State Of Michigan Trophy

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 19 years except once (2009-2010). Even then, it came down to the last contest.

Date Sport Venue Score Points Comments Article
10/06/2019 (W) Field Hockey Ann Arbor 8 0 2 0   Southam Earns Hat Trick in Wolverine Rout of No. 24 Michigan State No. 24 MSU Ousted by No. 9 Michigan in Ann Arbor
10/19/2019 (W) Soccer East Lansing 3 2 2 0   Yekka Scores Late Game-Winner to Lift Michigan Past Michigan State MSU Women’s Soccer Falls to No. 19 Michigan, 3-2, on Alumni Day
10/29/2019 (M) Soccer Ann Arbor 2 0 2 0   Wolverines Capture Big Bear Trophy in Shutout Win Over Michigan State MSU Loses Battle for the Big Bear Trophy to Michigan Tuesday
11/06/2019 (W) Volleyball Ann Arbor 3 1 2 0   Jones Leads Wolverines Past Spartans in Four Sets Wolverines Hold Off Spartans
11/10/2019 (M) Soccer Ann Arbor 2 1 2 0 Big Ten Tournament, Quarterfinals Broche, Hallahan Lead Wolverines to Quarterfinal Comeback vs. MSU Spartan Soccer Falls to Michigan in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
11/14/2019 (M) Hockey Ann Arbor 3 4 0 2   Michigan Jumps Out Early, Unable to Hold Off MSU in Opener Spartans Come Back to Beat Michigan on the Road, 4-3
11/16/2019 (M) Football Ann Arbor 44 10 2 0   Wolverines Retain Paul Bunyan Trophy in Rout of MSU Spartans Fall at No. 15 Michigan
11/16/2019 (M) Hockey East Lansing 0 3 0 2   Michigan Drops Series Finale at Michigan State Spartans Sweep Michigan With 3-0 Shutout on Saturday
11/20/2019 (W) Volleyball East Lansing 3 2 2 0   Michigan Rallies to Take Down Rival Spartans in Five Sets Five-Set Heartbreaker Goes to Visiting Wolverines
01/05/2020 (M) Basketball East Lansing 69 87 0 2   Wolverines Fall at No. 14 Michigan State Winston’s Career High 32 Points Lead No. 14 Michigan State Past No. 12 Michigan, 87-69
01/05/2020 (W) Basketball Ann Arbor 89 69 2 0   Dilk, Hillmon Help Lead Michigan to Big Win Over MSU Michigan State Women Drops In-State Battle to Michigan
01/10/2020 (M) Wrestling Ann Arbor 22 14 2 0   Strong Start, Explosive Finish Key U-M Win over Rival Spartans Spartan Wrestling's Late Rally Falls Short at No. 25 Michigan, 22-14
01/31/2020 (W) Swimming & Diving Ann Arbor 181 83 2 0   Wolverines Down Michigan State to Cap Regular Season Spartans Fall On The Road To Michigan
01/31/2020 (M) Swimming & Diving Ann Arbor 195 76 2 0 42 dual meets in a row for UM over MSU in men's swimming and diving Michigan Trounces Spartans on Senior Night Spartans Fall On The Road To Michigan
02/08/2020 (M) Basketball Ann Arbor 77 68 2 0   Simpson, Returning Livers Lead U-M to Big Win over No. 16 MSU Michigan State Falls Short at Michigan, 77-68
02/14/2020 (M) Hockey East Lansing 5 1 2 0   Slaker's Two Goals Propel Michigan to Victory at MSU Spartans Drop Series Opener to Michigan
02/17/2020 (M) Hockey Detroit, MI 4 1 2 0 Duel In The D, Little Caesars Arena Michigan Claims Duel in the D, Takes Over Third in B1G Standings Spartans Fall to Michigan in Detroit
02/23/2020 (W) Basketball East Lansing 65 57 2 0   Michigan Uses Late Run to Sweep MSU Second-Half Comeback Falls Short Against Michigan
03/06/2020 (M) Hockey Ann Arbor 3 0 2 0 Big Ten Tournament, Quarterfinals, Game 1, Best-of-3 series Wolverines Shut Out Michigan State in B1G Playoff Opener Spartans Drop Series Opener at Michigan
03/07/2020 (M) Hockey Ann Arbor 3 0 2 0 Big Ten Tournament, Quarterfinals, Game 2, Best-of-3 series U-M Blanks MSU For Second Straight Night, Advances to B1G Semifinals Spartans' Season Ends in Big Ten Tournament
03/13/2020 (M) Tennis Ann Arbor         Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions    
03/28/2020 (W) Tennis East Lansing         Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions    
04/14/2020 (M) Baseball East Lansing         Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions    
04/15/2020 (W) Softball Ann Arbor         Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions    
04/21/2020 (W) Softball East Lansing         Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions    
05/05/2020 (M) Baseball Ann Arbor         Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions    
Total   34 6  

Record UM MSU
Home 12-1-0 (0.923) 2-4-0 (0.333)
Away 4-2-0 (0.667) 1-12-0 (0.077)
Neutral 1-0-0 (1.000) 0-1-0 (0.000)
Total 17-3-0 (0.850) 3-17-0 (0.150)

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