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Saturday, November 16, 2013


Let's 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". Here's 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 = 74-50 (.597)
  • 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 = 77-46 (.626)
  • 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. As an interesting side note, over the past 10 seasons, Little Missygan had a conference (regular season) record of 51-29 versus the MSU record of 42-38.

    However, over the past 5 seasons the records are Little Missygan 18-22 and the Spartans 27-13.

    Seems there has been a shift in the balance of power.

  2. 76 - That's good data to have on next series will be the five-year picture, for Football and both Basketball programs...I just wanted to start with the ten-year look since that is an undeniably relevant time-span.

    Question: Are those numbers the last 40 games, including increments of this year and 2008?

  3. The 5 & 10 year conference records do not include this season. MSU is 6-0 and UolM is 3.3, so the gap is widening even as we watch.


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