Michigan State University
Football Facts

Michigan State University Spartans

Team History

Michigan Agricultural College played its first varsity football game in 1896 and spent the early years in the MIAA and then as an independent for nearly 35 years until finally gaining full-time playing status as a Big Ten member in 1953. By this time the Spartans had established themselves as a national power and hit the conference ground running. Since 1950 the Spartans have won 11 Big Ten titles and 6 national championships.

Michigan State has played home games at the same site since 1923, from College Field to Macklin Field to Macklin Stadium and now, Spartan Stadium, with a capacity of just over 75,000. In addition to the 10-10 tie with Notre Dame in the Game of the Century, MSU Spartan Stadium has been the home of 31 Consensus All-Americans.

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Big Ten Facts

  • Seasons as a member: 62
  • Big Ten Championships: 9
  • Championship Frequency: One every 6.9 years
  • Rose Bowl Appearances: 5
  • Rose Bowl Wins: 4
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football Winners: 3
  • Coach of Year Recipients: Denny Stolz, Darryl Rogers, George Perles, John L. Smith, Mark Dantonio (2)
Spartan Team History

icon-michigan-stateMichigan Agricultural College played its first varsity football game in 1896 and spent the early years in the MIAA and then as an independent for nearly 35 years until finally gaining full-time playing status as a Big Ten member in 1953. By this time the Spartans had established themselves as a national power and hit the conference ground running. Since 1950 the Spartans have won 11 Big Ten titles and 6 national championships.

Michigan State has played home games at the same site since 1923, from College Field to Macklin Field to Macklin Stadium and now, Spartan Stadium, with a capacity of just over 75,000. In addition to the 10-10 tie with Notre Dame in the Game of the Century, MSU Spartan Stadium has been the home of 31 Consensus All-Americans

Big Ten Facts
  • Seasons as a member: 62
  • Big Ten Championships: 9
  • Championship Frequency: One every 6.9 years
  • Rose Bowl Appearances: 5
  • Rose Bowl Wins: 4
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football Winners: 3
  • Coach of Year Recipients: Denny Stolz, Darryl Rogers, George Perles, John L. Smith, Mark Dantonio (2)