Michigan vs. Michigan State

With well over 100 meetings between these two in-state rivals, Michigan vs. Michigan State remains one of the biggest rivalries in college football. While Michigan leads the overall record of the series by a wide margin, there have been stretches where either team has dominated over the course of the matchup history. The longest win streak in the series sits at 14 games, when Michigan won every game between 1916 and 1929.

The winner of Michigan-Michigan State receives the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The trophy, a four-foot tall wooden statue of Paul Bunyan, was first awarded to the winner of the series in 1953. Former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr once said that it’s the “ugliest trophy in college football,” but also noted that “when you don’t have him, you miss him.”

Last 5 Michigan vs. Michigan State Games

MICHIGAN
33
MICHIGAN ST
37
Spartan Stadium - Oct. 30, 2021
MICHIGAN ST
27
MICHIGAN
24
Michigan Stadium - Oct. 31, 2020
MICHIGAN
44
MICHIGAN ST
10
Michigan Stadium - Nov. 16, 2019
MICHIGAN ST
7
MICHIGAN
21
Spartan Stadium - Oct. 20, 2018
MICHIGAN
10
MICHIGAN ST
14
Michigan Stadium - Oct. 7, 2017

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Whether teams are battling for the Old Oaken Bucket, the Heroes Trophy or Paul Bunyan's Axe, or just playing in The Game, historic rivalries are woven throughout the Big Ten Conference and all of college football. Here we honor the game's biggest rivalries and dig deep into the history and recent action within each one.

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