With a 31-27 loss to Illinois on Saturday, Michigan State fell to 2-7, marking their worst start to a season since 1991. That season, the Spartans began the season 1-7 before winning two of their final three games to finish 3-8.
Having lost seven games this season, Michigan State will be ineligible for the postseason for the first time since 2006.
The Spartans have now lost seven straight after beginning the year with two non-conference wins. Mark Dantonio’s team is 0-5 in the Big Ten, tied with Rutgers for the conference’s worst record.
Prior to this season, Michigan State has reached a bowl game in all nine years of Dantonio’s time as coach. The worst record the Spartans have ever had under Dantonio was 6-7 in 2009.
Last year, Michigan State won the Big Ten with a 12-1 record before losing in the Cotton Bowl.