The Michigan–Michigan State football Competition is an American School football rivalry between the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State University Spartans.
Since 1953, the winner of each calendar year’s match has received the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The teams played in 1898 and have met virtually every year since 1910 (exceptions in 1943 and 1944). 44 of those first 50 games were played in Ann Arbor, but since then, U of M and MSU have played 30 home games against each other. The contest became a summit rivalry with Michigan State’s entrance into the Big Ten Conference in 1950.
The teams have met 111 times with Michigan winning 70 games, Michigan State winning 36 matches, and five games ending with the score tied. Michigan dominated the show for the first half century, compiling a 33–6–3 record from 1898 to 1949. The wave shifted to Michigan State in the 1950s and 1960s, as the Spartans under head coach Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty compiled a 14–4–two record from 1950 to 1969. The tide then changed back into the Wolverines as Michigan compiled a 30–8 record from the Spartans from 1970 to 2007. Since 2008, Michigan State has dominated the show with a 8–3 record.
Michigan State’s longest winning streak from Michigan is four matches. Michigan’s longest winning streak against Michigan State is 14 games.