1937 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1937 Michigan State Spartans football
Orange Bowl, L 6–0 vs. Auburn
Conference Independent
1937 record 8–2
Head coach Charlie Bachman (5th season)
Offensive scheme Notre Dame Box
← 1936
1938 →

The 1937 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1937 college football season. In their fifth season under head coach Charlie Bachman, the Spartans compiled an 8–2 record and won their annual rivalry game with Michigan by a 19 to 14 score. In inter-sectional play, the team defeated Kansas (16–0), Temple (13–6), Carnegie Tech (13–6), and San Francisco (14–0), but lost to Manhattan (3–0) and Auburn (6–0 in the 1938 Orange Bowl).[1][2]

Halfback John Pingel was selected by the Associated Press (AP) as a second-team player, and by the International News Service (INS) and Central Press Association as a third-team player, on the 1937 College Football All-America Team.[3][4][5] Pingel was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


September 25WayneW 19–0
October 2at Michigan W 19–1463,311
October 9at ManhattanL 0–3
October 16at MissouriW 2–0
October 23Marquette
  • Macklin Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 21–7
October 30Kansas
  • Macklin Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 16–0
November 6at TempleW 13–6
November 13Carnegie Techdagger
  • Macklin Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 13–6
November 27at San FranciscoW 14–0
January 1vs. Auburn L 0–6
  • daggerHomecoming


  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 153. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "1937 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ Alan Gould (1937-12-04). "Associated Press 1937 All-America Is Team of Iron Men". The Daily Tribune. Wisconsin Rapids. 
  4. ^ "INS All-American Grid Selections". Waterloo Daily Courier. 1937-12-01. 
  5. ^ Bill Braucher (1937-12-03). "NATION'S CAPTAINS PICK CENTRAL PRESS ALL-AMERICANS". Hammond Times.