1951 Michigan State Spartans football team
|1951 Michigan State Spartans football|
Helms National Champion
|Head coach||Biggie Munn (5th season)|
Macklin Stadium |
The 1951 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1951 college football season. The Spartans played their home games at Macklin Stadium (now known as Spartan Stadium) in East Lansing, Michigan and were coached by Clarence "Biggie" Munn.
The Spartans went undefeated and were elected the National Champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation; however, the rest of the polls voted for the Tennessee Volunteers, who lost in the Sugar Bowl to the Maryland Terrapins, but postseason games were not considered by the major polls at that time.
|September 22||Oregon State||No. 2||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 6–0||33,373|
|September 29||at Michigan||No. 2||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy)||W 25–0||97,239|
|October 6||at Ohio State||No. 1||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||W 24–20||82,640|
|October 13||Marquette||No. 1||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 20–14||39,251|
|October 20||at Penn State||No. 3||New Beaver Field • University Park, PA (Rivalry)||W 32–21||30,674|
|October 27||Pittsburgh||No. 2||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 53–26||42,163|
|November 10||No. 11 Notre Dame||No. 2||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Rivalry)||W 35–0||51,296|
|November 17||at Indiana||No. 1||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN (Rivalry)||W 30–26||20,000|
|November 24||Colorado||No. 2||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 45–7||29,987|
|Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
- Schedule Source:
- "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 154. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
- "1951 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "National Poll Champions" (PDF). 2012 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 72. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
- "Football Statistics Summary for 1951". msuspartans.com. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
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