Six teams ended 2014 on winning streaks of five games or more.
Ohio State – 13 games.
Last loss: Sept. 6, 2014. 35-21 to Virginia Tech.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech; Sept. 12 vs Hawaii.
*The defending national champs, averaging 47.5 points per game during their winning streak, open against the last team to beat them.
Boise State – 9 games.
Last loss: Sept. 7, 2014. 28-14 to Air Force.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 4 vs Washington; Sept. 12 at Brigham Young
*Each of Boise State’s first three opponents won eight games last year.
Texas Christian – 8 games.
Last loss: Oct. 11, 2014. 61-58 to Baylor.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 3 at Minnesota; Sept. 12 vs Stephen F. Austin
*Tough opener for TCU! Minnesota went 6-1 in Minneapolis last year, and the only loss was by seven against Ohio State.
Memphis – 7 games.
Last loss: Oct. 11, 2014. 28-24 to Houston.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 vs Missouri State; Sept. 12 at Kansas
*The Tigers scored at least 31 points in six of the seven in their streak. Kansas gave up at least that many in five of its last six.
Appalachian State – 6 games.
Last loss: Oct. 11, 2014. 55-48 to Liberty in OT.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 vs Howard; Sept. 12 at Clemson
*Clemson had a high LTI score, with most of the departures to the NFL coming on the defensive side of the ball. App State has 20 starters back, more than any other FBS team in the country. But are the Mountaineers ready for a trip to Death Valley?
Western Kentucky – 5 games.
Last loss: Nov. 1, 2014. 59-10 to Louisiana Tech
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 at Vanderbilt; Sept 10 vs Louisiana Tech
*No way that WKU’s first games of 2015 will compare with its last two of 2014. The Hilltoppers handed Marshall its only loss of the season, 67-66, by converting a 2-point conversion in overtime.
Then, in the Bahamas Bowl, Western Kentucky won 49 -48 by stopping a 2-point conversion in the final seconds after a huge comeback by Central Michigan.
Twelve teams ended 2014 on losing streaks of five games or more.
Georgia State – 11 games.
Last win: Aug. 27, 2014. 38-37 over Abilene Christian.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 4 vs UNC-Charlotte; Sept. 12 at New Mexico State
*Georgia State allowed 44 ppg during its losing streak and was shut out in two of its last four.
New Mexico State – 10 games.
Last win: Sept. 6, 2014. 34-31 over Georgia State.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 at Florida; Sept. 12 vs Georgia State.
*Let’s assume the Aggies aren’t going to win in the Swamp. Georgia State might beat Charlotte on Sept. 4, but if not, the two teams with the longest losing streaks in FBS will play in Las Cruces on Sept. 12.
Colorado – 8 games.
Last win: Sept. 20, 2014. 21-12 over Hawaii.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 3 at Hawaii; Sept. 12 vs Massachusetts.
*Since beating Hawaii last season, the Buffaloes have allowed 43.6 ppg, giving up at least 36 in every contest. Now they open against the last team they beat. Colorado may find Hawaii tougher in the islands than it was in Boulder.
Eastern Michigan – 6 games.
Last win: Oct. 11, 2014. 37-27 over Buffalo.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 vs Old Dominion; Sept. 12 at Wyoming.
*Eagles have been outscored by 26.5 ppg during their losing streak. Over the past six seasons, EMU has gone 2-10 four times and 0-12 once.
Iowa State – 6 games.
Last win: Oct. 11, 2014. 37-30 over Toledo.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 vs Northern Iowa; Sept. 12 vs Iowa.
*Cyclones were only 2-10 a year ago, but both wins came against eventual bowl teams: Iowa and Toledo.
Kentucky – 6 games.
Last win: Oct. 11, 2014. 48-14 over Louisiana- Monroe.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 vs Louisiana-Lafayette; Sept. 12 at South Carolina.
*Kentucky gave up 41 points or more in five of the six games. Better opportunities to break the streak will come later in the season with home games against Eastern Kentucky and
Purdue – 6 games.
Last win: Oct. 4, 2014. 38-27 over Illinois.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 6 at Marshall; Sept. 12 vs Indiana State
*The offensively-challenged Boilermakers scored no more than 16 points in any of their last four games.
San Jose State – 6 games.
Last win: Oct. 18, 2014. 27-20 over Wyoming in OT.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 3 vs New Hampshire; Sept. 12 at Air Force.
*San Jose State was outscored 92-14 over its final three games in 2014.
Nevada-Las Vegas – 6 games.
Last win: Oct. 10, 2014. 30-27 over Fresno State in OT.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 at Northern Illinois; Sept. 12 vs U.C.L.A.
*U.N.L.V. allowed more than 40 ppg during its streak. (Poor defense seems to be a common thread among these teams in the throes of losing streaks.) Only 11 starters return and only five on defense. Of course, maybe that’s good. Could the new guys be any worse?
Florida Atlantic – 5 games.
Last win: October 18, 2014. 45-38 over Western Kentucky.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 at Tulsa; Sept. 11 vs Miami (Fla.)
*Last season the Owls’ first two games were at Nebraska and at Alabama. And it wasn’t pretty:
Outscored 96 to 7.
Southern Mississippi – 5 games.
Last win: Oct. 18, 2014. 30-20 over North Texas.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 5 vs Mississippi State; Sept. 12 vs Austin Peay.
*An awful FCS team will serve to break an FBS losing streak. Austin Peay went 1-11 a year ago, with the losses coming by an average of 37.6 ppg.
Syracuse – 5 games.
Last win: Oct. 18, 2014. 30-7 over Wake Forest.
First two games in ’15: Sept. 4 vs Rhode Island; Sept. 12 vs Wake Forest.
*Anemic offense has been the problem. Orange averaged 9.4 ppg during streak. But not to worry:
The Rhode Island Rams are another awful FCS team, going 0-11 before winning their final game.