A lot of fans talk about "win consistently" and establish a "program", two terms of uncertain definition. To me (and I think most fans of non-King programs), winning consistently means avoiding the queso bowl. After Northwestern got that 6th win (for the 6th consecutive season), I started wondering what other programs have streaks that long. Turns out, not that many.
Last sub-6 win season:
|Southern Miss||2012 (1993)|
(Note: These are official NCAA records. If you want to be picky, it's "Last sub 6 win season or cheated")
A good number of these have not yet secured a 6th win.
Southern Miss: They finished last year 12-2, ranked #20. The haven't won a game this year (0-8). I know they lost their coach, but Illinois thinks that's a long fall.
At-risk (in roughly the order from most at risk to safest):
Hawaii: 1-6, will likely be underdog in all but one remaining game
Utah: 3-5, face Washington and Arizona
Iowa: 4-4, face Michigan and Nebraska (and an underdog to Indiana?! The team that just won its first conference game in 3 years??? I'll give a Delany dollar to anyone who figures out the last time Indiana was a favorite in a B1G game, not against Purdue or Illinois)
Georgia Tech: 3-5, face Georgia
Missouri: 4-4, face Florida and Texas A&M
TCU: 5-3, face WVU, Kansas State, Texas, and Oklahoma
Michigan State: 5-4, face Nebraska and Northwestern
Oklahoma State: 5-2, face Kansas State, Oklahoma, WVU, and Texas Tech
Virginia Tech: 4-4, face Miami and Florida State. I don't actually think they won't make it to six wins (other games are against Virginia and Boston College), but their last sub ten win season was 2003, and their last sub 8 win season was 1997. Those marks are probably both gone.
Here is the rest of the B1G.
(To the Editors: The comments section on Chrome has been all sorts of bad since the switch, even worse than a couple of other SBN sites).