1998 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1998 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1998 record 6–5 (4–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Nick Saban (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill (4th year)
Offensive scheme Pro Set
Defensive coordinator Chris Cosh (1st year)
Base defense 4-3
Captain Garett Gould
Captain Sedrick Irvin
Captain Jason Strayhorn
Captain Amp Campbell
Home stadium Spartan Stadium
(Capacity: 72,027)
Seasons
« 1997 1999 »
1998 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#6/5 Wisconsin §   7 1         11 1  
#12/12 Michigan §   7 1         10 3  
#24/23 Purdue   6 2         9 4  
#17/15 Penn State*   0* 3         0* 3  
Michigan State   4 4         6 6  
Minnesota   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   2 6         4 7  
Illinois   2 6         3 8  
Iowa   2 6         3 8  
Northwestern   0 8         3 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1998 Michigan State Spartans football team competed on behalf of Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. Head coach Nick Saban was in his fourth season with the Spartans. Michigan State played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans went 6–6 overall and 4–4 in conference play.[1] The team did not play a bowl game following the 1998 regular season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 29 4:00 PM Colorado State* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (BCA Classic) L 16–23   68,624
September 5 3:30 PM at Oregon* Autzen StadiumEugene, OR ABC L 48–14   43,634
September 12 8:00 PM #10 Notre Dame* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) ABC W 45–23   74,267
September 26 12:00 PM at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC L 17–29   111,238
October 3 1:00 PM Central Michigan* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 38–7   70,905
October 10 12:00 PM Indianadagger Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) ESPN W 38–31 OT  73,425
October 24 12:00 PM at Minnesota MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN ESPN+ L 18–19   41,327
October 31 12:00 PM Northwestern Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 29–5   67,473
November 7 3:30 PM at #1/1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 28–24   93,595
November 14 12:00 PM Purdue Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ L 24–25   69,010
November 21 1:00 PM Illinois Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 41–9   67,285
November 28 1:00 PM at #23 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Land Grant Trophy) ABC W 28–51 (loss)  (vacated) 96,358
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP / Coaches Polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1999 NFL Draft[edit]

The following players were selected in the 1999 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Dimitrius Underwood 1 29 Defensive End Minnesota Vikings
Sedrick Irvin 4 103 Running Back Detroit Lions


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