Boise State's 7-Win Streak Reaches 10 Years

The consistent Boise State Broncos have now won seven or more games for ten consecutive years. Boise State put away San Jose State 33-17 last weekend for their seventh win of the season without a defeat. That ties Chris Petersen's team for 29th all-time.

Boise State extended its string of seven or more wins to ten consecutive years with a 33-17 win on the road last night against determined San Jose State.  The streak of seven or more wins by the Broncos is now tied for the 29th  best in the history of college football.  The Broncos have tied the best runs in the history of Arizona State, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Colorado State and Pittsburgh with their streak of seven-win years.  Boise State will need two more consecutive seasons to move into the all-time top 25 and at least seven more to move into the all-time top ten. 

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.  The streak included five national championships, 18 conference championships, 35 consecutive bowl appearances and 260 all-conference selections.  Nebraska produced 67 All-Americans during that period, including Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, Irving Fryar and Dave Rimington, whom the annual award for the best lineman in college football is now named for.  The historic streak and all of its accolades came to a crashing halt when the Cornhuskers finished 2004 by winning just five of 11 games.  

Florida State has compiled a streak of 26 straight seasons that is still current.    The Seminoles have won seven or more games every year since 1982, just barely reaching the feat the past two seasons with seven wins in each year.  Florida State is 6-1 this season and with two more seasons of seven wins can tie Yale for the second best streak in college football history.  FSU has won two national championships, 12 conference championships and produced 26 All-Americans during the stretch, including Heisman Trophy winners Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke

 Michigan also has an active streak of 23 straight years that extends from 1985.  The Wolverines' mark is in serious jeopardy, however.  The school from Ann Arbor is 2-6 this season and cannot lose another game if they want to keep that seven wins streak going.  Michigan has won one national championship and eleven conference championships and has produced Heisman winners Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson as well as quarterback Tom Brady during this streak.   

Oklahoma put together a streak of 22 straight seasons; the Sooners were highly consistent from 1970 to 1991.  Oklahoma captured three national titles, 12 conference championships and featured All-Americans such as Greg Pruitt, Billy Sims and Jamelle Holieway during this run.  

Florida's streak of 20 consecutive seasons that began in 1988 is still current.  They can make it 21 with one more win this season.  During that time, the Gators have won one national championship and six Southeastern Conference titles and produced quarterbacks Danny Wuerffel, Chris Leak and Rex Grossman, running back Fred Taylor and defensive end Jevon Kearse.   

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 last season.   

Ohio State's best streak came between the years of 1972 and 1986, when the Buckeyes ran through 15 consecutive seasons of seven or more wins. Virginia Tech's current streak that began in 1993 has also reached 15 years. 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.  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. 

Tulsa just set a school record last weekend by winning its seventh game for the fourth year in a row.  Up until that time, the school had achieved seven or more wins three different times in their history, 1940-42, 1944-46 and 1974-1976. 

Louisville and Miami of Florida both had put together streaks of nine years but both failed to win seven games last season.

The top streaks in the history of college football are featured below.  The top consecutive season streaks for all of the 119 current Division I-A schools (that have at least two such years in a row) are listed below.  All schools which played Division I football at some point in history that have matched or exceeded Boise State's streak are also listed, as are the current streaks for existing I-A schools. 

If a current Division I-A school does not appear in a list, it has not won seven games more than one year in a row.

 

Consecutive Seasons of Seven or More Wins:

1.  Nebraska…35 (1969-2003)

2.  Yale…28 (1882-1909)

3.  Princeton…27 (1881-1907)

4.  Florida State…26 (1982-current)

5.  Harvard…25 (1886-1910)

5.  Pennsylvania…25 (1888-1912)

7.  Michigan…23 (1985-current)

8.  Oklahoma…22 (1970-1991)

9.  Florida…20 (1988-current)

10.  Miami of Florida…17 (1980-1996)

10.  Notre Dame…17 (1964-1980)

10.  Penn State…17 (1967-1983)

13.  Michigan…16 (1968-1983)

13.  Tennessee…16 (1989-2004)

15.  Ohio State…15 (1972-1986)

15.  Virginia Tech…15 (1993-current)

16.  Oklahoma…14 (1946-1959)

18.  Alabama…13 (1971-1983)

18.  Virginia…13 (1987-1999)

20.  Alabama…12 (1985-1996)

20.  Carlisle…12 (1902-1913)

20.  Georgia…12 (1997-current)

20.  Mississippi…12 (1952-1963)

20.  Notre Dame…12 (1938-1949)

25.  Georgia Tech…11 (1997-current)

25.  Texas A & M…11 (1985-1995)

25.  USC…11 (1972-1982)

25.  Washington…11 (1977-1987)

29.  Alabama…10 (1959-1968)

29.  Arizona State…10 (1955-1964)

29.  Boise State…10 (1999-current)

29.  Colorado…10 1987-1996

29.  Duke…10 (1932-1941)

29.  Colorado State…10 (1994-2003)

29.  Ohio State…10 (1989-1998)

29.  Oklahoma…10 (1999-current)

29.  Pittsburgh…10 (1974-1983)

29.  Texas…10 (1998-current)

29.  USC…10 (1924-1933)

40.  Boston College..9 (1999-current)

40.  Louisville…9 (1998-2007)

40.  Miami of Florida…9 (1998-2007)

40.  Notre Dame…9 (1919-1927)

40.  Ohio State…9 (2000-current)

40.  Stanford…9 (1923-1931)

40.  TCU…9 (1928-1936)

40.  Tennessee…9 (1926-1934)

40.  Tennessee…9 (1965-1973)

40.  Texas…9 (1977-1985)

40.  Texas Tech 2000-current (9)

40.  UCLA…9 (1980-1988)

40.  Washington…9 (1989-1997)

53.  Auburn…8 (1953-1960)

53.  Auburn 2000-current (8)

53.  East Carolina…8 (1972-1979)

53.  Georgia…8 (1980-1988)

53.  Kansas State…8 (1993-2000)

53.  Lafayette…8 (1899-1907)

53.  LSU…8 (2000-current)

53.  Miami of Ohio…8 (1968-1975)

53.  Michigan…8 (1898-1905)

53.  North Carolina…8 (1991-1998)

53.  Ohio State…8 (1979-1986)

53.  Pittsburgh…8 (1931-1938)

53.  Texas… 8 (1968-1975)

53.  USC…8 (1962-1969)

 

 

Streaks of Seven or More Wins:

Akron 2005 (1)

Alabama 1959-1968 (10)

Alabama 1971-1983 (13)

Alabama 1985-1996 (12)

Alabama 2005 (1)

Arizona 1983-1986 (4)

Arizona State 1955-1964 (10)

Arizona State 2004-current (4)

Arkansas 1977-1982 (6)

Arkansas 1984-1989 (6)

Arkansas 2006-current (2)

Army 1930-1934 (5)

Auburn 1953-1960 (8)

Auburn 1982-1990 (9)

Auburn 2000-current (8)

Ball State 1975-1978 (4)

Baylor 1937-1939 (3)

Baylor 1949-1951 (3)

Boise State 1999-current (10)

Boston College 1999-current (9)

BYU 1976-1981 (6)

BYU 2006-current (2)

Bucknell 1933-1934 (2)

Buffalo 1968 (1)

California 1947-1952 (6)

California 2002-current (6)

Central Florida 2005 (1)

Central Michigan 1975-1981 (7)

Central Michigan 2006-current (2)

Cincinnati 2000-2002 (3)

Cincinnati 2006-current (2)

Clemson 1955-1959 (5)

Clemson 2005-current (3)

Colorado 1987-1996 (10)

Colorado State 1994-2003 (10)

Columbia 1931-1934 (4)

Dartmouth 1935-1938 (4)

Dartmouth 1969-1972 (4)

Duke 1932-1941 (10)

East Carolina 1972-1979 (8)

East Carolina 2006-current (2)

Florida 1988-current (20)

Florida State 1982-current (26)

Fresno State 1999-2005 (7)

Georgia 1980-1988 (8)

Georgia 1997-current (12)

Georgia Tech 1997-current (11)

Hawai'i 2001-2004 (5)

Hawai'i 2006-current (2)

Houston 1969-1971 (3)

Houston 2006-current (2)

Idaho 1998-1999 (2)

Indiana 1944-1945 (2)

Indiana 1987-1988 (2)

Iowa 1981-1987 (7)

Iowa State 1976-1978 (3)

Kansas 1946-1948 (3)

Kansas 2007 (1)

Kansas State 1993-2000 (8)

Kent 1973-1974 (2)

Kentucky 1949-1951 (3)

Kentucky 2006-current (2)

Louisiana Tech 1990-1991 (2)

Louisiana Tech 2005 (1)

Louisville 1998-2006 (9)

LSU 1967-1973 (7)

LSU 2000-current (8)

Marshall 1997-2003 (7)

Maryland 1949-1955 (7)

Memphis 1960-1963 (4)

Memphis 1973-1976 (4)

Miami of Florida 1980-1996 (17)

Miami of Florida 1998-2006 (9)

Miami of Ohio 1968-1975 (8)

Michigan 1968-1983 (16)

Michigan 1985-current (23)

Michigan State 1950-1953 (4)

Minnesota 2002-current (4)

Mississippi 1952-1963 (12)

Mississippi 1997-2003 (7)

Mississippi State 1939-1942 (4)

Missouri 1960-1963 (4)

Missouri 1978-1981 (4)

Missouri 2005-current (3)

Navy 2003-current (5)

Nebraska 1969-2003 (35)

Nevada 1992-1996 (5)

New Mexico 2002-2004 (3)

New Mexico State 1965-1967 (3)

North Carolina 1979-1983 (7)

North Carolina 1991-1998 (8)

North Carolina State 1988-1994 (7)

North Texas 1966-1969 (4)

Northern Illinois 2002-2006 (5)

Notre Dame 1919-1927 (9)

Notre Dame 1938-1949 (12)

Notre Dame 1964-1980 (17)

Notre Dame 1987-1993 (7)

Ohio State 1972-1986 (15)

Ohio State 1979-1986 (8)

Ohio State 1989-1998 (10)

Ohio State 2000-current (9)

Oklahoma 1946-1959 (14)

Oklahoma 1970-1991 (22)

Oklahoma 1999-current (10)

Oklahoma State 1930-1932 (3)

Oklahoma State 1974-1976 (3)

Oklahoma State 2002-2004 (3)

Oklahoma State 2006-current (3)

Oregon 1997-2003 (7)

Oregon 2005-current (3)

Oregon State 1966-1968 (3)

Oregon State 2002-2004 (3)

Oregon State 2006-current (2)

Penn State 1967-1983 (17)

Penn State 2005-current (4)

Pittsburgh 1931-1938 (8)

Pittsburgh 1974-1983 (10)

Purdue 1965-1969 (5)

Purdue 2006-current (2)

Rice 1934-1935 (2)

Rice 1953-1954 (2)

Rice 1960-1961 (2)

Rice 1996-1997 (2)

Rutgers 1974-1980 (7)

Rutgers 2005-current (3)

San Diego State 1972-1977 (6)

San Jose State 1974-1976 (3)

San Jose State 1980-1982 (3)

South Carolina 1979-1980 (2)

South Carolina 1987-1988 (2)

South Carolina 2000-2001 (2)

South Carolina 2005-2006 (2)

South Florida 2000-2003 (4)

South Florida 2006-current (2)

SMU 1980-1984 (5)

Southern Mississippi 2002-current (6)

Stanford 1923-1931 (9)

Syracuse 1987-1992 (6)

Syracuse 1994-1999 (6)

TCU 1928-1936 (9)

TCU 2005-current (4)

Temple 1930-1931 (2)

Temple 1934-1935 (2)

Temple 1973-1974 (2)

Temple 1978-1979 (2)

Tennessee 1926-1934 (9)

Tennessee 1965-1973 (9)

Tennessee 1989-2004 (16)

Tennessee 2006-current (2)

Texas 1958-1964 (7)

Texas 1968-1975 (8)

Texas 1977-1985 (9)

Texas 1998-current (11)

Texas A & M 1985-1995 (11)

Texas A & M 2006-current (2)

Texas Tech 2000-current (9)

Toledo 2000-2005 (6)

Troy 2006-current (2)

Tulane 1929-1931 (3)

Tulsa 2005-current (4)

UCLA 1980-1988 (9)

UCLA 2005 (1)

UNLV 1978-1980 (3)

USC 1924-1933 (10)

USC 1962-1969 (8)

USC 1972-1982 (11)

USC 2002-current (7)

Utah 2003-current (6)

Utah State 1960-1963 (4)

Utah State 1971-1974 (4)

UTEP 1948-1950 (3)

Virginia 1987-1999 (13)

Virginia 2007 (1)

Virginia Tech 1993-current (15)

Wake Forest 1939-1940 (2)

Wake Forest 2006-current (2)

Washington 1977-1987 (11)

Washington 1989-1997 (9)

Washington State 2001-2003 (3)

West Virginia 2002-current (6)

Western Michigan 1992-1995 (4)

Western Michigan 1997-2000 (4)

Wisconsin 2002-current (6)

Wyoming 1996-1999 (4)

 

 

 

 

Early Years in College Football:

Brown 1909-1911 (3)

Carlisle 1902-1913 (12)

Cornell 1898-1902 (5)

Dartmouth 1912-1915 (4)

Harvard 1886-1910 (25)

Illinois 1900-1904 (5)

Kansas 1904-1906 (3)

Lafayette 1899-1907 (8)

Michigan 1898-1905 (8)

Minnesota 1900-1905 (6)

Navy 1904-1908 (5)

Northwestern 1898-1901 (4)

Pennsylvania 1888-1912 (25)

Pittsburgh 1914-1917 (4)

Princeton 1881-1907 (27)

Vanderbilt 1908-1912 (5)

Vanderbilt 1926-1930 (5)

Wisconsin 1896-1901 (6)

 


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