|1955 Michigan State Spartans football|
National champion (Boand)
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1955 record||9–1 (5–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Duffy Daugherty (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Macklin Stadium |
|1955 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 5 Ohio State $||6||–||0||–||0||7||–||2||–||0|
|No. 2 Michigan State||5||–||1||–||0||9||–||1||–||0|
|No. 12 Michigan||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1955 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1955 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third season in Big Ten play and their second season under head coach Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans compiled a 9–1 overall record (5–1 against Big Ten opponents) and were ranked No. 2 behind Oklahoma in the final AP Poll.
Three Michigan State players were selected by the AP as first-team players on the 1955 All-Big Ten Conference football team: quarterback Earl Morrall, tackle Norm Masters, and guard Carl Nystrom. Halfback Jerry Planutis was selected for the second team.
The 1955 Spartans won two of their three annual rivalry games. In the annual Indiana–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Hoosiers by a 20–13 score. In the Notre Dame rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish by a 21–14 score. And, in the annual Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans suffered their only loss, losing to the Wolverines by a 14–7 score.
|September 24||at Indiana||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN (Rivalry)||W 20–13||23,000|
|October 1||at No. 2 Michigan||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Rivalry)||L 7–14||97,239|
|October 8||No. 20 Stanford*||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 38–14||47,586|
|October 15||No. 4 Notre Dame*||No. 13||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Rivalry)||W 21–7||52,007|
|October 22||Illinois||No. 6||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 21–7||51,851|
|October 29||at Wisconsin||No. 5||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 27–0||53,529|
|November 5||at Purdue||No. 4||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN||W 27–0||41,000|
|November 12||Minnesota||No. 3||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 42–14||51,605|
|November 19||Marquette*||No. 3||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 33–0||41,814|
|January 2, 1956||vs. No. 4 UCLA*||No. 2||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl)||W 17–14||100,809|
- "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 155. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- "1955 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- "Cassady, Kramer, Jones Repeat on Big 10 Team". The Milwaukee Sentinel. November 22, 1955.
- "Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
- "1955 Michigan State Spartans". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
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