Top Five Big Ten Football Rivalries No. 3

Top Five Big Ten Football Rivalries No. 3

Number three on the list takes us to Michigan for the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy between Michigan and Michigan State.

In 1910 Michigan and the Michigan Agricultural College football teams battled it out on the field for the first time. In 1953, the Paul Bunyan Trophy was added to the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science (changed to just Michigan State in 1964) and evolved into the rivalry we witness today.

Although it is well known that Michigan’s biggest rivalry is Ohio State, you would never know the difference when the Wolverines face the Spartans on Saturdays. And although Michigan owns the overall rivalry record at 67-32-5, the Wolverines are not happy with Michigan State’s current four game winning streak. It is the Spartans’ first winning streak since they won three straight between 1965 and 1967.

Although Michigan State has held the Paul Bunyan Trophy for the last four seasons, Michigan also won the most trophy games with a  34-23-2 record.

Even though the history of the rivalry has been very much one-sided, the recent success of the Spartans has added an extra spark and the battle for state dominance/recruits has not been stronger!


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    Where did you get 67-32-5 for the all-time record? I believe that Michigan State and Michigan have played 86 games and the record is 52-30-4.

    What is your source?

    Here's is my source:

  • Hey Jerry,
    Thanks for the comment. I got my source from the Michigan Football site. This link should get you to their archive.

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