2012 New Mexico Bowl scoreboard

It’s not always easy to end up on the right side of a bowl scoreboard.
Photo by Wildcat Universe

Two seasons, two bowl wins for Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats. It’s not as common a feat as you might think and a third consecutive postseason victory could put the UA in really select company.

There is certainly no shortage of bowl games at the FBS level of college football. Thirty-five contests last December and January meant 35 teams ended their season with a win. Before that, 35 more trophies were handed out following the 2012 season. Only 16 schools, however, can claim a bowl championship in each of the past two years:

Most Consecutive Years Winning a Bowl Game, Active

RankSchoolStreak
1Florida St.6
2tLouisiana Laf.3
2tMichigan St.3
2tOregon3
2tSouth Carolina3
2tTexas A&M3
7tARIZONA2
7tArkansas St .2
7tCentral Florida2
7tClemson2
7tLouisville2
7tMississippi2
7tSyracuse2
7tTexas Tech2
7tUtah St.2
7tVanderbilt2

(Sometimes the hardest part of keeping track of these records is naming them.)

It wasn’t difficult to find this data but the Cats know it’s not always easy winning these winter games.

When it comes to overall bowl win streaks Arizona still has work to do:

Longest Active Bowl Winning Streak

RankSchoolWins
1tFlorida St.6
1tMississippi6
3Texas Tech4
4tCentral Florida3
4tKansas3
4tLouisiana Laf.3
4tMarshall3
4tMichigan St.3
4tOregon3
4tSan Jose St.3
4tSouth Carolina3
4tSouth Florida3
4tSyracuse3
4tTexas A&M3

This one I had to piece together myself. I was surprised to find only three programs with current streaks longer than three wins. It wasn’t that long ago that Utah won nine straight bowls, tied for the second-longest streak of all time.

The fact that FSU is No. 1 on all these lists is extremely impressive. Of course, you’re bound to have some good runs when you’re strong enough to play in a bowl game for 32 consecutive seasons and counting.

While the Seminoles are adding to their streak through dominance some programs are protecting their streaks via incompetence. Kansas can say it’s undefeated in bowl games over the past decade but the Jayhawks have only appeared in three since 2003 and none in the last five seasons. You know what they say: You can’t win if you don’t play (but you can’t lose either)!

Back in Tucson, earning another bowl appearance would be a significant milestone as RichRod continues to build the Arizona program. Just getting to the postseason for the third consecutive year would match the UA’s school record.

But if you’re going to keep going to bowl games you may as well keep winning them.

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