1986 Michigan State Spartans football team
|1986 Michigan State Spartans football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1986 record||6–5 (4–4 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||George Perles (4th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Nick Saban (4th season)|
Spartan Stadium |
|1986 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 8 Michigan +||7||–||1||–||0||11||–||2||–||0|
|No. 7 Ohio State +||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||3||–||0|
|No. 16 Iowa||5||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1986 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth season under head coach George Perles, the Spartans compiled a 6–5 overall record (4–4 against Big Ten opponents) and finished in fifth place in the Big Ten Conference.
Six Spartans were recognized by the Associated Press (AP) and/or the United Press International (UPI) on the 1984 All-Big Ten Conference football team: receivers Andre Rison (AP-1; UPI-1) and Mark Ingram, Sr. (AP-2); defensive linemen John Budde (AP-2) and Mark Nichols (AP-2); linebacker Shane Bullough (AP-2; UPI-1); and punter Greg Montgomery (AP-1; UPI-1).
|September 13||at Arizona State*||No. 20||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, Arizona||L 17–20||70,689|
|September 20||No. 20 Notre Dame*||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan (Megaphone Trophy)||W 20–15||79,895|
|September 27||Western Michigan*||No. 19||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan||W 45–10||65,907|
|October 4||No. 11 Iowa||No. 17||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan||L 21–24||75,102|
|October 11||2:30 PM||at No. 4 Michigan||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan (Paul Bunyan Trophy)||CBS||L 6–27||106,141|
|October 18||at Illinois||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, Illinois||W 29–21||75,083|
|October 25||Purdue||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan||W 37–3||77,063|
|November 1||at Minnesota||Metrodome • Minneapolis||W 52–23||57,408|
|November 8||Indiana||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan (Old Brass Spittoon)||L 14–17||64,973|
|November 15||at Northwestern||No. 24||Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois||L 21–24||26,711|
|November 22||Wisconsin||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan||W 23–13||60,285|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time|
- "Michigan State Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
- "Harbaugh heads All-Big Ten team". The Michigan Daily. November 26, 1986. p. 8.
- "Woodson, Waiters Both All-Big Ten". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. November 25, 1986. p. 10.
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