As Florida gets set to play it’s SEC opener at the swamp this afternoon, you are probably aware that the Gators haven’t lost a game to Kentucky since Ronald Regan was president. (1987)
Yep, 29 staggering wins in a row in the series, which is the longest current streak over a single opponent in the SEC. But where does that rank among other college football win streaks and other pro sports win streaks?
The longest D-1 college football win streak of all time vs. an opponent is 43 straight home, away or neutral site by Notre Dame over Navy. That is is until 2007, when the Midshipmen stunned the Irish in South Bend as a 25 point underdog . (We’re looking at you Charlie Weis!)
Also, Nebraska pummeled Kansas in then Big 8 play a total of 36 straight times from 1969-2004. Yep. That’s bad.
So the Gators have a ways to go to get to second place, much less, first on the all time college list.
Now, some quick other opponent win streaks that may “Wow” you:
The basketball UNC Tarheels have NEVER lost to Clemson at home in Chapel Hill….they are 58-0 all time. My Lord.
In college basketball overall, the vaunted UCLA Bruins started a streak over Pac-12 opponent Cal-Berkley under legendary Head Coach John Wooden in 1961 and it lasted until 1985 spanning 52 straight games home or away. Domination.
In the NFL, the record for consecutive wins home or away vs. a single opponent is the Shula led Miami Dolphins of the 1970’s (who at one point appeared in 3 straight Super Bowls) defeated the Buffalo Bills 20 consecutive times home or away.
In the NBA, there isn’t a significant home and away streak, but, the San Antonio Spurs have beaten the Golden State Warriors (even with the “Splash Brothers” recently) a remarkable 33 straight times at home in the regular season.
And Finally in the NHL, where the current home streak record over one opponent belongs to the Anaheim Ducks who have beaten Calgary 22 times in a row in California. The Philadelphia Flyers hold the record with 23 straight home wins over Pittsburgh in the 1980’s.
Meanwhile, as good as Kentucky basketball is, the Gators go for an even 30 wins straight today at Steve Spurrier Florida Field. Now that’s taking a “Chomp” outta somebody.