In a list of the top 25 football programs over the last 25 years compiled by The Big Lead's Jason Lisk, the University of Michigan earned a higher ranking than MSU.

Lisk used the amount of national titles, Top Ten finishes, Top 25 finishes and overall record over the last 25 years as his methodology to determine the best of the best.

Overall, six Big Ten programs appeared on the list.

In order: (2) Ohio State, (7) Nebraska, (12) Michigan, (17) Wisconsin, (19) Penn State and (24) Michigan State all earned the honors.

It's not entirely surprising Michigan beat out its East Lansing rival by 12 ranks.

Michigan still holds the record for winningest program and best win percentage in college football history.

In the last 25 seasons, the Wolverines also gained a title in 1997 as well as 18 finishes ranked in the Top 25.

Conversely, Michigan State has recent success during the Mark Dantonio era, which includes a 5-1 postseason record in the last seven seasons.

Only four Top Ten finishes and eight Top 25 finishes with no national titles, however, kept the Spartans at No. 24.

As far as the number one team on the list? That prestige couldn't belong to anyone other than the Crimson Tide.