1996 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1996 Michigan State Spartans football
Sun Bowl vs. Stanford, L, 0–38
Conference Big Ten Conference
1996 record 6–6 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Nick Saban (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Pro Set
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees (2nd year)
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (72,027)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#15/16 Northwestern §   7 1         9 3  
#7/7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18/18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20/20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1996 Michigan State Spartans football team competed on behalf of Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. Head coach Nick Saban was in his second season with the Spartans. Michigan State played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans went 6–5 overall and 5–3 in conference play during the regular season.[1] The team played in the Sun Bowl on December 31, 1996 and were defeated 0–38 by Stanford.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 12:30 PM Purdue Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN W 52–14   72,511
September 7 12:00 PM at #1 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ABC L 14–55   75,590
September 21 1:00 PM Louisville* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 20–30   70,311
September 28 12:30 PM Eastern Michigan* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI SCD W 47–0   69,941
October 5 2:00 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 30–37   70,397
October 12 12:00 PM Illinoisdagger Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 42–14   71,639
October 19 4:00 PM at Minnesota MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 27–9   45,434
October 26 12:30 PM Wisconsin Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 30–13   69,217
November 2 12:00 PM at #9 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC L 29–45   106,381
November 9 1:00 PM Indiana Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) W 38–15   64,719
November 23 3:30 PM at #7 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Land Grant Trophy) ABC L 29–32   96,263
December 31 2:30 PM vs. Stanford* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS L 0–38   42,271
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1997 NFL Draft[edit]

The following players were selected in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Derrick Mason 4 98 Wide Receiver Tennessee Oilers
Nigea Carter 6 197 Wide Receiver Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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