1957 Michigan State Spartans football team
The 1957 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1957 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth season under head coach Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans compiled an 8–1 overall record (5–1 against Big Ten opponents), finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference, and were ranked #3 in both the final AP Poll and the final Coaches Poll. Michigan State was named national champion by Dunkel System, an NCAA-designated major selector.
|1957 Michigan State Spartans football|
National champion (Dunkel)
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1957 record||8–1 (5–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Duffy Daugherty (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Spartan Stadium |
|1957 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 2 Ohio State $||7||–||0||–||0||9||–||1||–||0|
|No. 3 Michigan State||5||–||1||–||0||8||–||1||–||0|
|No. 6 Iowa||4||–||1||–||1||7||–||1||–||1|
|No. 19 Wisconsin||4||–||3||–||0||6||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
Six Spartans were selected as first-team players on the 1957 All-Big Ten Conference football team: quarterback Jim Ninowski (AP-1, UP-1); fullback Walt Kowalczyk (AP-1, UP-1); center Dan Currie (AP-1, UP-1); tackle Pat Burke (AP-1, UP-1); end Sam Williams (UP-1); and guard Ellison Kelly (UP-1).
The 1957 Spartans won all three of their annual rivalry games. In the annual Indiana–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Hoosiers by a 54 to 0 score. In the Notre Dame rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish by a 34 to 6 score. And, in the annual Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Wolverines by a 35 to 6 score.
In non-conference play, the Spartans also defeated California, 19-0, and Kansas State, 27-9.
|September 28||Indiana||No. 4||W 54–0|
|October 5||at California*||No. 2||W 19–0|
|October 12||at No. 6 Michigan||No. 2||W 35–6|
|October 19||Purdue||No. 1||L 13–20|
|October 26||No. 16 Illinois||No. 8||W 19–14|
|November 2||at Wisconsin||No. 6||W 21–7|
|November 9||No. 15 Notre Dame*||No. 4||W 34–6|
|November 16||Minnesota||No. 4||W 42–13|
|November 23||Kansas State*||No. 1||W 27–9|
- "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 155. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- "1957 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. p. 113. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- "Coaches' All-Big Ten Team". The Sandusky Register. November 30, 1957. p. 8.
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