1953 Michigan State Spartans football
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 28–20 vs. UCLA
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
Record9–1 (5–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
MVPLeroy Bolden
CaptainDonald Dohoney
Home stadiumMacklin Stadium
(capacity: 51,000)
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Michigan State + 5 1 0 9 1 0
No. 7 Illinois + 5 1 0 7 1 1
No. 15 Wisconsin 4 1 1 6 2 1
Ohio State 4 3 0 6 3 0
Minnesota 3 3 1 4 4 1
No. 20 Michigan 3 3 0 6 3 0
No. 9 Iowa 3 3 0 5 3 1
Purdue 2 4 0 2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0 2 7 0
Northwestern 0 6 0 3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1953 Big Ten Conference football season. This was the Spartans' inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference and share the conference title with Illinois with a 5–1 record. They represented the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl, defeated UCLA, 28–20, and finished ranked third in both the AP and Coaches polls.[1][2]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 26at IowaNo. 2W 21–747,125
October 3at MinnesotaNo. 2W 21–061,594
October 10TCU*No. 2W 26–1951,049
October 17IndianadaggerNo. 2
  • Macklin Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI (rivalry)
W 47–1851,698
October 24at PurdueNo. 2L 0–635,000
October 31Oregon State*No. 6
  • Macklin Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
W 34–651,108
November 7Ohio StateNo. 5W 28–1382,328
November 14MichiganNo. 4
  • Macklin Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI (rivalry)
W 14–652,324
November 21Marquette*No. 3
  • Macklin Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
W 21–1542,170
January 1, 1954vs. No. 5 UCLA*No. 3W 28–20100,100
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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References

  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 154. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "1953 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Football Statistics Summary for 1953". msuspartans.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013.