1952 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1952 Michigan State Spartans football
Consensus national champion
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1952 record 9–0
Head coach Biggie Munn (6th season)
Home stadium Macklin Stadium
(Capacity: 51,000)
Seasons
← 1951
1953 →

The 1952 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1952 college football season.[1][2] The Spartans were led by head coach Clarence "Biggie" Munn, had a perfect undefeated season and were recognized as the National Champions by most major polling organizations including the AP Poll and Coaches' Poll.[3] This was Michigan State's last year as an Independent, as MSU would join the Big Ten the following year.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 27 at Michigan No. 1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) W 27–13   97,239
October 4 at Oregon State No. 1 Bell FieldCorvallis, OR W 17–14   22,595
October 11 Texas A&M No. 2 Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 48–6   49,123
October 18 Syracuse No. 1 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 48–7   38,254
October 25 Penn State No. 1 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Rivalry) W 34–7   51,162
November 1 at Purdue No. 1 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 14–7   49,500
November 8 at Indiana No. 1 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Rivalry) W 41–14   22,000
November 15 Notre Dame No. 1 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Rivalry) W 21–3   52,472
November 22 Marquette No. 1 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 62–13   35,845
Schedule Source:[4]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Paul Dekker End 3 27 Washington Redskins
Dick Tamburo Center 4 47 Cleveland Browns
Ed Timmerman Back 14 160 Washington Redskins
Jim Ellis Back 25 299 Cleveland Browns
  • Reference:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 154. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "1952 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "National Poll Champions" (PDF). 2012 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 72. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Football Statistics Summary for 1952". msuspartans.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "1953 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013.