The Golden Eagles play in the Eastern Division of Conference USA and the university is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., what do you expect? An invite to the SEC and a national championship every few years?
Give me a break.
Next to Brett Favre, Bower was the best thing to ever happen to Southern Miss football. It will never get better than him. Even if Fedora takes the Golden Eagles to an undefeated season, he'll jet for the first big job opening he is offered.
You can't say that about the man who made Southern Miss a worthy foe.
I grew up in Oklahoma, but wasn't a Sooner fan. Still, watching the Red River Rivalry every season it was clear that on the football field, the Texas Longhorns were inferior to the Sooners—even if I didn't want to admit it.
Today, Oklahoma is no longer the elite program in the Big 12, Texas is. You can point to 2008 because the Sooners went to the BCS Championship game, falling flat against Florida, but the Longhorns were clearly the better team that season.
Vince Young set the tone for what a Longhorn quarterback should be and Colt McCoy stepped up like a pro throughout his entire career. Now it's Garrett Gilbert's turn and expectations are through the roof.
What if he busts?
Before too long, Oklahoma will be back on top in the Big 12 and the state of Texas will be calling for Mack Brown's head.
Give it a rest and settle for a conference championship every three years or so.
Believe it or not, Rich Rodriguez might have been the best thing to happen to the Wolverine fanbase since Michigan won the AP national championship in 1997 during Lloyd Carr's third season in Ann Arbor.
Carr, whose only college head coaching job was at Michigan, went 122-40 during his career. Unfortunately going 9-4 in his final season was simply unacceptable. I guess you might as well bring in a head coach who in two seasons hasn't combined for nine wins.
Rodriguez has been a great reality check for Michigan, helping put Carr's tremendous career in perspective.
Once Rich Rod is finally run out of town, a seven win season with a new coach every few years will be acceptable.
At least he'll be winning.
The harsh reality is that there will likely never be a coach as good as Tom Osborne to walk the sidelines at Nebraska (and don't be a smart alec saying Osborne still walks the sidelines because he's the Athletic Director).
Nebraska's glory days in the old Big 8 Conference were great and it is sad today that most kids don't know how strong the rivalry between the Cornhuskers and Oklahoma Sooners used to be.
Still, Frank Solich did an outstanding job in Lincoln, going 59-18 in six seasons. But much like Lloyd Carr did in his last year at Michigan, Solich had only nine wins in 2003, and that just wasn't good enough.
I remember thinking when Solich was fired, "What are Nebraska fans going to do if their next coach only wins eight games in 2004, hang him from the goal posts at Memorial Stadium?"
Sure enough, Bill Callahan came in and only won five games in his first and fourth (and final) seasons.
Be thankful for what you have 'husker fans. Bo Pelini might never take Nebraska to a national championship, but he's a darn good coach. Unless Osborne decides to return to coaching, be happy with Pelini.