1997 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1997 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Aloha Bowl, L 23–51 vs. Washington
Conference Big Ten Conference
1997 record 7–5 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Nick Saban (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Pro set
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees (3rd season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (72,027)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Michigan $   8 0         12 0  
No. 12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
No. 16 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
No. 15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Michigan State Spartans football team competed on behalf of Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference during the 1997 Big Ten Conference football season. Head coach Nick Saban was in his third season with the Spartans. Michigan State played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans went 7–4 overall and 4–4 in conference play during the regular season.[1] The team played in the Aloha Bowl on December 25, 1997, where they were defeated 51–23 by the Washington Huskies.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 12:30 PM Western Michigan* No. 25 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 42–10   72,317[2]
September 13 1:00 PM Memphis* No. 23 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 51–21   72,131[3]
September 20 1:30 PM at Notre Dame* No. 18 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC W 23–7   80,225[4]
October 4 1:00 PM Minnesotadagger No. 13 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 31–10   75,263[5]
October 11 12:30 PM at Indiana No. 11 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Brass Spittoon) ESPN2 W 38–6   35,082[6]
October 18 3:30 PM at Northwestern No. 11 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ABC L 17–19   47,129[7]
October 25 12:30 PM No. 5 Michigan No. 14 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ESPN L 7–23   79,687[8]
November 1 3:30 PM No. 9 Ohio State No. 20 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ABC L 13–37   74,903[9]
November 8 12:30 PM at No. 24 Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2 L 21–22   55,539[10]
November 22 2:00 PM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 27–17   30,087[11]
November 29 1:00 PM No. 4 Penn State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Land Grant Trophy) ABC W 49–14   73,623[12]
December 25 3:30 PM vs. No. 21 Washington* No. 25 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI (Aloha Bowl) ABC L 23–51   34,419[13]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 234Total
• Michigan St 14 333 23
Notre Dame 0 700 7

[14]

Michigan State's first win versus Notre Dame since 1986.

1998 NFL Draft[edit]

The following players were selected in the 1998 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Flozell Adams 2 38 Offensive Tackle Dallas Cowboys
Ike Reese 5 142 Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
Scott Shaw 5 143 Offensive Guard Miami Dolphins

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997 Schedule". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Game One Statistics". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. September 6, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Game Two Statistics". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. September 13, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Game Three Statistics". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. September 20, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Game Four Statistics". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. October 4, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Michigan State–Indian Stats". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. October 11, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Michigan State–Northwestern Statistics". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. October 18, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Michigan State–Michigan Statistics". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. October 25, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Ohio State vs. Michigan State Summary (Final)". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. November 1, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "Michigan State vs. Purdue Stats". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. November 8, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Michigan State vs. Illinois Statistics". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. November 22, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Penn State vs. Michigan State Statistics". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. November 29, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Washington vs. Michigan Statistics". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. December 25, 1997. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  14. ^ "Michigan State vs. Notre Dame". USA Today. September 20, 1997. Retrieved August 17, 2014.