1951 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1951 Michigan State Spartans football
Helms national champion
Conference Independent
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1951 record 9–0
Head coach Biggie Munn
Home stadium Macklin Stadium
← 1950
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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.[1]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 22 Oregon State No. 2 Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 6–0   33,373
September 29 at Michigan No. 2 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) W 25–0   97,239
October 6 at Ohio State No. 1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, 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 FieldUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) W 32–21   30,674
October 27 Pittsburghdagger 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 StadiumBloomington, IN (Rivalry) W 30–26   20,000
November 24 Colorado No. 2 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 45–7   29,987
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[2]


  1. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "National Poll Champions" (PDF). 2012 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 72. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Football Statistics Summary for 1951". msuspartans.com. Retrieved July 26, 2013.