The State Of Michigan Trophy: 2011-2012 Update Michigan vs Michigan State

The “State Of Michigan” Trophy

Drew Montag

15 April 2012

Another academic year is in the books, and Michigan won the “State Of Michigan” Trophy again!  Barring a meeting or two between the baseball or softball teams in postseason play, Michigan and Michigan State are done playing each other this academic year.  The current, and probably final, score for 2011-2012 is 35-19, in favor of the Wolverines.

The score was close for most of the year, with MSU jumping out to an early 6-0 lead after the first 3 events, and Michigan finally tying it up (9-9) when they beat MSU in the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament on 12/30/2011.  Michigan won 4 of the next 5 events to open up a comfortable lead (17-11), but MSU won 3 in a row to tie it up (17-17) on 02/10/2012.  From that point on, it was all Michigan.  UM won 9 of the last 10 events, the only blemish being a 13-inning loss in baseball, to crush MSU in the final total.

A quick look at the overall summary (Season: Summary / Sport: All) shows that UM now holds a commanding 11-1 lead in the 12 years covered by the State Of Michigan Trophy.  Over that period, Michigan is 186-116-18 vs. MSU, for a winning percentage of 61.6%.  Michigan has a winning record in 13 of the 17 individual sports, including perfect records in 4 of them (men’s and women’s gymnastics and swimming & diving).

Background

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 17 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.

May the best University win!