Indiana–Michigan State football rivalry

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Indiana–Michigan State football rivalry
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Indiana Hoosiers Michigan State Spartans

Series record Michigan State leads, 43–15–2*[1]
Trophy series record Michigan State leads, 43–12–2
First meeting 1922
Indiana, 14-6
Last meeting October 12, 2013
Michigan State, 42-28
Current win streak Michigan State, 5
Trophy Old Brass Spittoon

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]

Statistic Michigan State Indiana
Games played 55
Wins 43 14
Home wins 23 9
Road wins 20 5
Neutral site wins 0 0
Total points scored in the series 1661 899
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]

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

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.


  1. ^ Historical Scores November 19, 2011

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