Sep 152013

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 21 games 1984 1998  
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)  


Sources: College Football Data Warehouse and College Football at


  One Response to “Longest Home Losing Streaks to AP Ranked Opponents”

  1. Southern Miss. football is currently 0-18 dating back to 3 years ago. For bowl eligible DI schools that play top 25 teams, they have the longest modern losing streak. The baseball program & school faked stats & gave fake HR’s to players who hit 0. I would raise USM’s taxes.

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