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Saturday, November 9, 2013


(for the long version of this article, click here)

It's time to review the true status of the football rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan. Wolverine fans are constantly bragging about their "all-time wins record", but to do so, they are actually counting rugby scrimmages from the late 1800s as "football". Let's take a look at the last ten years of the series.

Last 10 Football Games Between MSU and UM
  • Ten Game Record = MSU 5, UM 5
  • Non-Overtime Record = MSU 4, UM 3
  • Total Points = MSU 267, UM 228 (MSU + 39)

  • MSU TEN YEAR TOTAL = 73-50 (.594)
  • Six bowl games, two wins
  • Current Bowl Games in a row = 6
  • Biggest Bowl Win Streak = 2
  • League Championships = 1
  • Division Titles = 1

  • UM TEN YEAR TOTAL = 76-46 (.623)
  • Nine bowl games, two wins
  • Current Bowl Games in a row = 3
  • Biggest Bowl Win Streak = 1
  • League Championships = 1
  • Division Titles = 0

BOTTOM LINE:  Michigan State has a better bowl streak in progress, as well as a better bowl-win streak. Seems that MSU has "measured up" with league championships and division titles over the last decade. The series is tied in wins/losses, and the Spartans lead in points scored.


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  1. This is very good, very accurate, very comprehensive. Such so that I hesitate to make the following suggestion.

    Perhaps it would improve this to include the records, etc. for the current coaches and the current seniors (or red-shirt seniors)? After all, they are who we are watching today.

  2. We can do that. I will be updating the "Master Article" in this series each week to reflect current data, as well as posting an updated bullet-point-article with the decade-based information. I can add those elements in.

    The red-shirt senior data basically comprises a five-year span, and this series was targeted at the ten-year span, but I'll start adding those data-points next week.

    I think we've reached a milestone in the series against UM, as we can now point to a full decade of parity.

  3. "It's not over. It will never be over. It's just starting."

    - Nov. 3, 2007, MSU Head Coach Mark Dantonio


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