The “State Of Michigan” Trophy – 01/03/2016 – Drew Montag

It’s back, bigger and better than ever: the “State Of Michigan” Trophy! Get all the information on one of the most heated rivalries in all of college sports: the University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University. Not just the “marquee” sports, but all 20 men’s and women’s sports with head-to-head competition. First, some history:

Back in September 2003, Pontiac started ‘The Pontiac Challenge’, to track the head-to-head competition between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University for the whole school year. They divided the school year up into 3 sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring), and awarded a trophy to the winner of each session, with the current winner keeping it in the case of a tie.

Not too surprisingly, UM won (or tied) every session for all 3 years that Pontiac sponsored the Challenge (2003-2004, 2004-2005, and 2005-2006). Also not too surprisingly, Pontiac lost interest when the Challenge got too one-sided. So, after the 2005-2006 season, they dropped it, but I picked it up. However, I thought their setup with the 3 sessions and a goofy scoring system could be improved, so I changed it to a single session (the whole school year), with 2 points for each win, and 1 point for each tie.

From 2006-2010, I used Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to track the results. I used the built-in spreadsheet-to-HTML converter in Excel to generate the Web pages, which I then had to upload to my Web site. It was clumsy, to say the least, so I wrote a PHP script, with some Javascript, to use MySQL to generate the Web pages ‘on demand’. I also entered all the old data for the seasons going back to 2000-2001, which is as far back as I can find reliable information.

A quick look at the ‘Season: Summary/Sport: All’ page will show that UM has won the State of Michigan Trophy every year for the last 15 years except once (2009-2010). Even then, it came down to the last contest.

May the best University win!

Drew Montag

Drew Montag, Basketball Editor

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