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Most Consecutive Non-Losing Seasons in College Football History

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Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno helped Penn State rack up the longest streak of non-losing seasons in college football history.

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In 2008, the Michigan Wolverines limped to a 3-9 finish. It was the Wolverines’ first losing season since 1968, and brought to an end a streak of 40 straight non-losing seasons.

But the Wolverines’ impressive streak isn’t the longest in the history of college football. Instead, the record belongs to Penn State, which enjoyed a streak of 49 non-losing seasons—defined as seasons in which a team finished at least .500—between 1939 and 1987.

Below is a list of the 15 longest streaks of non-losing seasons in college football history.

Penn State: 49 seasons (1939-1987)
Nebraska: 42 (1962-2003)
Notre Dame: 42 (1889-1932)
Michigan: 40 (1968-2007)
Texas: 40 (1893-1932)
Alabama: 38 (1911-1950)
Florida State: 32 (1977-2008) Note: Streak is active
Oklahoma: 29 (1966-1994)
Texas: 29 (1957-1985)
Boston College: 29 (1916-1944)
Florida: 29 (1980-2008) Note: Streak is active
BYU: 28 (1974-2001)
Virginia: 28 (1888-1915)
Washington: 27 (1977-2003)
Michigan: 27 (1982-1918)

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