1987 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1987 Michigan State Spartans football
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Rose Bowl, W 20-17 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #8
AP #8
1987 record 9–2–1 (7–0–1 Big Ten)
Head coach George Perles
Defensive coordinator Nick Saban
Base defense Stunt 4-3
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (c. 76,000 natural grass)
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/8 Michigan State 7 0 1     9 2 1
#16/16 Iowa 6 2 0     10 3 0
#NR/20 Indiana 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/18 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Ohio State 4 4 0     6 4 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     6 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 1
Illinois 2 5 1     3 7 1
Northwestern 2 6 0     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1987 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team went 9–2–1 overall and 7–0–1 in conference play, becoming Big Ten Conference champions.[1] Michigan State beat Southern California to win the 1988 Rose Bowl, and finished the season ranked #8 in the AP and Coaches' polls. The first game of the season against Southern California was the first night game ever at Spartan Stadium.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 #19 Southern California* #17 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 27–13   77,922
September 19 7:45 PM at Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) ESPN L 8–31   59,075
September 26 Florida State* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 3–31   76,887
October 3 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 19–14   67,700
October 10 #12 Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) W 17–11   77,424
October 17 at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL W 38–0   29,113
October 24 Illinoisdagger Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI T 14–14   76,513
October 31 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 13–7   89,915
November 7 Purdue Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 45–3   76,933
November 14 #16 Indiana #13 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) ABC W 27–3   76,411
November 21 at Wisconsin #11 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 30–9   45,385
January 1 vs. #16 Southern California* #8 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC W 20–17   103,847
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1988 NFL Draft[edit]

The following players were selected in the 1988 NFL Draft.[2] Team members [(Tony Mandarich)}, Andre Rison and Percy Snow were drafted in later years.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Lorenzo White 1 22 Running Back Houston Oilers
Greg Montgomery 3 72 Punter Houston Oilers
David Houle 6 145 Guard New York Giants
Tim Moore 8 206 Linebacker Phoenix Cardinals
Mark Nichols 8 209 Nose Tackle Pittsburgh Steelers

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