Boise State One Year Short of History

All eyes will be on Boise next season to see if the Broncos can win at least seven games. If Boise State is able to achieve that feat, they will become just the 16th school in college football history to win seven or more games each year of a decade.

With its win over San Jose State last weekend, Boise State recorded its seventh win of the season against no defeats.  Fans and recruits should be able to recognize a pattern here, because the Broncos have won seven or more games every year since 1999.  With one more such season, Boise State can become the 16th school in the history of college football to win seven or more games each year in a decade.  (A decade is defined as beginning with a year ending in 0 and ending in a year ending with 9:  example 1950-1959, 1990-1999, 2000-2009)


This achievement reflects consistent success, and shows the ability to win year in and year out.   Thus far, it has only been achieved 25 times in major college history.    Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Texas, Texas Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech, LSU, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Michigan have won seven or more every year this decade and are still in line to record the feat if they win seven games this season. 


Oklahoma accomplished the feat three times (50's, 70's and 80's) and a similar performance this decade would set a record for the most times that one school has done it.  Nebraska accomplished the feat three times (70's, 80's and 90's) as well but will not do it this decade since the Cornhuskers finished 5-6 in 2004.   


Michigan and Penn State both won seven or more games each year of the 70's and 90's.  Notre Dame did it in the 40's and 70's.  Harvard, Pennsylvania and Yale achieved the feat twice in the 1890's and 1900's


BYU, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Virginia and Miami of Florida recorded the feat once last century.  Princeton did it once in the 19th century.


Noticeably absent from this list of schools are USC, Ohio State and Texas, although as noted above the Longhorns and Buckeyes can achieve the feat this decade.


Schools that have won matched or exceeded Boise State's achievement of winning seven or more games in nine years of a decade are listed below.  Schools that have been successful this decade are also shown.


Decade:  Alabama 60's (9), 70's (9), 80's (9), 90's (9), Auburn 50's (7), 80's (8), 00's (8), Boise State 00's (9), Arizona State 60's (8), 70's (8), Arkansas 60's (8), 80's (9), Boston College 00's (8), BYU 80's (10), 90's (8), California 20's (7), 00's (6), Carlisle 1900's (8), Clemson 50's (7), 80's (8), Colorado 90's (9), Colorado State 90's (7), Cornell 1900's (7), East Carolina 70's (8), Florida 80's (8), 90's (10), 00's (9),  Florida State 80's (9), 90's (10), 00's (8),  Fresno State 00's (7), Furman 20's (7), Georgia 40's (7), 80's (9), 00's (9), Georgia Tech 40's (7), 00's (8), Harvard 1880's (7), 1890's (10), 1900's (10), 1910's (7), Iowa 80's (7), Kansas State 90's (8), Lafayette 1900's (9),  LSU 60's (8), 70's (7), 80's (7), 00's (8), Louisville 00's (7),  Maryland 70's (7), Miami of Florida 80's (10), 90's (9), 00's (7), Miami, OH 70's (8), Michigan 1890's (7), 1900's (6), 40's (7), 70's (10), 80's (9), 90's (10), 00's (8), Michigan State 50's (7), Mississippi 50's (8), 60's (8), Nebraska 1900's (8), 70's (10), 80's (10), 90's (10), North Carolina 70's (7), 90‘s (8), North Carolina State 70's (7), 00's (5), Northern Illinois 00's (5), Notre Dame 20's (9), 40's (10), 70's (10), 90's (8), Ohio State 70's (9), 80's (8), 90's (9), 00's (9), Oklahoma 50's (10),  70's (10), 80's (10), 00's (9), Oregon 00's (7), Oregon State 00's (6), Penn State 60's (7), 70's (10), 80's (8), 90's (10), Pennsylvania 1890's (10), 1900's (10), Pittsburgh 30's (8), Princeton 1880's (9), 1890's (10), 1900's (8), Purdue 00's (6), Rutgers 70's (7), San Diego State 70's (8), USC 20's (7), 60's (8), 70's (8), 80's (7), 00's (6), Southern Mississippi  00's (7), Stanford 20's (7), Syracuse 60's (7), 90's (9), Tennessee 30's (7), 40's (7), 70's (7), 80's (7), 90's (10), 00's (7), Texas 40's (8), 60's (8), 70's (9), 80's (7), 00's (9), Texas A & M 90's (9), TCU 30's (8), 00's (5), Texas Tech 00's (9), Toledo 00's (6), UCLA 80's (9), 00's (4), Utah 90's (7), 00's (7), Utah State 60's (7), Virginia 90's (10), Virginia Tech 90's (7), 00's (8), Washington 80's (9), 90's (9), West Virginia 80's (7), 00's (8), Western Michigan 90's (8), Wisconsin 00's (7), Yale 1880's (8), 1890's (10), 1900's (10)


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