Indiana–Michigan State football rivalry
Indiana logo Michigan State logo
Teams Indiana Hoosiers
Michigan State Spartans
First Meeting 1922
Trophy Originated 1950
Trophy Series Michigan State leads, 42–11–2*[1]
All-Time Series Michigan State leads, 42–14–2

The Indiana–Michigan State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Indiana Hoosiers football team of Indiana University and Michigan State Spartans football team of Michigan State University. The Old Brass Spittoon is the trophy that is annually awarded to the winner of the game. It was first presented in 1950.

Series facts[edit | edit source]

Statistic Michigan State Indiana
Games played 54
Wins 42 14
Home wins 22 9
Road wins 20 5
Neutral site wins 0 0
Total points scored in the series 1619 871
Most points scored in a game by one team 56 ('02) 46 ('06)
Most points scored in a game by both teams 79 ('07 – MSU 52, IU 27)
Fewest points scored in a game by both teams 6 ('58 – MSU 0, IU 6)
Fewest points scored in a game by one team in a win 10 ('73) 6 ('58)
Most points scored in a game by one team in a loss 28 ('01) 31 ('88)
Largest margin of victory 52 ('11) 31 ('91)
Smallest margin of victory 1 ('73)      3 ('86)     
Longest winning streak 8 ('50 to '57) 3 ('67 to '69)

Game results[edit | edit source]

Michigan State victories Indiana victories Ties

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* Michigan State won the 1994 game, 27-21, however the victory was later forfeited due to rules NCAA violations.

The series is now a permanent part of the schedule for the teams as Michigan State and Indiana are cross-division rivals. Prior to the expansion of the Big Ten in 2011, there were stoppages in the series because the schools were not protected rivals in the rotating conference schedule (note no game in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2009 and 2010).

In April 2013, the Big Ten announced a plan to realign its divisions geographically for the 2014 season when Maryland and Rutgers join. Indiana and Michigan State are both in the East under the tentative plan.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Historical Scores November 19, 2011

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