Michigan–Michigan State men's soccer rivalry
|First meeting||October 13, 1956
Michigan State 3, Michigan Club 1
|Latest meeting||September 15, 2017
Michigan State 1, Michigan 0 (OT)
|Trophy||Big Bear Trophy|
Michigan State leads, 30–8–5 (Total)Michigan State leads, 12-7-1 (Varsity)
|Trophy series||Michigan State leads, 12–5–1 |
|Current win streak||Michigan State, 2|
The winner of each year's game receives the Big Bear Trophy. The first game was played October 13, 1956 which saw the Spartans defeat the Wolverine club team 3-1 in East Lansing. In 2000, Michigan added soccer as a Varsity sport and on October 15, 2000, the rivalry between the varsity club officially began with the Spartans winning 2–1 in double overtime in East Lansing. The trophy originated in 2000 when Michigan head coach Steve Burns purchased the wooden-bear sculpture to commemorate the revival of the rivalry. Burns said that he and Michigan State head coach Joe Baum collaborated on a trophy game because they "wanted to have some kind of trophy for this rivalry that the teams can pass back and forth. We hope that it takes a life on its own." The Spartans dominated the series prior to 2000 with an 18-1-4 record against Michigan's club team.
Big Bear Trophy results
|Michigan victories||Michigan State victories||Tie games|
|1||October 15, 2000||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State||2–1|
|2||October 14, 2001||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State||4–2|
|3||October 13, 2002||Ann Arbor, MI||Michigan State||2–1|
|4||October 12, 2003||East Lansing, MI||Michigan||4–2|
|5||October 17, 2004||Ann Arbor, MI||Michigan State||3–2|
|6||October 16, 2005||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State||2–0|
|7||October 8, 2006||Ann Arbor, MI||Tie||1–1|
|8||October 14, 2007||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State||5–0|
|9||October 18, 2008||Ann Arbor, MI||Michigan State||1–0|
|10||October 25, 2009||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State||2–1|
|11||October 30, 2010||Ann Arbor, MI||Michigan||3–2|
|12||October 30, 2011||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State||1–0|
|13||November 3, 2012||Ann Arbor, MI||Michigan||1–0|
|14||November 9, 2013||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State (#18)||2–0|
|15||November 2, 2014||East Lansing, MI||Michigan||3–2|
|16||October 31, 2015||Ann Arbor, MI||Michigan||1–0|
|17||September 18, 2016||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State||1–0|
|18||September 17, 2017||Ann Arbor, MI||Michigan State||1–0|
|Series: Michigan State leads 12–5–1|
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- "University of Michigan Official Athletic Site". Mgoblue.com. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
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- "University of Michigan Official Athletic Site – Men's Soccer". Mgoblue.com. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
- "Michigan State Official Athletic Site – Men's Soccer". Msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2010-08-22.