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The Series History: Michigan State

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December 3, 2020 at 6:15am
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CelebrateOhio State leads the overall series 33–15*, and is 13–3 (.813) since 2000.
*NCAA Sanctions be damned.
THE SERIES HISTORY CRIB NOTES
  • When playing in East Lansing, Ohio State has won seven straight and 10 of the last 11 played in Spartan Stadium.
  • When the game is played up north, the Buckeyes are 17–5.
  • This will be the 27th time Ohio State enters this game ranked in the top 10. The Buckeyes have won three straight when ranked in the top 10 and are 19–7 all-time against MSU in this scenario. 
  • 1998 was the last time the Spartans defeated Ohio State when the Buckeyes were ranked in the Top 10 and Michigan State was not ranked.
  • Ohio State's longest winning streak in this series is the eight straight won in the games played between 1975 and 1984. 

THE LAST TEN AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE

The Buckeyes are 7–3 in the last ten games against Sparty. Ohio State has outscored MSU 281-156 in those games.

LAST TEN UP THERE

The Buckeyes are 9–1 in the last ten games played in the state to the north. The average score has been 29-15 in those games. The Buckeyes have won seven straight played in Spartan Stadium.

OHIO STATE'S RECORD VERSUS MICHIGAN STATE WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MSU IS NOT

Ohio State is 14–4 against the Spartans in this scenario. The Buckeyes have won 12 of the last 13 when they are ranked and MSU is not. Let's not talk about the one horrifically horrible loss.

Campbell
 
LAST TEN GAMES VERSUS MICHIGAN STATE
YEAR LOCATION SCORE
2019 H 34-10
2018 A 26-6
2017 H 48-3
2016 A 17-16
2015 H 14-17
2014 A 49-37
2013 N 24-34
2012 A 17-16
2011 H 7-10
2008 A 45-7
     
TOTAL 7–3 281-156

 

ALL-TIME RESULTS BY DIFFERENT CATEGORIES

Below you will find a crap load of stats and records compiled using The Ohio State Media Guide.
 

OHIO STATE ALL-TIME VERSUS MICHIGAN STATE
  RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 33–15 .688 1,240-773 26-16
HOME 16–9 .640 662-421 27-17
AWAY 17–5 .773 554-318 25-15
NEUTRAL 0–1 .000 24-34 24-34

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MICHIGAN STATE IS RANKED
  RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 14–6 .700 558-350 28-18
HOME 7–4 .636 311-204 28-19
AWAY 7–1 .875 223-112 28-14
NEUTRAL 0–1 .000 24-34 24-34

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MICHIGAN STATE IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 14–4 .778 497-241 28-13
HOME 8–2 .800 286-137 29-14
AWAY 6–2 .750 211-104 26-13

 

OHIO STATE'S RECORD VERSUS MICHIGAN STATE BY DECADE
DECADE OVERALL WIN %   HOME WIN %   AWAY WIN %   NEUTRAL WIN%
2010s 6–3 .667   2–2 .500   4–0 1.000   0–1 .000
2000s 7–0 1.000   4–0 1.000   3–0 1.000      
1990s 5–2 .714   2–1 .667   3–1 .750      
1980s 5–2 .714   2–1 .667   3–1 .750      
1970s 5–3 .625   3–1 .750   2–2 .500      
1960s 4–2 .667   2–1 .667   2–1 .667      
1950s 1–2 .333   1–2 .333            
1940s                      
1930s                      
1920s                      
1910s 0–1 .000   0–1 .000            
                       
TOTAL 33–15 .688   16–9 .640   17–5 .773   0–1 .000

 

LAST TEN GAMES VERSUS MICHIGAN STATE
LAST TEN RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 7–3 .700 281-156 28-16
HOME 7–3 .700 274-166 27-17
AWAY 9–1 .900 291-151 29-15

 

Mack
ALL-TIME RESULTS BY YEAR
 
2010 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK MSU RANK
2019 H 34-10 No. 4 No. 25
2018 A 26-6 No. 8 No. 24
2017 H 48-3 No. 11 No. 13
2016 A 17-16 No. 2  
2015 H 14-17 No. 2 No. 9
2014 A 49-37 No. 14 No. 8
2013 N 24-34 No. 2 No. 10
2012 A 17-16 No. 14 No. 20
2011 H 7-10    

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 6–3 236-149 26-17
HOME 2–2 103-40 26-10
AWAY 4–0 109-75 27-19
NEUTRAL 0–1 24-34 24-34

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MICHIGAN STATE IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 1–0 17-16 17-16
HOME      
AWAY 1–0 17-16 17-16

Through the 2010s, Michigan State kept Ohio State's average winning score to single digits. Not every Big Ten school can say that. In fact, the Spartans are the only team to defeat the Buckeyes three times since 2010.

Ohio State was 6–3 (.667) against MSU between 2010-19 and 17–3 (.850) against That Team and the Non Rival in that same time span.

Never Forget
2000 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK MSU RANK
2008 A 45-7 No. 12 No. 20
2007 H 24-17 No. 1  
2006 A 38-7 No. 1  
2005 H 35-24 No. 15 No. 16
2004 A 32-19    
2003 H 33-23 No. 7 No. 14
2000 H 27-13 No. 16  

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 7–0 234-110 33-16
HOME 4–0 119-77 30-19
AWAY 3–0 115-33 38-11

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MICHIGAN STATE IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 3–0 89-37 30-12
HOME 2–0 51-30 26-15
AWAY 1–0 38-7 38-7

John Cooper and Jim Tressel combined for a perfect 7–0 record against Sparty in the first decade of the new millennium. The closest MSU came to defeating the Buckeyse was 2007, Mark Dantonio's first year in East Lansing. 

Dantonio
1990 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK MSU RANK
1999 A 7-23 No. 20 No. 19
1998 H 24-28 No. 1  
1997 A 37-13 No. 9 No. 21
1994 A 23-7    
1993 H 28-21 No. 5 No. 25
1992 A 27-17    
1991 H 27-17 No. 14  

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–2 173-126 25-18
HOME 2–1 79-66 26-22
AWAY 3–1 94-60 24-15

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MICHIGAN STATE IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 2–0 51-45 26-23
HOME 2–0 51-45 26-23
AWAY      

Two losses to Michigan State in the '90s. One devastating loss in 1998. Damn you, Nick Saban.

Nineteen Ninety Mother Fucking Eight
1980 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK MSU RANK
1988 A 10-20    
1987 H 7-13 No. 15 No. 20
1984 A 23-20 No. 8  
1983 H 21-11 No. 17  
1982 A 31-10 No. 12  
1981 H 27-13 No. 8  
1980 A 48-16 No. 9  

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–2 167-103 24-15
HOME 2–1 55-37 18-12
AWAY 3–1 112-66 28-17

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MICHIGAN STATE IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–0 150-70 30-14
HOME 2–0 48-24 24-12
AWAY 3–0 102-46 34-15

Ohio State's 8-game winning streak against the Spartans came to an abrupt end in 1987. The loss, along with the shocking upset by Indiana a couple of weeks earlier, was the beginning of the end for Earle Bruce as the Buckeyes' head coach.

1982
1970 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK MSU RANK
1979 H 42-0 No. 4  
1976 H 49-21 No. 4  
1975 A 21-0 No. 3 No. 11
1974 A 13-16 No. 1  
1973 H 35-0 No. 1  
1972 A 12-19 No. 5  
1971 H 10-17 No. 9  
1970 A 29-0 No. 1  

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–3 211-73 26-9
HOME 3–1 136-38 34-10
AWAY 2–2 75-35 19-9

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MICHIGAN STATE IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 4–3 190-73 27-10
HOME 3–1 136-38 34-10
AWAY 1–2 54-35 18-12

To say the 1974 game ended in controversy is an understatement. ABC ended the broadcast 10 minutes after final snap and a winner had yet to be determined.

It took 46 minutes after the game for Big Ten commissioner Wayne Duke to announce the winner. Duke ruled Ohio State failed to snap the ball before time expired.

Below is video of the last 40 seconds of the game. Coach Hayes finished his days believing the Buckeyes were robbed. What do you think?

 
1960 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK TTUN RANK
1969 H 54-21 No. 1 No. 19
1968 H 25-20 No. 2 No. 16
1967 A 21-7    
1966 H 8-11   No. 1
1965 A 7-32   No. 4
1960 A 21-10 No. 8 No. 10

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 4–2 136-101 23-17
HOME 2–1 87-52 29-17
AWAY 2–1 49-49 16-16

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MICHIGAN STATE IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 0–0    
HOME      
AWAY      

For the first time in series history, Ohio State played Michigan State in East Lansing. The Buckeyes left Spartan Stadium with the victory in 1960 and ended the decade with a winning record. 

1969
1950 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK MSU RANK
1959 H 30-24    
1953 H 13-28 No. 16 No. 5
1951 H 20-24 No. 7 No. 1

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 1–2 63-76 21-25
HOME 1–2 63-76 21-25
AWAY      

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND MICHIGAN STATE IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 0–0    
HOME      
AWAY      

1959 marked the first time Ohio State defeated Michigan State. The win ended a three-game losing streak to Sparty. That is the only time this series' history for MSU to win three consecutive games against the Buckeyes.

1910 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE
1912 H 20-35

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY // RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 0–1 20-35 20-35
HOME 0–1 20-35 20-35
AWAY      

On Thanksgiving Day, 1912, Ohio State played Michigan State for the first time. On the Buckeyes' last day of the season, John Macklin's Spartans beat John Richards and the Scarlet and Gray, 35-20 on Ohio Field. 

It was Richards' first, and only, year as Ohio State's head coach and he finished with a 6–3 record. John Wilce took over in 1913 and retained the position through the 1928 season and left as the Buckeyes' winningest coach with 78 victories. A title he held until one Wayne Woodrow Hayes came to town.

John Wilce

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