2002 Michigan State Spartans football team

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2002 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Big Ten Conference
2002 record 4–8 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Bobby Williams / Morris Watts
Defensive coordinator Bill Miller
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (c. 72,027 natural grass)
Seasons
« 2001 2003 »
2002 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1/1 Ohio State #§   8 0         14 0  
#8/8 Iowa §   8 0         11 2  
#9/9 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
#16/15 Penn State   0* 3         0* 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Illinois   4 4         5 7  
Minnesota   3 5         8 5  
Wisconsin   2 6         8 6  
Michigan State   2 6         4 8  
Northwestern   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         3 9  
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions

The 2002 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Spartans played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. This was the third and final season for head coach Bobby Williams, who was replaced after the Michigan game by interim head coach Morris Watts.

The Spartans were coming off of a 7–5 season which ended with a victory in the 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic over the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 3:30 PM Eastern Michigan* #18 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 56–7   73,927
September 7 1:05 PM Rice* #15 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 27–10   74,014
September 14 12:00 PM California* #15 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 L 22–46   72,634
September 21 3:30 PM #12 Notre Dame* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) ABC L 17–21   75,182
September 28 1:05 PM Northwestern Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 39–24   74,215
October 12 12:00 PM at #17 Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN L 16–44   70,397
October 19 12:00 PM Minnesotadagger Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ L 7–28   74,232
October 26 7:00 PM Wisconsin Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 L 24–42   74,504
November 2 12:00 PM at #15 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ESPN2 L 3–49   111,542
November 9 1:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Brass Spittoon) W 56–21   29,253
November 16 12:00 PM Purdue Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ L 42–45   72,828
November 23 3:30 PM at #15 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Land Grant Trophy) ABC L 7–61   108,755
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. NR: Not Ranked. RV: Receiving votes.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP 18 18 15 15 RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Coaches 18 17 15 15 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

2003 NFL Draft[edit]

The following players were selected in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Charles Rogers 1 2 Wide Receiver Detroit Lions

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