Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hall, Colledge, Wilson Aim for Super Bowl

Boise State will have three former greats in this weekend's NFC and AFC Championship games.  Fullback Korey Hall and lineman Daryn Colledge lead Green Bay against Atlanta while reserve rookie safety Kyle Wilson hopes to help the New York Jets against Pittsburgh.

The 2010 Super Bowl came and went without any Boise State players, which has been unusual in recent years.  Hopefully, one, two or three players will get in this year.

Seventh Heaven

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.  Boise State has been a great 11-year phenomenon, and has been doing this for a very short time compared to the Michigan's, the Ohio State's, the Alabama's.  But to land in the Top 25 is still impressive.

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 18 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…18 (1993-2010)
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.  Georgia…13 (1997-2009)
18.  Georgia Tech…13 (1997-2009)
18.  Virginia…13 (1987-1999)
22.  Alabama…12 (1985-1996)
22.  Boise State…12 (1999-2010)
22.  Boston College…12 1999-2010
22.  Carlisle…12 (1902-1913)
22.  Mississippi…12 (1952-1963)
22.  Notre Dame…12 (1938-1949)
22.  Oklahoma…..12 1999-2010
22.  Texas…12 (1998-2009)

Bronco Gymnasts Go After #11 Alabama

The Boise State gymnasts suffered a huge setback last week when they lost to Washington for the first time in school history.  The Lady Broncos are still #15 this week and will test themselves on the road against #11 Alabama.

While the rankings are based on scores and not wins, every time Boise State loses a meet, they will fall in the rankings relative to the team they lost to.  If the Broncos are ever going to reach the national championships, they need to prove to themselves more than anyone else that they can beat teams like Alabama. 

My niece was a world-class gymnast, so I would like nothing better than for the Broncos to do well.  I've been trying in vain to get her to come up to Boise, first on the gymnastics team and now as a coach someday!  If Boise State were to climb to another level, it would improve my chances!

I'll be talking more about the meet with Alabama leading up to the meet.  Boise State needs a win like this to make a statement.

Make Plans Now for LOI Day!

I have received word that tickets for the annual Boise State LOI (Letter of Intent) Day celebration will go on sale in the next couple of days.  Details are still being firmed up, but once again the official party will be at the Stueckle Center in Bronco Stadium.

LOI Day is the day set aside when high school football recruits can officially sign their letter of intents indicating their choice where they want to attend school for the next four-five years.  The upcoming 2011 Boise State class appears to be the best one they have ever had.  That sounds like a broken record is being played for several years in a row, but such is the nature of Boise State football over the last 6-7 years.

The original LOI Party was drummed up by KTIK and features a good show with Jeff Caves hosting.  Last year, the show was at Buffalo Wild Wings on Eagle Road.  Those details are also still being worked out.

Once I have further information, I will post it on the blog.