The 8 Most Overrated Fan Bases In College Football

first_imgStudent fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheer for their team against the Temple Owls.SOUTH BEND, IN – AUGUST 31: Student fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheer for their team against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on August 31, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Fan bases make college football. Perhaps no sport has a more vast array of unique, different fan bases, that have different traditions and values. Many of them are among the most noteworthy fan bases in all of sports.College football is very much a lifestyle. There are fans that will show up for a college football Saturday on a Wednesday, and spend half the week tailgating and preparing for the four hours after kick-off.There are fans like that from the schools on our list here. However, these schools have reputations that exceed the realities of how die-hard the majority of the fan base actually is.Here are the eight most overrated fan bases in college football:8. Notre Dame Student fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheer for their team against the Temple Owls.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Fighting Irish definitely have some die hard fans. It is hard to get a ticket to any game in South Bend, and there is a reason that Notre Dame can take the “Shamrock Series” all over the country and fill big stadiums for games.It is this same national fan base that makes Notre Dame fans the butt of many jokes for other huge college football fan bases. While those in SEC country and at many Big Ten schools grew up living and dying with their local team, Notre Dame fans often latch on no matter where they lived or whether they have any actual connection to the school. As you can imagine, this leads to some pretty flighty fans that chime up about the Fighting Irish when things are going well, but not so much otherwise.7. Florida Florida Gator fans celebrate following the Gators win over the Eastern Michigan Eagles.(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)It hasn’t been that long since Florida was the top program in the country. The Swamp is one of the more prominent stadiums in the SEC, but it hasn’t exactly been the most ferocious environment as of late.Through the Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain tenures, the team has suffered plenty of tough losses in Gainesville, none worse than the one to then-FCS Georgia Southern. That ultimately cost Muschamp his job. This whole stretch has been a real blow to the mystique of Gator fans.6. USC USC Trojans fans cheer in the game against the Washington State Cougars.(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)The entire Pac-12 has something of an enthusiasm gap. That doesn’t end with the Trojans.USC is the most historic and notable program in the conference, and enter most seasons with national championship aspirations. The Trojans are also one of the few programs that can recruit with the top of the SEC and Big Ten. However, USC doesn’t have the same level of fervent fan interest.The Coliseum provides a pretty cool atmosphere. The fans just aren’t as crazy as most of the other programs of USC’s standing.Next: No. 5-1 >>> Pages: Page 1 Page 2last_img

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