Alabama takes over nation's longest winning streak following North Dakota State's surprising loss
Nick Saban’s program received another dose of momentum on Saturday evening when FCS power North Dakota State dropped a game against Southern Illinois, which snapped the Bison’s incredible 39-game winning streak.
Starting with a win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl, and through last season’s undefeated championship run, the Crimson Tide’s current 14-game active winning streak is now the longest in college football.
Alabama is the only NCAA football program with an active winning streak in the double digits. Division III program Trinity has the NCAA’s second-longest active streak at nine wins, followed by Oklahoma and Texas A&M at eight, while Ball State, Louisiana and John Carroll (DIII) have each won seven straight, according to Bama OnLine.
The Bison loss was historic. The 39-game winning streak was not only the longest in FCS history, but it was also the third-longest in NCAA history, trailing only Oklahoma and Washington. The Sooners won 47 straight games from 1953-57, while the Huskies had a 40-game winning streak from 1908-14.
The Bison trailed early in the 38-14 defeat on Saturday as Southern Illinois built a 17-7 halftime lead only after North Dakota State scored on a Hail Mary to end the first half.
Alabama’s first tests this season begin with Miami in Atlanta on Sept. 4. The Crimson Tide then plays Mercer, before their first SEC game at Florida on Sept. 18.