Magazine: UM is No. 2, MSU No. 9 for scholarly football fans

The Detroit News
Michigan fans celebrate in the final moments of the win over BYU earlier this season.

The best places to get your sheepskin and your pigskin? Well, if you go to Ann Arbor or East Lansing, you're not doing too bad, according to Money magazine.

In the periodical Money's "13 Best Colleges for Scholarly Football Fanatics," Michigan ranked only behind Stanford at No. 2 while in-state rival Michigan State came in at No. 9.

Of Michigan, the writer notes: "Michigan‘s stadium — nicknamed 'The Big House' — is the largest in North America, with a capacity of more than 100,000.

"What’s more, it’s pretty much always sold out on game day. Wolverines fans are rabid — and for good reason. Their team ranks No. 2 overall in all-time win-loss records by percentage and No. 1 by all-time victories, according to the NCAA. Michigan also participates in one of the nation’s fiercest rivalries, against Ohio State."

Mark Dantonio gets a shoutout for the Spartans' prominence in scholarly football circles.

Of MSU, Time notes: "Since 2009, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and team have won two Big Ten championships. They’re playing against the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes Dec. 5 for another Big Ten championship. Among their many claims to football fame, the Spartans played the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a legendary and controversial 1966 contest that would come to be called the “Game of the Century.”

Notre Dame is No. 6 and Ohio State comes in at No. 13.