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Wayne Staats | | February 20, 2021

The longest active FCS win streaks going into the 2020-21 season

North Dakota State's football dynasty

As the three-time defending national champion, it comes as no surprise that North Dakota State has the longest active winning streak in the FCS.

Last season, the Bison broke their own record for the longest FCS win streak ever. NDSU has won 38 games in a row, bettering the previous mark of 33 (North Dakota State 2012-14).

Below, find the longest active winning streaks in the FCS going into the 2020-21 season.

1. North Dakota State — 37 games

The Bison haven't lost since rival South Dakota State beat them 33-21 on Nov. 4, 2017. NDSU responded to that loss by winning three more national titles to add to its pile. In 2017, the Bison defeated defending national champion James Madison for the title, 17-13. In 2018, North Dakota State beat Eastern Washington by 14 to complete a 15-0 season. The Bison then went 16-0 in 2019, topping JMU for the championship 28-20.

NDSU then beat Central Arkansas in October 2020, 39-28.

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2. Yale — 6 games

Princeton held the No. 2 spot on the active wins list going into 2019, but now it's fellow Ivy school Yale holding down the second-longest run. The Bulldogs lost just once last season, to Dartmouth on Oct. 12. Yale then won its final six games, including a 50-43 2OT win against rival Harvard to close the season. Yale ended the season 9-1.

3 (tied). Charleston Southern — 4 games

The season didn't start off well at 0-4, but the losses came to FBS South Carolina and four ranked FCS schools. By season's end, the Buccaneers won their final four games to go 6-6 (4-2 Big South).

3 (tied). Dayton — 4 games

A 4-0 run to close the season helped the Flyers post an 8-3 record in 2019. Dayton outscored its opponents during the last month of the season, scoring 49, 59, 46 and 51 points. For the season, the Flyers averaged 42.6 points and 466.3 yards per game. QB Jack Cook passed for 2,697 yards with 33 touchdowns and rushed for 12 scores.

3 (tied). Eastern Washington — 4 games

The 2019 season was an odd one for EWU. Coming off a runner-up finish, the Eagles started the season ranked in the top 5 but struggled to a 3-5 start. However, Eastern Washington then won its last four games to go 7-5.

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6 (tied). Colgate — 3 games

Though Colgate went only 4-8, the Raiders bunched up their wins at the end to go into next season on a three-game streak. Colgate started the season ranked but a 0-7 start secured a losing season. The Raiders then ended strongly, including wins against Georgetown, Fordham and Lafayette. 

6 (tied). North Carolina A&T — 3 games

A three-game run meant the Aggies won the Celebration Bowl for the third season in a row and fourth time in five years. After getting upset by Morgan State, A&T rolled. The Aggies defeated Bethune-Cookman by 30, North Carolina Central by 54 and Alcorn State by 20.

6 (tied). Prairie View A&M — 3 games

The Panthers were 3-5 when they put together three in a row to clinch a winning season. Prairie View A&M beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Edward Waters and Alabama State in its streak.

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6 (tied). South Carolina State — 3 games

The Bulldogs just missed out on having a six-game winning streak during last season. South Carolina State lost 22-20 to North Carolina A&T after beating Morgan State and Bethune-Cookman in October. Even if the defeat kept South Carolina State from playing in the Celebration Bowl, the Bulldogs did win out after that, beating Howard, North Carolina Central and Norfolk State.

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