The Michigan—Michigan State football Competition 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 match has obtained the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The teams first played in 1898 and have met almost every year since 1910 (exceptions in 1943 and 1944). 44 of those first 50 games have been played in Ann Arbor, but since then, U of M and MSU have played 30 home games from each other. The competition became a summit 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 games, and five games end with the score tied. Michigan dominated the series for the first half century, compiling a 33—6—3 album in 1898 to 1949. The tide shifted to Michigan State in the 1950s and 1960s, as the Spartans under head coach Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty compiled a 14—4—two album from 1950 to 1969. The tide then shifted back into the Wolverines as Michigan compiled a 30—8 album against the Spartans from 1970 to 2007. Since 2008, Michigan State has dominated the show with an 8—3 album.
Michigan State’s longest winning streak against Michigan is four games. Michigan’s longest winning streak against Michigan State is 14 games.
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