The last time a UM vs MSU football match was this important, the Beatles landed in America

Most of the parents of current Michigan and Michigan state students weren’t even born the last time a football game between these two inner-state rivals was so important.

Saturday’s game between the Wolverines and the Spartans will be the first time in their 113-year history between these two state rivals that both teams are at least 7-0. It is also the first match where the two teams are ranked in the Top 10 since the same year the Beatles landed in the United States.

The setting was East Lansing on October 10, 1964. Seventh-ranked Michigan faced 9th-ranked MSU in one of the biggest games of the decades-long rivalry, with Michigan winning 17-10 ahead of 78. 234 people. It was only the fourth game against each other where both teams were ranked in the Top 10.

If your grandparents had gone to this game it would have cost them 30 cents a gallon to refuel as they walked to and from the game. They were probably listening to Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” on their car radios – the song that topped the charts that week, according to Billboard.

At that time, people flocked to theaters to see “Mary Poppins” and “My Fair Lady,” spending $ 1.25 to $ 2 a ticket. They were the two highest grossing films of 1964, according to IMDB.

It cost 5 cents to post a letter the last time the game was this big, according to You could buy a Ford Mustang for about $ 2,300 and a loaf of bread cost 30 cents.

According to IMDB, actresses Marisa Tomei and Teri Hatcher were born almost two months after the game was last this big. Rob Lowe, Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, and Keanu Reeves were all babies around this time.

You can watch this weekend’s game live on FOX at noon on Saturday, October 30. Michigan’s No.6 is favored by four over the No.8-ranked Spartans. The Wolverines lead the 71-37-5 all-time series.


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