1897 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football
1897 record4–2–1
Head coachHenry Keep (1st season)
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The 1897 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team represented Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) in the 1897 college football season. The Aggies compiled a 4–2–1 record and outscored their opponents 146 to 106.[1]

The 1897 season was the first in which the MAC football team had a coach; the first coach was Henry Keep, an engineering student who had transferred from the University of Michigan.[2][3]

The 1897 season also featured the first installment of the Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry. Notre Dame won the game at South Bend, Indiana, by 34 to 6 score. Fullback Wells scored a touchdown for the Aggies.[4]

During the 1897 season, MAC also played two games each against nearby Olivet College and Alma College. The Aggies defeated Alma in both games and secured one win and one tie against Olivet.

A game against Michigan State Normal School (later Eastern Michigan) was cancelled, because MAC accused the Normal School of fielding a team that was "not made up entirely of college men."[5]


September 25Lansing High SchoolLansing, MIW 28–0
October 2[[{{{school}}}|Olivet]]Lansing, MIW 26–6
October 9[[{{{school}}}|Kalamazoo]]Lansing, MIL 0–28
October 16at OlivetOlivet, MIT 18–18[6]
October 30at [[{{{school}}}|Alma]]Alma, MIW 30–16[7]
November 6AlmaLansing, MIW 38–4[8]
November 25at Notre Dame L 6–34[4]


  1. "2016 Football Media Guide". Michigan State University. p. 146. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  2. Steve Grinczel. Michigan State Football: They Are Spartans. p. 11.
  3. Keith Widder. Michigan Agricultural College: The Evolution of a Land-Grant Philosophy. p. 373.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Notre Dame Takes the Game: Wins from Michigan Agricultural College by a Score of 34 to 6". The Daily Inter Ocean: p. 3. November 26, 1897.
  5. "M.A.C. Cancelled the Game". Detroit Free Press: p. 6. November 16, 1897.
  6. "Olivet and M.A.C. Tied". Detroit Free Press: p. 7. October 17, 1897.
  7. "M.A.C. Too Heavy for Alma". Detroit Free Press: p. 6. October 31, 1897.
  8. "Alma Walloped by the M.A.C.". Detroit Free Press: p. 11. November 7, 1897.

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