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The Longest Losing Streaks in College Football History

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The Duke Blue Devils own two of college football's longest losing streaks.

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The Northwestern Wildcats own one record that they probably would like stricken from the record books: The longest losing streak in college football history.

Between 1979 and 1982, the Wildcats lost 34 straight games. That’s six more than their nearest competitors, the Virginia Cavaliers, who lost 28 between 1958 and 1961, and the Kansas State Wildcats, who also lost that many between 1945 and 1948.

Below is a list of the other program that have suffered through lengthy losing streaks. Only streaks of at least 20 games are included.

Northwestern: 34 games (1979-1982)
Virginia: 28 (1958-1961)
Kansas State: 28 (1945-1948)
New Mexico State: 27 (1988-1990)
Eastern Michigan: 27 (1980-1982)
Colorado State: 26 (1960-1963)
Duke: 23 (1999-2002)
Northern Illinois: 23 (1996-1998)
Duke: 22 (2005-2007)
Ball State: 21 (1999-2000)
South Carolina: (1998-2000)
Kent State: 21 (1981-1983)
New Mexico: 21 (1967-1969)
Temple: 20 (2004-2006)
TCU: 20 (1974-1975)
Florida State: 20 (1972-1974)

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