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1966 Michigan State Spartans football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1966 record9-0-1 (7-0 Big Ten)
Head coachDuffy Daugherty
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 76,000 natural grass)
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/2 Michigan State 7 0 0     9 0 1
#7/6 Purdue 6 1 0     9 2 0
Michigan 4 3 0     6 4 0
Illinois 4 3 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 5 1
Ohio State 3 4 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 4 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 2 4 1     3 6 1
Indiana 1 5 1     1 8 1
Iowa 1 6 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1966 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1966 college football season.

Regular seasonEdit

The 1966 Michigan State Spartans football vs. Notre Dame football game ("The Game of the Century") remains one of the greatest, and most controversial, games in college football history.[1] The game was played in Michigan State's Spartan Stadium on November 19th, 1966. Michigan State entered the contest 9-0 and ranked #2, while Notre Dame entered the contest 8-0 and ranked #1. Notre Dame elected not to try for the endzone on the final series, thus the game ended in a 10-10 tie with both schools receiving national champion selections. [2][3] Notre Dame claimed the AP and Coaches selections and earned a consensus title with a majority of selectors, while Michigan State was selected as the Football Research poll national champion and the Helms Foundation co-champion.[4]

ScheduleEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Spartans points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 17 North Carolina State Win 28 101-0-0
2 Sept. 24 Penn State Win 42 8 2-0-0
3 Oct. 1 @ Illinois Win 26 10 3-0-0
4 Oct. 8 Michigan Win 20 7 4-0-0
5 Oct. 15 @ Ohio State Win 11 8 5-0-0
6 Oct. 22 @ Purdue Win 41 20 6-0-0
7 Oct. 29 @ Northwestern Win 22 0 7-0-0
8 Nov. 5 Iowa Win 56 7 8-0-0
9 Nov. 12 @ Indiana Win 37 19 9-0-0
10 Nov. 19 Notre Dame Tie 10 10 9-0-1
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RivalriesEdit

Team members in the NFLEdit

  • In the 1967 NFL Draft, four of the top eight picks in the draft were players from Michigan State.
Player Position Round Pick NFL Franchise
Bubba Smith Defensive End 1 1 Baltimore Colts
Clinton Jones Running Back 1 2 Minnesota Vikings
George Webster Linebacker 1 5 Houston Oilers
Gene Washington Wide Receiver 1 8 Minnesota Vikings
Jeff Richardson Defensive End 6 146 New York Jets
James Summers Defensive Back 9 217 Denver Broncos
Charlie Thornhill Defensive Back 9 232 Boston Patriots
Dick Kenney Kicker 14 358 Philadelphia Eagles
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ReferencesEdit

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