Four from SEC named in 10 ‘most delusional’ fan bases
The Southeastern Conference is home to some of college football’s most passionate fan bases, and every single fan base is looking forward to the season for one reason or another.
College Spun, a Yard Barker site, has identified the country’s top 10 most delusional fan bases, and four from the SEC are in the ranking.
None of the SEC schools were ranked No. 1. That distinction belonged to the Michigan Wolverines.
Here are the schools included, along with a blip for the site’s reasoning:
No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs
Even with all of that being said, the major reason the Bulldogs find themselves at No. 8 is the cries from within the fan ranks to dismiss Richt. Sure, he seems to have been the bridesmaid many times while never actually getting to be the bride, but he’s a fine recruiter and has turned Georgia into a perennial contender. That’s more than we can say for his predecessors Jim Donnan and Ray Goff. If Richt does get bounced, the Georgia opening would be an extremely attractive one, but Bulldog fans should be careful what they wish for, as there’s no guarantees Richt’s replacement would be the one to take the program higher than it’s been.
No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks
But, we caution you, Hogs fans. Eight wins and a bowl berth seem to be in the cards for 2015, but temper your unbridled optimism just a bit. After all, you’re still in the SEC West, and have in-conference road trips to Tuscaloosa, Oxford, Death Valley and Knoxville. Your team is trending in the right direction, but any thoughts of reaching the conference’s upper echelon have to be put on hold for now.
No. 5 Ole Miss Rebels
We expect Ole Miss to be a solid team next year, as they have been throughout Freeze’s tenure so far. If linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche and star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell return to form from season ending 2014 injuries, they have a chance to be very good. We just don’t think any College Football Playoff aspirations are legitimate quite yet, at least until we see someone really take hold of that quarterback job.
No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers
[Butch] Jones has done a lot to prove that he is the man for this long Tennessee rebuild, and 2015 may be the year that the Vols put it all together. It is a bit of a stretch to pencil them in ahead of Mizzou or Georgia yet, and the SEC is such a grind, that there’s a good chance that substantial improvement doesn’t really bear out in wins and losses. Excitement is fine, but UT still has a way to go.
Do you agree with the site’s ranking?