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All references to a team being nationally ranked pertain exclusively
to the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, unless noted otherwise.

2017
Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 11th season at MSU). First time MSU has ever beaten Michigan 8 times in 10 games.
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
April 1
3:00pm
Green/White Spring Game
at Spartan Stadium
Free admission.
Beautiful blue skies... Green Team (Defense) wins 33-23.
Sept 2 BOWLING GREEN
Noon on ESPNU
WON 35-10... Beautiful blue skies, temps in lower 70s... MSU enters game favored by 17.5 points... MSU overcomes sloppy start... Permanent lights for future night games at Spartan Stadium unveiled.
Sept 9 WESTERN MICHIGAN
3:30pm on BTN
WON 28-14... Beautiful blue skies, temps in mid-60s... WMU enters game after giving #4 USC all they could handle the previous Saturday... MSU enters game favored by 7 points... MSU QB Brian Lewerke scores TD on a 61-yard run... MSU defense prevents WMU from scoring any points from offense (WMU's two TDs come from a fumble return and from a 100-yard kick-off return)... MSU wears all white uniforms; fans asked to wear White.
Sept 23 NOTRE DAME
8:00pm on Fox
LOST 38-18... 87° and clear skies at 8:00pm kick-off... Notre Dame enters game favored by 3.5 points... MSU's three turn-overs and eight penalties are among many problems to solve... Fans "stripe the stadium" (even-numbered sections and Student Section wear Green; odd-numbered sections wear White).
Sept 30 IOWA
4:00pm on Fox
WON 17-10... MSU enters game favored by 4 points.
Oct 7 at Michigan
7:30pm on ABC
WON 14-10... First time MSU and UM have ever played each other at night... UM enters game ranked #7 and favored by 10 points (after this game, UM falls to #17 nationally)... UM commits 5 turnovers, most of any Jim Harbaugh-coached UM team... Warm, torrential rain in second half... First time MSU has ever beaten UM 8 times in 10 games.
Oct 14 at Minnesota
8:00pm ET on BTN
WON 30-27... MSU enters game ranked #21 (first time nationally ranked this season) and favored by 4 points... Lightning delays start of game by 34 minutes... First time MSU faces P J Fleck as Minn coach; Fleck was former coach at Western Mich where he led his 2016 Broncos to a 13-1 season, losing only to Wisconsin in bowl game.
Oct 21 INDIANA
3:30pm
... Homecoming... MSU enters game ranked #18 and favored by 7.5 pts
Oct 28 at Northwestern
3:30pm ET on ESPN
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Nov 4 PENN STATE .
Nov 11 at Ohio State .
Nov 18 MARYLAND .
Nov 25 at Rutgers .
2016
3-9 (25%) overall, 1-8 (11.1%) in Big Ten Conference regular season. Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 10th season at MSU). MSU has worst record since 1991; fails to qualify for a bowl game for first time since Dantonio became head coach at MSU.
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Sept 2 FURMAN
7:00 PM on BTN
WON 28-13... MSU enters game ranked #15; Furman unranked... Furman proves to be more of a challenge than many expected... MSU now has two weeks to prepare for big road game.
Sept 17 at NOTRE DAME
7:30 PM ET on NBC
WON 36-28... MSU enters game ranked #12; Notre Dame #18... Fighting Irish fail to recover from a 36-7 deficit.
Sept 24 WISCONSIN
Noon on BTN
LOST 30-6... MSU enters game ranked #8; Wisconsin #11... MSU fails to score even one touchdown... Fans "stripe the stadium" (even-numbered sections and Student Section wear Green clothing; odd-numbered sections wear White).
Oct 1 at INDIANA
8:00 PM ET on BTN
LOST 24-21 OT... MSU enters game ranked #17; Indiana unranked... MSU fails to score in Overtime; Indiana then kicks a Field Goal for the win... First time Coach Dantonio has ever lost to Indiana while at MSU... First time since Mark Dantonio started coaching at MSU (2007) that MSU has started 0-2 in the Big Ten.
Oct 8 BRIGHAM YOUNG
3:30 PM on ABC/ESPN
LOST 31-14... During pre-game, BYU surprises everyone by placing bouquets of roses at 3-yard-line (for #3 Mike Sadler) and 6-yard-line (for #6 Mylan Hicks); the former MSU football players were killed in separate tragic events in Summer 2016... MSU had not lost three consecutive games since 2009.
Oct 15 NORTHWESTERN
3:30 PM
LOST 54-40... First time since Mark Dantonio started coaching at MSU (2007) that MSU has lost four consecutive games... First time since Sept 1995 that MSU has given up 50 points or more.
Oct 22 at MARYLAND
7:30 PM ET on BTN
LOST 28-17
Oct 29 MICHIGAN
Noon on ESPN
LOST 32-23... UM enters game ranked #2 nationally, and a 24-point favorite... First time since 1982 that MSU has lost six consecutive games... UM falls from #2 nationally to #3 after this game, due to their inability to dominate MSU.
Nov 5 at ILLINOIS
Noon ET on ESPN
LOST 31-27... MSU falls to 2-7, worst record in 25 years (1991).
Nov 12 RUTGERS
Noon on BTN
WON 49-0... MSU ends longest losing streak in Coach Dantonio's college coaching career... MSU scores 35 points before halftime on a picture-perfect fall afternoon
Nov 19 OHIO STATE
Noon on ESPN
LOST 17-16... OSU enters game ranked #2 nationally and favored by 22 points... After scoring a touchdown late in the 4th Quarter, MSU goes for a 2-point conversion for the win, but fails.
Nov 26 at PENN STATE
3:30 PM on ESPN
LOST 45-12... Penn State enters game ranked #7 nationally, favored by 11, and playing for the B1G East Division championship... MSU finishes season 3-9, worst since 1991.

2015 Big Ten Champions
12-2 (85.7%) overall, 7-1 (87.5%) in Big Ten Conference regular season. Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 9th season at MSU). First time MSU has ever played in new College Football Playoffs (CFP). First time MSU has finished in Top 10 three consecutive years. Class of 2015 was winningest senior class in MSU history with 43 wins (previous record: 42 wins in 2013 and 42 in 2014); part of three bowl wins (2012 Buffalo Wild Wings, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton), two Big Ten division titles (2013, 2015), and two Big Ten Championships (2013, 2015).
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Sept 4 at WESTERN
MICHIGAN
7:00 PM ET on ESPNU
WON 37-24... MSU opens season ranked #5 in Preseason Associated Press Poll, highest preseason ranking in this poll since 1967 (then #3); MSU also ranked #6 in Amway Preseason Coaches Poll, highest MSU has ever been ranked in this poll since the poll began in 1991... Western Michigan proves to be a tougher opponent than many thought; mounts serious threat late in game.
Sept 12 OREGON
8:00 PM on ESPN
WON 31-28... For second consecutive year, ESPN's "College GameDay" 3-hour football preview program broadcasts live from MSU campus... Oregon enters game ranked #7 nationally, MSU ranked #5 (behind #1 Ohio State, #2 Alabama, #3 TCU, #4 Baylor) and favored by 4 points... First time since 1966 Spartan Stadium has hosted a game with two top-10 ranked teams (#1 Notre Dame vs #2 MSU in 1966)... Goodyear blimp provides aerial coverage during game... Fans "stripe the stadium" (even-numbered sections and Student Section wear Green clothing; odd-numbered sections wear White).
Sept 19 AIR FORCE
Noon on ABC
WON 35-21... MSU enters game ranked #4 nationally (behind #1 Ohio State, #2 Alabama, #3 TCU) and favored by 26 points.
Sept 26 CENTRAL
MICHIGAN
Noon on BTN
WON 30-10... MSU enters game favored by 26 points and ranked #2 nationally (behind Ohio State), highest ranking for MSU since 1966 when Notre Dame was #1... MSU scores 30+ points for school-best 12th-straight game.
Oct 3 PURDUE
Noon on ESPN2
WON 24-21... 100th MSU Homecoming Game... MSU enters game favored by 21 points, and still ranked #2 nationally (behind Ohio State)... Connor Cook becomes winningest quarterback in MSU history.
Oct 10 at RUTGERS
8:00 PM ET
WON 31-24... MSU enters game ranked #4 nationally (behind #1 Ohio State, #2 TCU, and #3 Baylor), and favored by 13 points... MSU scores go-ahead touchdown with just 43-seconds left in game.
Oct 17 at MICHIGAN
3:30 PM on ESPN
WON 27-23... MSU enters game ranked #7 nationally; UM ranked #12 and favored by 7 points... With just 10-seconds remaining, MSU recovers fumble after UM punter mishandles snap; MSU runs it back 38 yards for game-winning touchdown with no time remaining... MSU never leads in game until game clock reads 0:00... Game is Mark Dantonio's 100th career win... Jim Harbaugh becomes 7th consecutive UM coach to lose their first MSU-UM game (last to win was in 1948).
Oct 24 INDIANA
3:30 PM on ABC
WON 52-26... MSU enters game still ranked #7 nationally, and favored by 16 points... Connor Cook passes for career high 398 yards.
Nov 7 at NEBRASKA
7:00 PM ET on ESPN
LOST 39-38... MSU enters game ranked #7 in first College Football Playoff (CFP) poll of the season (top four CFP teams play in national college playoffs)... MSU's 12-point lead evaporates in last 2 minutes of the game.
Nov 14 MARYLAND
Noon on ESPN2
WON 24-7... MSU enters game ranked #13 nationally in CFP poll, and favored by 15 points... First time Maryland plays at MSU as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Nov 21 at OHIO STATE
3:30 PM on ABC
WON 17-14... Ohio State enters game as defending national champions, one of only two teams to beat MSU last season (national runner-up Oregon is the other team)... OSU enters game ranked #3 nationally in CFP poll, and favored by 13 points; MSU ranked #9... MSU's Michael Geiger kicks 41-yard game-winning field goal as time expires... Just like Oct 17 game against Michigan, MSU never leads in game until game clock reads 0:00... MSU limits OSU to just 132 total offensive yards, lowest by any Urban Meyer team since he started coaching college football in 2001... MSU gives Urban Meyer his first Big Ten regular-season loss since he started coaching at OSU four years ago... MSU limits OSU's star running back Ezekiel Elliott to just 33 yards rushing, ending his nation-leading streak of 15 consecutive 100+ yard games... MSU limits OSU to just 5 First Downs the entire game... MSU ends OSU's 30-game Big Ten winning streak, and 23-game winning streak... Game was most-watched college football game so far this 2015 season, drawing a 7.0 overnight rating.
Nov 28 PENN STATE
3:30 PM on ESPN
WON 55-16... MSU enters game ranked #5 nationally in CFP poll, and favored by 11 points... Late in 4th Quarter, senior Jack Allen (296-pound Center) takes hand-off from QB Connor Cook and "scampers" 9 yards for touchdown--- his first career carry and first career touchdown.
Dec 5 Big Ten Championship
vs IOWA
8:17 PM ET on Fox
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS - WON 16-13... MSU enters game ranked #5 nationally in CFP poll and favored by 3.5 points; Iowa (12-0) ranked #4 in CFP... MSU uses 9-minute, 22-play drive; scores game-winning touchdown with just 27-seconds remaining... MSU plays for third time in Big Ten Championship Game (game's fifth year); MSU has 2 wins (2013 vs Ohio State, and 2015 vs Iowa) and 1 loss (2011 vs Wisconsin).
Dec 31 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
vs ALABAMA
8:00 PM ET on ESPN
LOST 38-0... First time MSU is selected for College Football Playoffs (CFP)... This game serves as a national semifinal game, part of CFP... MSU enters game ranked #3 nationally in CFP poll; Alabama ranked #2, and favored by 9.5 points... Alabama advances to beat #1 Clemson in Jan 2016 for its 16th national championship... Final Associated Press poll has MSU ranked #6, first time MSU has finished in Top 10 three consecutive years.
2014 Bowl Champions
11-2 (84.6%) overall, 7-1 (87.5%) in Big Ten Conference regular season. Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 8th season at MSU). First time MSU has ever played five regular-season night games. The only two teams to beat MSU this season (Oregon and Ohio State) would go on to play for the NCAA national championship in January 2015.
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Aug. 29 JACKSONVILLE STATE
7:30 PM
WON 45-7... MSU leads 38-0 at halftime
Sept. 6 at OREGON
6:30 PM ET
LOST 46-27... 90° at kick-off... MSU's 9-point lead evaporates in second half
NOTE: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota goes on to win 2014 Heisman Trophy as the nation's best college football player. Oregon goes on to lose to Ohio State in the national championship game. Final Associated Press poll has Oregon ranked #2 behind Ohio State.
Sept. 20 EASTERN MICHIGAN
Noon
WON 73-14... Most points ever scored by an MSU team under Coach Dantonio
Sept. 27 WYOMING
Noon
WON 56-14
Oct. 4 NEBRASKA
8:00 PM
WON 27-22... Nebraska held scoreless until 3rd Quarter (17-0 at halftime)... MSU's 27-3 lead in 4th Quarter shrinks as Nebraska scores 19 unanswered points... MSU intercepts Nebraska pass with just 30-seconds remaining in game.
Oct. 11 at PURDUE
3:30 PM ET
WON 45-31
Oct. 18 at INDIANA
3:30 PM ET
WON 56-17... Dantonio's 100th game as MSU's head coach... Dantonio becomes first MSU coach to ever have 70 wins in his first 100 games... Indiana's starting quarterback suffers season-ending injury just five days before this game so Hoosiers start third-string true freshman at quarterback... With this win, MSU becomes bowl-eligible for 8th consecutive season; prior to Coach Dantonio, MSU had only attended four consecutive bowl games (Coach George Perles).
Oct. 25 MICHIGAN
3:30 PM
WON 35-11... Largest margin of victory by MSU over UM since 1967... After this game, first-ever College Football Playoff (CFP) poll is released; MSU ranked #8 (top four CFP teams play in first-ever national college playoffs).
Nov. 8 OHIO STATE
8:00 PM
LOST 49-37... ESPN's "College GameDay" 3-hour football preview program broadcasts live from MSU campus at 9:00 AM... First November night game ever played at Spartan Stadium... After this loss, MSU essentially eliminated from consideration for first ever College Football Playoffs.
NOTE: Ohio State goes on to beat Oregon for the national championship, amazingly with a third-string quarterback (Cardale Jones). Final Associated Press poll has Ohio State ranked #1.
Nov. 15 at MARYLAND
8:00 PM ET
WON 37-15... First time Maryland plays MSU as member of Big Ten Conference... Maryland rushes for just 6 yards
Nov. 22 RUTGERS
Noon
WON 45-3... First time Rutgers plays MSU as member of Big Ten Conference... MSU leads 35-0 at halftime
Nov. 29 at PENN STATE
3:30 PM ET
WON 34-10... MSU WR R.J. Shelton returns opening kick-off 90 yards for touchdown... MSU RB Jeremy Langford sets school record for 16th straight game of 100+ yards rushing against Big Ten opponents... MSU earns fourth 10-win season in last five years.
Jan. 1, 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

BAYLOR
12:30 PM ET

WON 42-41... Trailing 41-21, MSU scores 21 unanswered 4th Quarter points to win, the last coming with just 17 seconds remaining in game... With just 2 seconds remaining in game, MSU intercepts Baylor pass... MSU RB Jeremy Langford sets school record for 10th straight game of 100+ yards rushing... MSU holds Baylor to Minus 20 yards rushing... Most combined points scored (83) in Cotton Bowl history... Eighth consecutive bowl game for MSU, all under Coach Dantonio... MSU wins fourth consecutive bowl game, first time in school history.
  College Football Playoffs (CFP) Ohio State beats Oregon for national championship... First year for College Football Playoff system (4 teams)... Final Associated Press poll:
  1. Ohio State*
  2. Oregon*
  3. Texas Christian
  4. Alabama
  5. MSU/Florida State (tie)
* Only Ohio State (eventual #1) and Oregon (eventual #2) beat MSU this season

2013 Big Ten & Bowl Champions
13-1 (92.9%) overall, 8-0 (100%) in Big Ten Conference regular season. Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 7th season at MSU).
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Aug 30 WESTERN MICHIGAN WON 26-13
Sept 7 SOUTH FLORIDA WON 21-6
Sept 14 YOUNGSTOWN STATE WON 55-17
Sept 21 NOTRE DAME LOST 13-17
Oct 5 IOWA WON 26-14
Oct 12 INDIANA WON 42-28
Oct 19 PURDUE WON 14-0
Oct 26 ILLINOIS WON 42-3
Nov 2 MICHIGAN WON 29-6
Nov 16 NEBRASKA WON 41-28... First time MSU has ever beaten Nebraska.
Nov 23 NORTHWESTERN WON 30-6
Nov 30 MINNESOTA WON 14-3
Dec 7 Big Ten Championship Game
vs OHIO STATE
WON 34-24... MSU plays in its second Big Ten Championship Game (lost to Wisconsin in 2011).
Jan. 1, 2014 STANFORD
Rose Bowl
Pasadena CA
WON 24-20... 100th Rose Bowl game played... Seventh consecutive bowl game for MSU, all under Coach Dantonio... With under two minutes remaining in the game, MSU's Kyler Elsworth stops Stanford's ball carrier on 4th Down and 1... MSU wins third consecutive bowl game, first time in school history... Final Associated Press poll has MSU ranked #3.
2012 Bowl Champions
7-6 (53.8%) overall, 3-5 (37.5%) in Big Ten Conference regular season. Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 6th season at MSU). First time MSU has gone to six consecutive bowl games (all under Coach Dantonio).
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Aug. 31 BOISE STATE
8:00 PM, ESPN
WON (17-13)
MSU enters game ranked #13 nationally by Associated Press and favored by 6 points (Boise State ranked #24)... Only second time MSU plays on a Friday night at Spartan Stadium (first was 9-2-2011)... Goodyear Blimp in town to cover game... 82° at kick-off... Played under a Blue Moon (second full moon of the month)
Sept. 8 at Central Michigan
3:30 PM ET, ESPNU
WON (41-7)
MSU enters game ranked #11 nationally by Associated Press and favored by 20 points... First time MSU has ever played at Central Michigan (CMU sets new record for home game attendance of 35,127).
Sept. 15 NOTRE DAME
8:00 PM, ABC
LOST (20-3)
MSU enters game ranked #10 nationally by Associated Press and favored by 5 points (Notre Dame ranked #20)... Goodyear Blimp in town to cover game.
Sept. 22 EASTERN MICHIGAN
3:30 PM, Big Ten Network
WON (23-7)
MSU enters game ranked #21 nationally by Associated Press and favored by 33 points... EMU's assistant coach is Mike Hart who in 2007 as a Michigan player, described MSU as being UM's "little brother."
Sept. 29 OHIO STATE
3:30 PM, ABC
LOST (17-16)
Despite Ohio State's higher ranking (#14 nationally by Associated Press), MSU (ranked #20) favored by 3 points... ESPN College GameDay pre-game show visits campus near Beaumont Tower
Oct. 6 at Indiana
Noon ET, Big Ten Network
WON (31-27)
MSU enters game unranked nationally by Associated Press; favored by 16 points... Third time under Mark Dantonio that MSU has come back from a 17-point deficit to win a game
Oct. 13 IOWA
Homecoming, Noon, ESPN or ESPN2
LOST (19-16, 2OT)
MSU enters game unranked nationally by Associated Press; favored by 9 points
Oct. 20 at Michigan
3:30 PM, Big Ten Network
LOST (12-10)
Michigan enters game ranked #23 nationally by Associated Press, and favored by 10 points (MSU unranked)
Oct. 27 at Wisconsin
3:30 PM ET, ABC
WON (16-13, OT)
Neither team enters game ranked nationally by Associated Press... Wisconsin favored by 7 points... MSU snaps Wisconsin's 21-home game winning streak (second longest in nation, behind LSU)... MSU had not won at Wisconsin since 2001
Nov. 3 NEBRASKA
3:30 PM, ABC
LOST (28-24)
Nebraska enters game ranked #21 nationally by Associated Press, and favored by 2 points (MSU unranked)... With this loss, MSU falls to 0-6 all time against Nebraska... First time Nebraska visits MSU as member of Big Ten Conference
Nov. 17 NORTHWESTERN
Noon, ESPN or ESPN2
LOST (23-20)
Neither team enters game ranked nationally by Associated Press... MSU favored by 7 points
Nov. 24 at Minnesota
3:30 PM ET, Big Ten Network
WON (26-10)
Neither team enters game ranked nationally by Associated Press... MSU favored by 9 points... With this win, MSU becomes bowl-eligible
Dec. 29 TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
10:15 PM ET, ESPN
WON (17-16)
First time MSU has ever gone to six consecutive bowl games (all under Coach Dantonio)... MSU has longest drive in its bowl history (90 yards)... MSU overcomes 13-point halftime deficit

2011 Bowl Champions
11-3 (78.6%) overall, 7-1 in Big Ten Conference regular season, inaugural Legends Division Champions. Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 5th season at MSU). First year Nebraska is in Big Ten Conference; first Friday night game ever played in Spartan Stadium; first year Big Ten Conference is divided into two divisions; MSU becomes first Legends Division champion and plays in first Big Ten Championship Game; first time MSU has gone to five consecutive bowl games (all under Coach Dantonio); first MSU bowl win for Dantonio
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Sept. 2 YOUNGSTOWN STATE
7:30 PM, Big Ten Network
WON (28-6)
MSU starts season ranked #17 nationally by Associated Press... First Friday night game ever played in Spartan Stadium... 84° at kick-off... MSU begins "No Bag" Policy in Spartan Stadium.
Sept. 10 FLORIDA-ATLANTIC
Noon, ESPN2
WON (44-0)
B.J. Cunningham becomes MSU's all-time career pass receiver... MSU's defense allows only one first-down.
Sept. 17 at Notre Dame
3:30 PM ET, NBC
LOST (31-13)
MSU enters game ranked #15 nationally by Associated Press.
Sept. 24 CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Noon, ESPNU
WON (45-7)
MSU enters game unranked nationally by Associated Press.
Oct. 1 at Ohio State
3:30 PM, ABC
WON (10-7)
MSU enters game unranked nationally by Associated Press... First MSU victory in Columbus since 1998.
Oct. 15 MICHIGAN
Noon, ESPN
WON (28-14)
MSU enters game ranked #23 nationally by Associated Press, UM ranked #11... First time in 49 years MSU has beaten UM four consecutive years (1959-62)... MSU wears special "Pro-Combat" uniform, designed for one-time use by just nine NCAA schools in 2011 season.
Oct. 22 WISCONSIN
Homecoming, 8:00 PM, ESPN
WON (37-31)
MSU enters game ranked #15 nationally by Associated Press (#16 in first BCS rankings of the season); Wisconsin ranked #4 (#6 in BCS)... ESPN College GameDay pre-game show visits campus at parking lot south of Munn Ice Arena... Keith Nichol catches Kirk Cousins' "Hail Mary" pass as time expires; Video Replay overturns ruling on field and confirms Nichol's winning touchdown... First time under Mark Dantonio that an MSU team plays without committing a single penalty the entire game.
Oct. 29 at Nebraska
Noon ET, ESPN
LOST (24-3)
MSU enters game ranked #9 nationally by Associated Press (#11 in BCS)
Nov. 5 MINNESOTA
Noon, Big Ten Network
WON (31-24)
MSU enters game ranked #15 nationally by Associated Press (#17 in BCS)
Nov. 12 at Iowa
Noon ET, ESPN2
WON (37-21)
MSU enters game ranked #13 nationally by Associated Press (#17 in BCS)... Seniors become winningest class in MSU history (34 wins)
Nov. 19 INDIANA
Noon, Big Ten Network
WON (55-3)
MSU enters game ranked #12 nationally by Associated Press, highest two-loss team in current AP rankings (#15 in BCS)... MSU earns share of Big Ten's Legends Division title; will play Leaders Division champions in inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on December 3.
Nov. 26 at Northwestern
Noon ET, Big Ten Network
WON (31-17)
MSU enters game ranked #11 nationally by Associated Press (#14 in BCS)... Kirk Cousins throws 62nd touchdown pass, surpassing Jeff Smoker for throwing most touchdown passes in MSU history... MSU secures sole possession of Big Ten's Legends Division.
Dec. 3 WISCONSIN
Big Ten Championship Game
8:00 PM ET, Fox TV Network
LOST (42-39)
MSU enters game ranked #11 nationally by Associated Press (#13 in BCS)... First year for Big Ten Conference to have two divisions and host a Championship Game between the two.
Jan. 2, 2012 GEORGIA
Outback Bowl
WON (33-30, 3OT)
MSU enters game ranked #12 nationally by Associated Press (#17 in BCS)... MSU overcomes 16-point deficit to win in triple overtime by blocking Georgia's field goal attempt... First time MSU has ever gone to five consecutive bowl games (all under Coach Dantonio)... First MSU bowl win for Dantonio.
2010 Big Ten Co-Champions
11-2 (85%) overall, 7-1 in Big Ten Conference (Big Ten Co-champions with Ohio State and Wisconsin). Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 4th season at MSU). First time MSU has ever been 7-0 at home; Dantonio named "Coach of the Year" by Big Ten Conference media; named "Region 3 Coach of the Year" by American Football Coaches Association; MSU finishes season ranked #14 nationally.
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Sept. 4 WESTERN MICHIGAN
Noon ET, ESPN2
WON (38-14)
Sept. 11 at Florida-Atlantic
Played at Detroit's Ford Field, Noon ET, ESPNU
WON (30-17)
Sept. 18 NOTRE DAME
8:00 PM ET, ABC
WON (34-31 OT)
MSU scores game-winning touchdown on fake field goal (nicknamed "Little Giants")... Soon after game, Coach Dantonio suffers heart attack; is admitted to hospital.
Sept. 25 NORTHERN COLORADO
Noon ET, Big Ten Network
WON (45-7)
Dantonio recuperates at home; Offensive Coordinator Don Treadwell coaches in interim.
Oct. 2 WISCONSIN
3:30 PM ET, ABC
WON (34-24)
Dantonio watches game on hospital TV after being re-admitted, this time for blood clot in leg; Treadwell coaches... First time Dantonio is 5-0 at MSU.
Oct. 9 at Michigan
3:30 PM ET, ABC
WON (34-17)
Dantonio coaches from Press Box; Treadwell coaches sideline... First time in 43 years MSU has beaten UM three consecutive years (1965-67).
Oct. 16 ILLINOIS
Homecoming; Noon ET, Big Ten Network
WON (26-6)
Dantonio again coaches from Press Box; Treadwell coaches sideline... Scottish actor Gerard Butler, who played King Leonidas in major motion picture "300," attends game, entertains crowd.
Oct. 23 at Northwestern
Noon ET, ESPN
WON (35-27)
MSU overcomes 17-point 2nd quarter deficit with fake punt (nicknamed "Mousetrap")... Dantonio returns to coaching from sideline, first time since Notre Dame game... First time in 44 years MSU has been 8-0 (1966)... After this win, MSU ranked #5 in BCS; highest BCS ranking ever for MSU.
Oct. 30 at Iowa
3:30 PM ET, ABC/ESPN
LOST (37-6)
Nov. 6 MINNESOTA
Noon ET, Big Ten Network
WON (31-8)
Nov. 20 PURDUE
Noon ET, Big Ten Network
WON (35-31)
Down by 15, MSU scores 22 points in last 11 minutes to win... First time MSU has ever been 7-0 at home.
Nov. 27 at Penn State
Noon ET, ESPN2
WON (28-22)
First win in Happy Valley since 1965... first time MSU has ever been 11-1 in regular season... Seniors become winningest class in MSU history (33 wins)... MSU wins share of Big Ten title, first conference championship since 1990... MSU finishes at #9 in final BCS rankings.
Jan. 1, 2011 ALABAMA
Capital One Bowl, Orlando, FL
LOST (49-7)
Alabama coached by former MSU head coach Nick Saban (Dantonio was assistant to Saban at MSU) and former MSU head coach Bobby Williams... Alabama had been ranked #1 for first five weeks of season... After game, MSU Offensive Coordinator Don Treadwell leaves MSU for head coaching job at Miami of Ohio (Treadwell coached four games this season while Dantonio recuperated from heart attack).

2009
6-7 (46%) overall, 4-4 in Big Ten Conference (6th place, tied with Purdue). Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 3rd season at MSU).
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Sept. 5MONTANA STATEWON (44-3)
Sept. 12CENTRAL MICHIGANLOST (29-27)
Sept. 19at Notre DameLOST (33-30)
Sept. 26at WisconsinLOST (38-30)
Oct. 3MICHIGAN WON (26-20 OT)
First consecutive wins over Michigan in 42 years (1966-67).
Oct. 10at IllinoisWON (24-14)
Oct. 17NORTHWESTERNWON (24-14)
Oct. 24IOWA LOST (15-13)
Oct. 31at Minnesota LOST (42-34)
Nov. 7WESTERN MICHIGAN WON (49-14)
Nov. 14at PurdueWON (40-37)
Nov. 21PENN STATELOST (42-14)
Jan. 2, 2010TEXAS TECH
Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, TX
LOST (41-31)
MSU plays without numerous key players suspended after November 22 incident at MSU dormitory.
2008
9-4 (69%) overall, 6-2 in Big Ten Conference (3rd place, behind Co-Champions Penn State and Ohio State). Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 2nd season at MSU). MSU wins every game they were favored to win.
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Aug. 30at CaliforniaLOST (38-31)
Sept. 6EASTERN MICHIGANWON (42-10)
Sept. 13FLORIDA-ATLANTICWON (17-0)
First shut-out by MSU in Spartan Stadium since 1996; first shut-out by MSU since 1999.
Sept. 20NOTRE DAMEWON (23-7)
MSU running back Javon Ringer becomes first in Big Ten history to earn conference "Offensive Player of the Week" award three consecutive weeks (games of 205, 282, and 201 yards rushing).
Sept. 27at IndianaWON (42-29)
Oct. 4IOWAWON (16-13)
Oct. 11at NorthwesternWON (37-20)
Oct. 18OHIO STATELOST (45-7)
Oct. 25at MichiganWON (35-21)
Nov. 1WISCONSINWON (25-24)
Nov. 8PURDUEWON (21-7)
MSU earns first 9-win season since 1999... With 16 wins in his first two seasons, Mark Dantonio becomes winningest second-year MSU football coach.
Nov. 22at Penn StateLOST (49-18)
Jan. 1, 2009GEORGIA
Capital One Bowl, Orlando, FL
LOST (24-12)

2007
7-6 (54%) overall, 3-5 in Big Ten Conference (four-way tie for 7th place). Coached by Mark Dantonio (his 1st season at MSU). No MSU loss is by more than 7 points.
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Sept. 1ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAMWON (55-18)
Sept. 8BOWLING GREENWON (28-17)
Sept. 15PITTSBURGHWON (17-13)
Sept. 22at Notre DameWON (31-14)
MSU becomes first team to win six straight at Notre Dame... Mark Dantonio becomes first to win first four games as new head coach at MSU.
Sept. 29at WisconsinLOST (37-34)
Oct. 6NORTHWESTERNLOST (48-41 OT)
Oct. 13INDIANAWON (52-27)
Oct. 20at Ohio StateLOST (24-17)
Oct. 27at IowaLOST (34-27 2OT)
Nov. 3MICHIGANLOST (28-24)
MSU and Michigan meet on football field for 100th time... After game, UM player Mike Hart describes MSU as being UM's "little brother," to which Dantonio replies, "Mock us all you want. It's not over. It'll never be over."
Nov. 10at PurdueWON (48-31)
MSU becomes bowl-eligible for first time since 2003.
Nov. 17PENN STATEWON (35-31)
MSU overcomes 17-point 3rd quarter deficit to earn 7-5 season and assure bowl assignment.
Dec. 28BOSTON COLLEGE
Champs Sports Bowl, Orlando, FL
LOST (24-21)
2006
4-8 overall (33%), 1-7 in Big Ten Conference (tied with Illinois for last place). Coached by John L. Smith (his 4th and last season at MSU; fired after loss to Indiana; remains Head Coach through end of season). First year Big Ten Conference goes to a 12-game regular season.
DATEOPPONENTNOTES
Sept. 2IDAHOWON (27-17)
Sept. 9EASTERN MICHIGANWON (52-20)
Sept. 16at PittsburghWON (38-23)
Sept. 23NOTRE DAMELOST (40-37)
Sept. 30ILLINOISLOST (23-20)
Oct. 7at MichiganLOST (31-13)
Oct. 14OHIO STATELOST (38-7)
Oct. 21at NorthwesternWON (41-38)
MSU overcomes 35-point deficit (biggest comeback in NCAA Division 1A history); scores 38 unanswered points.
Oct. 28at IndianaLOST (46-21)
Nov. 4PURDUELOST (17-15)
Nov. 11MINNESOTALOST (31-18)
Nov. 18at Penn StateLOST (17-13)