Michigan State University
Winners of 20 national team titles, the Spartans boast a proud history and, in recent decades, a perennial presence near the top of the powerhouse Big Ten conference. Whether it’s on the hardcourt, the gridiron or the ice, MSU has won its way to universal respect – including nine Final Fours (seven since 1988), six football championships and three hockey titles – even in a state long dominated by its legendary nemesis, Michigan. Like the fierce Greek militia that inspires their name, the green and white-clad Spartan nation fears no foe.
Nickname:
Spartans
Top Rivals:
The University of Michigan, Penn State, Indiana University
Style Facts:
Among college sports’ most famous mascots, “Sparty,” as the big, buff, bulging Spartan warrior is known, is actually the live-action manifestation of its namesake, the imposing 9’7”, 6,600-pound statue that serves as a favorite campus photo (and selfie) subject. And while the anonymous student who sports the high-tech, $12,000 costume each year is a closely held secret, they've brought home three national Best Mascot titles since 2004.