Football became a varsity sport at Michigan State University in 1896. The Spartan football program saw its heyday in the 1950's and ‘60s when it was known as “the football factory” under the coaching leadership of Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty. The team would win national titles in 1952, 1965, and 1966. Two games stand out in Spartans history. First the “Game of the Century” in 1966 between MSU and Notre Dame, where the teams would tie and share a national championship. Much later in 2006, the Spartans played their annual rivalry game against Northwestern. Michigan State would trail 38-3 in the 3rd quarter and go on to score 38 unanswered points to win the game 41-38, the largest comeback in NCAA history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Michigan State Spartans football tickets.
2016 Michigan State Season Preview
Michigan State threw together another fantastic season last season losing only to Oregon and Ohio State, the two teams who played for the National Championship. A win over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl has the team returning with tons of confidence in 2015. Outstanding quarterback Connor Cook will return for his senior season, and will have an experienced offense that includes receivers Aaron Burbridge, and Monty Madaris. The biggest question for the Spartans coming into 2015 will be at the running back position, where Michigan State will have to turn to a number of young players to fill the hole left by the departure of Jeremy Langford. While many have already anointed Ohio State as Big Ten champions in 2015, the Michigan State Spartans should be able to give the Buckeyes a run for their money, and the winner of the OSU-Michigan State game will likely determine the eventual conference champion. Top road games on the Michigan State Spartans 2015 schedule include at Michigan, at Nebraska, and at Ohio State. Top games in East Lansing are an early game against Oregon, and Penn State to finish the season.
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Michigan State Spartans Football at Spartan Stadium Address: 325 W Shaw Ln, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824
The Spartans play their home games at Spartan Stadium on Michigan State's campus in East Lansing, Michigan. Visitors to a Spartans game at MSU can take part in one of the largest tailgate parties in America. Entering the stadium, fans are awed by the 2005 stadium expansion, which includes “the Grand Entrance” of marble, glass walls, and high ceilings; an enormous luxury concourse; state of the art lounge; and 800 club seats. The Michigan State Spartans home bench is on the Spartan Stadium sideline with sections 20-27. Spartan Stadium parking information is covered in our Spartans event guide.
Michigan State trails the Wolverines in the all-time record in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Outside of WWII, these two have played each other every year since 1910 and has included a ranked team in 28 of the last 30 contests (the Wolverines, usually). MSU had a surprising four-year winning streak snapped in a 12-10 Michigan win in 2012
Michigan State vs. Penn State
The battle for the Land Grant Trophy has been an even one over the years, and has included a team ranked in the top 10 in the country nine times. This has been quite the offensive affair since the reintroduction of the game in 1993, with the winning team scoring over 40 points almost ten times. Watch for this rivalry to grow over the upcoming years.
Michigan State in the College Football Championship, Bowl Games, and Big Ten Championship
When traveling to East Lansing to take on the football Spartans opponents better be prepared for the 75,000 plus screaming green fans waiting for them. The Michigan State Spartans have been extremely successful in advancing to post season play making it to more than 20 bowl games in their school history. A past that includes about a half dozen Big Ten Conference Championships is something the Spartans are very proud of, and they will look to add to that number in the coming years. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Big 10 Conference Championship Game.
Michigan State Event Guide
What are the best stadium concessions at Spartan Stadium?
Michigan State offers a wide assortment of concession foods including tacos, pizza, brats, Italian sausages and BBQ sandwiches. Visit the Turkey Man stand for a great pork chop sandwich or the Spartanville stand for a local brat.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Michigan State home football game?
Yes, all fans regardless of age are required to have a ticket to enter Spartan Stadium.
Who is the most famous Michigan State football alumnus?
The Spartans have been playing college football since 1896 so their roster of notable players is extensive. The top of that list includes Duffy Daugherty (Coach), John Hannah, George Webster, Clarence Biggie Munn (Coach), Bubba Smith, Brad Van Pelt, Percy Snow, Larry Bethea, Lorenzo White and Charles Rogers.