Boise State and Iowa: Nobody beats them soundly in football. (Almost no one beats Boise, period.)

Mike Hlas
Published: December 20 2010 | 1:42 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 6:33 pm in
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Quick, name the last football team to beat Iowa by more than one score (nine points or more).

Hint: Its nickname is the Broncos. No, not Boise State.  (More on the Iowa-Boise State connection in a moment).

Western Michigan 28, Iowa 19. The last game of the 2007 season for Iowa.

The Hawkeyes have 11 losses between the start of the 2008 season and now, but none have been by more than one score. Which is a little incredible. Eleven losses, all by seven points or less. You could argue that says something very good about the Iowa program because it's been competitive in every game for three years, or you could say it says something not so good because it has lost 11 close games in that stretch. Feel free to cast your argument for either side in the comments section. I'm just putting this out there because it strikes me as a freakish stat.

Only one of the other 119 FBS programs in the nation hasn't lost by more than one score in the last three season. That's where the other Broncos, the ones from Boise, come into play. Boise State is a rather-sterling 37-2 since 2008, with a 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl loss to TCU in '08 and a 34-31 overtime loss to Nevada this year. TCU, 35-3 the last three seasons, has just one two-score loss, that a 35-10 whipping at Oklahoma in 2008.

Here are the Big Ten three-year records (2008-2010) and the number of losses by 9 points or more:

Ohio State 32-6 (2)

Penn State 29-9 (6)

Nebraska 29-11 (3)

Wisconsin 28-10 (6)

Iowa 27-11 (0)

Michigan State 26-12 (6)

Northwestern 24-14 (9)

Minnesota 16-22 (15)

Michigan 15-21 (14)

Illinois 14-22 (15)

Purdue 13-23 (14)

Indiana 12-24 (16)

Other notable teams:

Boise State 37-2 (0)

TCU 35-3 (1)

Alabama 35-5 (3)

Utah 33-5 (3)

Florida 33-7 (4)

Oregon 32-6 (5)

Oklahoma 31-9 (5)

Virginia Tech 31-9 (2)

Texas 30-9 (4)

USC 29-10 (4)

Missouri 28-11 (6)

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