1949 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1949 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Independent
AP No. 19
1949 record 6–3
Head coach Biggie Munn (3rd season)
Captain Harold L. Vogler
Home stadium Macklin Stadium
(Capacity: 51,000)
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The 1949 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1949 college football season. In their third season under head coach Biggie Munn, the Spartans compiled a 6–3 record and were ranked #19 in the final AP Poll.[1][2]

After the University of Chicago formally withdrew from the Big Ten Conference in 1946, conference officials began considering other schools to fill the vacancy. In December 1948, conference officials voted unanimously to admit Michigan State College, selecting the Spartans over a competing bid from the University of Pittsburgh.[3] The decision was certified in May 1949, with Spartans' participation slated to begin in the fall of 1950 with the exception of football where their participation was delayed until 1953.[4]

Two Spartans received first-team honors on the 1949 College Football All-America Team. Guard Ed Bagdon was a consensus first-team All-American,[5] and halfback Lynn Chandnois received first-team honors from the International News Service[6] and Collier's Weekly,[7] and second-team honors from the United Press[8] and Football Writers Association of America.[9]

The 1949 Spartans lost their annual rivalry games against Notre Dame by a 34 to 21 score and against Michigan by a 7 to 3 score.[2]

In intersectional play, the Spartans beat Maryland (14-7), William & Mary (42-13), Penn State (24-0), Temple (62-14), and Arizona (75-0), but lost to Oregon State (25-20).[2]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 24 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) L 3–7    
October 1 Marquette Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 48–7    
October 8 Maryland No. 13 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 14–7    
October 15 William & Mary No. 19 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 42–13    
October 22 Penn State No. 15 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Rivalry) W 24–0    
October 29 Temple No. 12 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 62–14    
November 5 No. 1 Notre Dame No. 10 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) L 21–34    
November 12 at Oregon State No. 8 Multnomah StadiumPortland, OR L 20–25    
November 19 at Arizona No. 18 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 75–0    
#Rankings from AP Poll.


  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 154. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "1949 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Big 9 Admits MSC: Conference Backing Unanimous". Detroit Free Press. December 13, 1948. p. 1.
  4. ^ Tommy Devine (May 21, 1949). "Michigan State Accepted by Western Conference". Detroit Free Press. p. 18.
  5. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Three Notre Dame Gridders on INS All-America". The Milwaukee Sentinel. November 27, 1949.
  7. ^ "Pitt's Barkouskie Picked On Collier's All-America". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 2, 1949.
  8. ^ "Midwest Teams Again Dominate U.P. All-America". St. Petersburg Times (UP story). November 24, 1949.
  9. ^ "FWAA All America" (PDF). Football Writers Association of America.