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This is a list of seasons completed by the Michigan State Spartans football team of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Since the team's creation in 1885, the Spartans have participated in more than 1,100 officially-sanctioned games, including 21 bowl games.

Michigan State originally competed as a football independent. In 1896, MSU joined the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Spartans then competed independently again from 1907 through 1952. In 1953, MSU joined the Big Ten conference, where it has been a member ever since.[1]

SeasonsEdit

National Champions[A 1] Conference Champions Bowl game berth Division Champions

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Year Coach(es) Conference Conference finish[2] Division finish Record[3][4] Bowl[5] Final ranking
Wins Losses Ties AP
[6]
Coach
[6]
Michigan State Spartans
1885UnknownInd 010
1896No CoachMIAA121
1897Henry KeepMIAA421
1898MIAA430
1899Charles O. BemiesMIAA241
1900MIAA160
1901George DenmanMIAA341
1902MIAA450
1903Chester BrewerMIAA611
1904MIAA810
1905MIAA1020
1906MIAA722
1907Ind421
1908Ind602
1909Ind910
1910Ind610
1911John MacklinInd510
1912Ind710
1913Ind700
1914Ind520
1915Ind510
1916Frank SommersInd421
1917Chester BrewerInd090
1918George GauthierInd430
1919Chester BrewerInd441
1920George ClarkInd460
1921Albert BarronInd350
1922Ind352
1923Ralph H. YoungInd350
1924Ind530
1925Ind350
1926Ind341
1927Ind450
1928Harry KipkeInd341
1929Jim CrowleyInd530
1930Ind512
1931Ind531
1932Ind710
1933Charlie BachmanInd422
1934Ind810
1935Ind620
1936Ind612
1937Ind820Lost 1939 Orange Bowl vs. Auburn, 0-6
1938Ind630
1939Ind441
1940Ind341
1941Ind531
1942Ind432
1944Ind610
1945Ind531
1946Ind550
1947Clarence MunnInd720
1948Ind62214
1949Ind63019
1950Ind81089
1951Ind90022
1952Ind90011
1953Big TenT-1st910Won 1954 Rose Bowl vs. UCLA, 28-2033
1954Duffy DaughertyBig TenT-8th360
1955Big Ten2nd910Won 1956 Rose Bowl vs. UCLA, 17-1422
1956Big TenT-4th720910
1957Big Ten2nd81033
1958Big Ten10th351
1959Big Ten2nd54016
1960Big Ten4th6211511
1961Big Ten3rd72089
1962Big TenT-5th540
1963Big TenT-2nd6211010
1964Big Ten6th45020
1965Big Ten1st1010Lost 1966 Rose Bowl vs. UCLA, 12-1421
1966Big Ten1st90122
1967Big TenT-5th370
1968Big Ten7th550
1969Big Ten9th460
1970Big TenT-5th460
1971Big TenT-3rd650
1972Big Ten4th551
1973Denny StolzBig TenT-4th560
1974Big Ten3rd7311218
1975Big TenT-3rd740
1976Darryl RogersBig TenT-7th461
1977Big Ten3rd731
1978Big TenT-1st83012
1979Big TenT-7th560
1980Muddy WatersBig Ten9th380
1981Big TenT-6th560
1982Big TenT-8th290
1983George PerlesBig Ten7th461
1984Big TenT-6th660Lost 1984 Cherry Bowl vs. Army, 6-10
1985Big TenT-4th750Lost 1985 All-American Bowl vs. Georgia Tech, 14-17
1986Big TenT-5th650
1987Big Ten1st921Won 1988 Rose Bowl vs. USC, 20-1788
1988Big Ten2nd651Lost 1989 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia, 27-34
1989Big TenT-3rd840Won 1989 Aloha Bowl vs. Hawaii, 33-131616
1990Big TenT-1st831Won 1990 Sun Bowl vs. USC, 17-161614
1991Big TenT-6th380
1992Big Ten3rd560
1993Big Ten7th660Lost 1993 Liberty Bowl vs. Louisville, 7-18
1994[A 2]Big TenT-4th0110
1995Nick SabanBig Ten5th651Lost 1995 Independence Bowl vs. LSU, 26-45
1996Big TenT-5th66-[A 3]
Lost 1996 Sun Bowl vs. Stanford, 0-38
1997Big TenT-6th75-Lost 1997 Aloha Bowl vs. Washington, 23-51
1998Big Ten6th66-
1999Nick L. Saban, Bobby WilliamsBig TenT-2nd102-Won Citrus Bowl vs. Florida, 37-3477
2000Bobby WilliamsBig TenT-9th56-
2001Big TenT-8th75-Won 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic vs. Fresno State, 44-35
2002Bobby Williams, Morris WattsBig TenT-8th48-
2003John L. SmithBig TenT-4th85-Lost 2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Nebraska, 3-17
2004Big TenT-5th57-
2005Big Ten9th56-
2006Big TenT-10th48-
2007Mark DantonioBig TenT-7th76-Lost 2007 Champs Sports Bowl vs. Boston College, 21-24
2008Big Ten3rd94-Lost 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia, 12-142414
2009Big TenT-6th67-Lost 2010 Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech, 31-41
2010Big TenT-1st112-Lost 2011 Capital One Bowl vs. Alabama, 7-491414
2011Big Ten2nd1st113-Lost 2011 Big Ten Championship Game vs. Wisconsin, 39-42
Won 2012 Outback Bowl vs. Georgia, 33-30 (3OT)
1110
2012Big Ten4th760Won 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. TCU, 17-16
Total 640 434 44 (all games)

NotesEdit

  1. Based on championships claimed by Michigan State.[2]
  2. Michigan State forfeited its entire schedule after an academic scandal; record was 5-6 (4-4 Big Ten).[7]
  3. Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Michigan State Spartans. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2011 Football Media Guide. Michigan State Official Athletic Site. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  3. Michigan State Spartans Index. Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  4. Michigan State Yearly Totals. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  5. Michigan State Bowl History. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Michigan State In the Polls. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  7. Spartans Spared Major Penalties. Associated Press. 17 September 1996. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  8. Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2006-08-24-overtime_x.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
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