For the first time since 1955 and 1956, Michigan State has put together two perfect seasons at home, back-to-back.
MSU is in the midst of a 14-game home winning streak that dates back to the start of the 2010 season. That's the longest home streak for Sparty since 1953, when MSU's 19-game home win streak was snapped by Purdue.
Spartan Stadium holds a measly 75,005 fans, but the proximity of those fans to the field makes for a unique atmosphere in the Big Ten.
The fans, almost on top of the field, hurl insults and foul language at the visiting bench, mere feet from the front row of seats. The MSU student section is relentless in its energy, and chants on a**hole can be heard whenever any fan dressed in a color other than green or white appears in the stadium.
Spartan Stadium has also been home to some incredible finishes these past two seasons. First, Michigan State called a gutsy fake field goal in overtime to top Notre Dame in 2010. Last season, a final-second Hail Mary barely crossed the goal line—a review that was almost too difficult to make as the rowdy crowd erupted, making the television cameras shake so severely as to make an appropriate review difficult.
Lucky for MSU, a replay from a steady camera with a decent angle was found, and the official announced the touchdown.
But again showing the rowdiness of the crowd, the referee didn't even finish his sentence before the partisan crowd drowned him out and stormed the field.
Spartan Stadium is also home to one of the greatest mascots in college football. Sparty, one of the first now ubiquitous foam-rubber mascots, is nationally recognized, thanks to ESPN commercials, was named “buffest mascot” by Muscle and Fitness magazine, and even appeared on a soda bottle label for Jones Soda in honor of Sparty's back-to-back “Mascot of the Year” awards in 2004 and 2005.