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1995 Michigan State Spartans football
Independence Bowl vs. LSU, L, 26–45
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1995 record6–5–1 (4–3–1 Big Ten)
Head coachNick Saban (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Tranquill (1st season)
Offensive schemePro Set
Defensive coordinatorDean Pees (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (72,027)
Seasons
← 1994
1996 →
1995 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/7 Northwestern 8 0 0     10 2 0
#6/8 Ohio State 7 1 0     11 2 0
#13/12 Penn State 5 3 0     9 3 0
#17/19 Michigan 5 3 0     9 4 0
Michigan State 4 3 1     6 5 1
#25/22 Iowa 4 4 0     8 4 0
Illinois 3 4 1     5 5 1
Wisconsin 3 4 1     4 5 2
Purdue 2 5 1     4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0     3 8 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1995 Michigan State Spartans football team competed on behalf of Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference during the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. Head coach Nick Saban was in his first season with the Spartans. Michigan State played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans went 6–4–1 overall and 4–3–1 in conference play during the regular season.[1] The team played in the Independence Bowl on December 29, 1995 and were defeated 45–26 by Saban's future employer, LSU.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 9* 12:00 PM #2 Nebraska Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC L 10–50   73,891
September 16* 12:00 PM at Louisville Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY W 30–7   34,027
September 23 2:30 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN T 35–35   43,070
September 30* 12:00 PM Boston College Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 25–21   72,981
October 7† 12:00 PM Iowa Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ L 7–21   73,732
October 14 12:00 PM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN+ W 27–21   65,653
October 21 1:00 PM Minnesota Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 34–31   70,123
October 28 12:00 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN+ L 14–45   78,043
November 4 3:30 PM #7 Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC W 28–25   74,667
November 11 1:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Brass Spittoon) W 31–13   24,027
November 25 3:30 PM #14 Penn State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Land Grant Trophy) ESPN L 20-24   66,189
December 29* 5:30 PM vs. LSU Independence StadiumShreveport, LA (Independence Bowl) ESPN L 26–45   48,835
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1996 NFL DraftEdit

The following players were selected in the 1996 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Tony Banks 2 42 Quarterback St. Louis Rams
Muhsin Muhammad 2 43 Wide Receiver Carolina Panthers
Scott Greene 6 193 Running Back Carolina Panthers

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