Michigan State Spartans

The School

Michigan State University was founded February 12, 1855, dedicated May 13, 1857 and opened for classes May 14. Created by Morrill Act of 1862, signed by Abraham Lincoln. Its gone through six name changes starting as an agricultural college to full university. The first football game was played in 1896.

The Mascot

Legend has it, that in 1926, Michigan State held a contest to pick a nickname for their sports teams. A Lansing sportswriter was supposed to make the announcement, but apparently didn't care for the name that was picked. So, he made up his own. And they've been the Michigan State Spartans ever since.

At A Glance

Last Game

Next Game

Jonathan Smith (1979)
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Nov 24, 2023
#11 Penn State
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Ford Field
Aug 30, 2024
Florida Atlantic
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Season Summary

Season Record Week 1
Rank (AP)
Final Rank
(AP/CFP)
Conf
Champs
Nat
Champs
2023 4-8
2022 5-7 #15
2021 11-2 #11/10
2020 2-5
2019 7-6 #18
2018 7-6 #11
2017 10-3 #18/16
2016 3-9 #12
2015 12-2 #5 #3/3
2014 11-2 #8 #7/8
2013 13-1 #4/-
2012 7-6 #13
2011 11-3 #17 #12/-
2010 11-2
2009 6-7
2008 9-4
2007 7-6
2006 4-8
2005 5-6
2004 5-7
2003 8-5
2002 4-8
2001 7-5
2000 5-6
1999 10-2 #9/-
1998 6-6
1997 7-5
1996 6-6
1995 6-5
1994 4-7
1993 6-6
1992 5-6
1991 3-8
1990 8-3
1989 8-4
1988 6-5
1987 9-2
1986 6-5 #20
1985 7-5
1984 6-6
1983 4-6
1982 2-9
1981 5-6
1980 3-8
1979 5-6
1978 8-3
1977 7-3
1976 4-6
1975 7-4
1974 7-3
1973 5-6
1972 5-5
1971 6-5
1970 4-6
1969 4-6
1968 5-5
1967 3-7
1966 9-0
1965 10-1
1964 4-5
1963 6-2
1962 5-4
1961 7-2
1960 6-2
1959 5-4
1958 3-5
1957 8-1
1956 7-2
1955 9-1 #2/-
1954 3-6
1953 10-1 #3/-
1952 9-0 #1
1951 9-0 #2 #2/-
1950 8-1
1949 6-3
1948 6-2
1947 7-2
1946 5-5
1945 5-3
1944 6-1
1942 4-3
1941 5-3
1940 3-4
1939 4-4
1938 6-3
1937 8-2
1936 6-1
1935 6-2
1934 8-1
1933 4-2
1932 7-1
1931 5-3
1930 5-1
1929 5-3
1928 3-4
1927 4-5
1926 3-4
1925 3-5
1924 5-3
1923 3-5
1922 3-5
1921 3-5
1920 4-6
1919 4-5
1918 4-3
1917 0-10
1916 4-2
1915 5-1
1914 5-2
1913 7-0
1912 7-1
1911 5-1
1910 6-1
1909 8-1
1908 6-0
1907 4-2
1906 7-2
1905 9-2
1904 8-1
1903 6-1
1902 4-5
1901 3-5
1900 1-3
1899 2-5
1898 4-3
1897 4-3
1896 1-2
Team
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