For a brief span of time this past Saturday, it looked as if Army could pull off the improbable and defeat the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal. In the end Stanford won, but not before the Black Knights – a four-touchdown underdog – made us believe that the outcome was in question.
Personally, I was hoping for an Army victory. I have nothing against Stanford, but it has been too long since Army has won a marquee game in Michie Stadium. In fact, the last time Army defeated an AP ranked opponent at home was back in 1972. The Black Knights have now dropped their last 15 games at home against ranked opponents. Believe it or not that isn’t a record – not even close.
Temple has lost their last 36 games at home against ranked opponents; a record streak that dates back to 1937. In a few weeks Temple’s dubious streak will most likely continue when they host Louisville, but maybe Temple – like Army – can make us believe in the improbable.
Longest Home Losing Streaks to AP Ranked Opponents
|School||Losing Streak||From||Last Loss in Streak||Last Win (If Active Streak)|
|Temple (PA)||36 games||1937||Active||1936: vs. No. 13 Holy Cross (MA), 3-0|
|Vanderbilt (TN)||32 games||1992||2007 (won in 2008)|
|Rice (TX)||27 games||1975||1993 (won in 1994)|
|Texas Christian||23 games||1962||1981|
|Duke (NC)||22 games||1996||Active||1994: vs. No. 13 Virginia, 28-25|
|Oklahoma St.||22 games||1979||1995 (won in 1997)|
|Kansas St.||21 games||1971||1981|
|Tulane (LA)||21 games||1985||Active||1983: vs. No. 9 Florida St., 34-28|
|Iowa St.||20 games||1938||1972|
|Kansas St.||20 games||1937||1969|
|Northwestern (IL)||20 games||1972||1990 (won in 1991)|