Saturday, October 29, 2011

Boise State Moves Up to 18th All-Time for Consecutive Seven-Win Seasons

Boise State consistently shows up in the all-time Top 10 in several football categories, but Boise State's run of success has lasted scarcely over a decade.  This list showing consecutive seasons with seven or more victories requires more consistency.  The teams that make this list are generally the landmark teams, the giants of college football.

With Boise State's win over Air Force, the Broncos extended their streak of seven-win seasons to 13, which is tied for 18th all-time.  The Broncos will make the Top 10 of all-time if they can continue to consistently win for six more seasons.  

For the Broncos to truly get respect, however, they will need to stay consistent for at least another decade.  Given that they land near the top in about every other category, if the Broncos can reach the Top 10 in this list, most will feel at that time that they belong.  There will of course be a scattering of skeptics.  But you can't please everyone...

Nebraska put together the most amazing run in the history of football by winning seven or more games every year from 1969 to 2003, an incredible streak of 35 straight seasons. That all came to a crashing halt when the Cornhuskers finished 2004 by winning just five of 11 games.

Florida State has compiled a streak of 29 straight seasons that is still current. The Seminoles have won seven or more games every year since 1982. Michigan had a great recent streak of 23 years that ended in 2008 when the Wolverines were 3-9. Florida’s streak of 23 consecutive seasons that began in 1988 is still current. Oklahoma put together a streak of 22 straight seasons; the Sooners were highly consistent from 1970 to 1991.  Coach Frank Beamer has guided Virginia Tech to seven or more wins every season since 1993, giving the Hokies 19 consecutive seasons.

Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Miami of Florida each achieved the feat 17 straight seasons, with the Wolverines winning seven or more from 1968 to 1983, the Fighting Irish recording the feat in the years 1964-1980, the Nittany Lions putting together seasons of seven or more wins from 1967 to 1983 and the Hurricanes doing it from 1980 to 1996. Tennessee’s streak of 16 straight seasons (1989-2004) ended when the Volunteers went 5-6 in 2005.

Ohio State’s best streak came between the years of 1972 and 1986, when the Buckeyes ran through15 consecutive seasons of seven or more wins. Oklahoma put together a run of 14 straight years from 1946 to 1959, the 14th best streak of all-time. Virginia racked up seven or more wins from 1987-1999, 13 consecutive seasons. Alabama put together streaks of 13 (1971-1983), 12 (1985-1996) and 10 (1959-1968).

Mississippi won seven or more from 1952 to 1963, a streak of 12 seasons, matched by Notre Dame’s run from 1938 to 1949. A Texas streak of 12 consecutive seven-win seasons ended this year when the Longhorns were 5-7.  USC’s top streak was in the years 1972-1982, 11 straight seasons. Washington’s most successful years came from 1977-1987 when they too won seven or more games in eleven straight seasons. Texas A & M matched the Huskies’ streak from 1985 to 1995. Arizona State enjoyed ten consecutive seasons of seven or more wins from 1955-1964. Alabama (1959-1968), USC (1924-1993), Colorado (1987-1996), Colorado State (1994-2003), Ohio State (1989-1998), Pittsburgh (1974-1983) and Duke (1932-1941) also had ten seasons of seven or more wins.

Yale dominated football in the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century, winning seven or more games for 28 straight seasons (1882-1909). Princeton strung 27 such years together (1881-1907) and Pennsylvania (1888-1912) and Harvard (1886-1910) both had 25 consecutive seasons in roughly the same time period. Carlisle, which featured running back Jim Thorpe, won seven or more games from 1902-1913, a streak of twelve seasons.

The top streaks in the history of college football are featured below.

Consecutive Seasons of Seven or More Wins:
1.  Nebraska…35 (1969-2003)
2.  Florida State…29 (1982-2010)
3.  Yale…28 (1882-1909)
4.  Princeton…27 (1881-1907)
5.  Harvard…25 (1886-1910)
5.  Pennsylvania…25 (1888-1912)
7.  Florida…23 (1988-2010)
7.  Michigan…23 (1985-2007)
9.  Oklahoma…22 (1970-1991)
10.  Virginia Tech…19 (1993-2011)
11.  Miami of Florida…17 (1980-1996)
11.  Notre Dame…17 (1964-1980)
11.  Penn State…17 (1967-1983)
14.  Michigan…16 (1968-1983)
14.  Tennessee…16 (1989-2004)
16.  Ohio State…15 (1972-1986)
17.  Oklahoma…14 (1946-1959)
18.  Alabama…13 (1971-1983)
18.  Boise State…13 (1999-2011)
18.  Georgia…13 (1997-2009)
18.  Georgia Tech…13 (1997-2009)
18.  Virginia…13 (1987-1999)
23.  Alabama…12 (1985-1996)
23.  Boston College…12 1999-2010
23.  Carlisle…12 (1902-1913)
23.  Mississippi…12 (1952-1963)
23.  Notre Dame…12 (1938-1949)
23.  Oklahoma…..12 1999-2010
23.  Texas…12 (1998-2009)

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