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1988 Michigan State Spartans football
Gator Bowl vs. Georgia, L, 27–34
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1988 record6–5–1 (6–1–1 Big Ten)
Head coachGeorge Perles (6th season)
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 76,000 natural grass)
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
1988 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Michigan 7 0 1     9 2 1
Michigan State 6 1 1     6 5 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
Iowa 4 1 3     6 4 3
#20/19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 3 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Ohio State 2 5 1     4 6 1
Northwestern 2 5 1     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     1 10 0
Minnesota 0 6 2     2 7 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1988 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Spartans played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan and were coached by George Perles. The team finished second in the Big Ten Conference with a 6–1–1 conference record, and a 6–5–1 overall record.[1][2] Michigan State was invited to the 1989 Gator Bowl, losing to Georgia 27–34.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10* Rutgers Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 13–17   70,693
September 17* 12:00 PM #8 Notre Dame Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) ABC L 3–20   77,472
September 24* at Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL L 7–30   61,757
October 1 Iowa Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI T 10–10   76,348
October 8 at #17 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) L 3–17   106,208
October 15† Northwestern Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 36–3   76,952
October 22 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 28–21   65,771
October 29 Ohio State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 20–10   77,111
November 5 at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 48–3   55,639
November 12 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Brass Spittoon) W 38–12   50,738
November 19 Wisconsin Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 36–0   76,372
January 1* vs. Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) L 27–34   76,236
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

1989 NFL DraftEdit

The following players were selected in the 1989 NFL Draft.[3]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Tony Mandarich 1 2 Tackle Green Bay Packers
Andre Rison 1 22 Wide Receiver Indianapolis Colts
Kevin Robbins 3 75 Tackle Los Angeles Rams
Kurt Larson 8 212 Linebacker Indianapolis Colts

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