American Football Database
American Football Database
1951 Michigan State Spartans football
Helms National Champions
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1951 record9–0
Head coachBiggie Munn
Home stadiumMacklin Stadium
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The 1951 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1951 college football season. The Spartans played their home games at Macklin Stadium (now known as Spartan Stadium) in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans were coached by Clarence "Biggie" Munn.

The Spartans went undefeated and were elected the National Champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation; however, the rest of the polls voted for the Tennessee Volunteers, who lost in the Sugar Bowl to the Maryland Terrapins, but post season games did not count back then.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 22* Oregon State #2 Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 6-0   33,373
September 29 at Michigan #2 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 25-0   97,239
October 6 at Ohio State #1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 24-20   82,640
October 13* Marquette #1 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 20-14   39,251
October 20* at Penn State #3 Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA W 32-21   30,674
October 27*† Pittsburgh #2 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 53-26   42,163
November 10* #11 Notre Dame #2 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 35-0   51,296
November 17 at Indiana #1 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 30-26   20,000
November 24* [[{{{school}}}|Colorado]] #2 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 45-7   29,987
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.