The Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry is an American School football Competition between the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State University Spartans.
Since 1953, the winner of each year’s game has obtained the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The teams played in 1898 and have met virtually every year since 1910 (exceptions in 1943 and 1944). 44 of the first 50 games were played in Ann Arbor, but since then, U of M and MSU have played 30 home games from every other. The competition became a conference rivalry with Michigan State’s entrance into the Big Six Conference in 1950.
The teams have met 111 times with Michigan winning 70 games, Michigan State winning 36 matches, and five matches end with the score tied. Michigan dominated the series for the first half century, compiling a 33–6–3 album from 1898 to 1949. The tide shifted to Michigan State in the 1950s and 1960s, as the Spartans under head coaches Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty compiled a 14–4–two record in 1950 to 1969. The tide then shifted back to the Wolverines as Michigan compiled a 30–8 album from the Spartans from 1970 to 2007. Since 2008, Michigan State has dominated the series with a 8–3 album.
Michigan State’s longest winning streak from Michigan is four games. Michigan’s longest winning streak from Michigan State is 14 games.
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