2014 Rose Bowl: Graphic shows a lot more Michigan State fans for game than Stanford (Photo)

Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State fans celebrate the closing minutes of the Big Ten Championships against Ohio State at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

On New Year’s Day, the Big Ten Champion Michigan State Spartans will take on the Pac-12 Champion Stanford Cardinal in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl.

For Stanford fans, this is really nothing new. They won last year’s game over the Wisconsin Badgers, and are seeking their second straight victory in the Granddaddy of ‘em All.

For Michigan State, though, this is a moment that they’ve been waiting for for quite some time now. Their last appearance in the Rose Bowl as the champs of the Big Ten was all the way back in 1988, a 20-17 victory over the USC Trojans.

With their Big Ten Championship Game win over the previously-unbeaten Ohio State Buckeyes a few weeks ago, they ended the long drought and Spartans fans can now go enjoy the wonders of California.

And believe me, they are.

A recent graphic for the Rose Bowl stadium distribution of fans shows that there will be significantly more Michigan State faithful at the game on New Year’s Day than there will be Stanford fans.


Basically, the game may as well have been played at Spartan Stadium.

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  • Ali

    This graphic only represents 2% of the fans attending the Rose Bowl. It just so happens that 3 times as many MSU fans have logged their tickets on the website this graphic was taken from.

    • curtieson

      Exactly…and when you consider that Stanford received ~20% more tickets than MSU that makes sense as to how MSU needs to purchase more 3rd party just to catch up! The big question is going to be, how many Spartan fans actually bought tickets from Stanford via the $100-$200 season ticket deposit?