Streaking into September
Rees was instrumental in ND's late-season finish
Rees was instrumental in ND's late-season finish
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Posted Jun 24, 2011


The Irish aren’t the only team looking to build on a season-ending winning streak from 2010.

Below is a look at 12 FBS schools that concluded the 2010 season with at least a four-game winning streak, as well as their prospects for continuing a run of success through September.

  1. Auburn (15) – Last lost in the 2009 Iron Bowl to Alabama. The Tigers bounced back with a bowl win over Northwestern to conclude the '09 season, then sailed through 2010 to capture the BCS Title. War Eagle could suffer its first loss in a 22-month span during one of two September tilts: home vs. Mississippi State in Week Two, or the following Saturday at Clemson.

  2. TCU (13) – Finished undefeated last season, last tasting defeat in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl vs. Boise State. Look for the Horned Frogs to be tested at Air Force in Week Two.

  3. Stanford (8) – The Cardinal hasn’t dropped a decision since the Saturday after they downed the Irish in South Bend, traveling to Eugene to absorb a beating at the hands of Oregon. Stanford could reach 6-0 – and 19 straight overall – when it travels to meet the Men of Troy in late-October.

  4. Tulsa (7) – The Golden Hurricane started its streak one week prior to its 28-27, late-October upset in South Bend. Tulsa averaged 45.8 ppg during its season-ending tear. New head coach Bill Blankenship and his squad will likely receive a rude awakening in the opener at Oklahoma, and must also take on Oklahoma State and travel to Boise in a murderous September.

  5. Nevada (7) – Defeated BCS #2 Boise as part of its run of victories, later handling Boston College in something called the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, (though I think that might be made-up). Nevada travels to Oregon to begin 2011. Enjoy…

  6. Ohio State (6) – Things have, um, changed a bit, in Columbus...

    The Buckeyes haven't lost since mid-October at Wisconsin, technically their only defeat of 2011, at least until the NCAA begins to impose its sanctions. Ohio State travels to Miami in Week Three for its first in-season test.

  7. Miami, Ohio (6) – Former Michigan State assistant Don Treadwell takes over at his alma mater for the deposed Mike Haywood after the latter led the Red hawks from 1-11 in 2009, to 10-2, a bowl victory, and six-game winning streak to conclude 2010. Miami travels to Missouri to start the season and hosts Cincinnati in early October, but doesn’t face three of their four toughest conference foes – Temple, Western Michigan, and Ohio, until the final three weeks of the season.

  8. Oklahoma (5) – Hasn’t lost since Texas A&M handled them at Kyle Field, 33-19 in early November. The Sooners exploded offensively thereafter, then beat Nebraska in the Big 12 Title Game – a historic victory in the best rivalry of the 70s and early 80s considering the Huskers exit from the conference following the contest – and destroyed Connecticut in a Fiesta Bowl mismatch. Bob Stoops’ squad faces an explosive Tulsa team in Week One, then travels to Tallahassee for Week Two for potential streak-breakers from the jump.

  9. Notre Dame (4) – Won four straight after dropping back-to-back contests vs. Navy and Tulsa to conclude October. The Irish will be challenged in September, traveling to Michigan and Pittsburgh while hosting South Florida and Michigan State – four bowl teams from 2010.

  10. Air Force (4) – A quartet of season-ending wins included a mini-upset of Georgia Tech in the Independence bowl. The Falcons host TCU in Week Two then travel to Navy and Notre Dame to start October.

  11. Central Florida (4) – George O’Leary’s 11-win season included four straight to end the year, with a Liberty Bowl stifling of Georgia as the landmark victory. The Knights host Boston College and travel to BYU in September.

  12. Washington (4) – An unlikely four-game streak included a stunning upset of disinterested Nebraska, 19-7, in the Holiday Bowl (the ‘Huskers had destroyed the Huskies, 56-21 in September). Washington hosts Hawaii (10 wins last fall) in Week Two, then must travel to Nebraska in Week Three this fall, marking the third meeting between the programs in exactly 365 days.

Odds and Ends...

20 straight is a realistic number for Auburn, but the Tigers must take down South Carolina in Columbia to reach that goal...The Mountain West, Pac-10, and Conference USA each placed a pair of teams on the list...The MWC tandem, Air Force and TCU, meet in Week Two, while Central Florida and Tulsa – two C-USA teams on the list – don't meet until early November, a Thursday night battle in Tulsa...Stanford travels to Washington in mid-October; the Cardinal shut-out the Huskies 41-0 last season...Oklahoma and Notre Dame face multiple land mines prior to mid-October.

All Good Things Must End: An estimate regarding the end of each team's winning streak:

  • Auburn: I think the streak will end at Clemson in Game Three, but in South Carolina (Game Five) at the latest...
  • TCU: After surviving Week Two in Colorado Springs, look for the Horned Frogs to get rolled at Boise State in Game 10, ending an impressive 22-game streak...
  • Stanford: A 20-game winning streak comes to an end at USC in late-October, following a 7-0 start...
  • Tulsa: At Oklahoma to begin the season...
  • Nevada: At Oregon in the season opener...
  • Ohio State: At Miami in Week Three...
  • Miami (Ohio): The opener at Missouri...
  • Oklahoma: In fired-up Tallahassee, Game Two...
  • Notre Dame: At some point in September, according to my recent prediction...
  • Air Force: At home in Week Two vs. TCU. Should they pull off an upset, look for Navy or Notre Dame to take down the Falcons in early October road trips for UAF...
  • Central Florida: At home vs. Boston College in Week Two...
  • Washington: At Nebraska in Week Three...in epic fashion.

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