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1996 Michigan State Spartans football
Sun Bowl vs. Stanford, L, 0–38
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1996 record6–6 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachNick Saban (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Tranquill (2nd season)
Offensive schemePro Set
Defensive coordinatorDean Pees (2nd season)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (72,027)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#15/16 Northwestern §   7 1         9 3  
#7/7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18/18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20/20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1996 Michigan State Spartans football team competed on behalf of Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. Head coach Nick Saban was in his second season with the Spartans. Michigan State played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans went 6–5 overall and 5–3 in conference play during the regular season.[1] The team played in the Sun Bowl on December 31, 1996 and were defeated 0–38 by Stanford.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 12:30 PM Purdue Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN W 52–14   72,511
September 7* 12:00 PM at #1 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ABC L 14–55   75,590
September 21* 1:00 PM Louisville Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 20–30   70,311
September 28* 12:30 PM Eastern Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI SCD W 47–0   69,941
October 5 2:00 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 30–37   70,397
October 12† 12:00 PM Illinois Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 42–14   71,639
October 19 4:00 PM at Minnesota MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 27–9   45,434
October 26 12:30 PM Wisconsin Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 30–13   69,217
November 2 12:00 PM at #9 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC L 29–45   106,381
November 9 1:00 PM Indiana Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) W 38–15   64,719
November 23 3:30 PM at #7 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Land Grant Trophy) ABC L 29–32   96,263
December 31* 2:30 PM vs. Stanford Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS L 0–38   42,271
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1997 NFL DraftEdit

The following players were selected in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Derrick Mason 4 98 Wide Receiver Tennessee Oilers
Nigea Carter 6 197 Wide Receiver Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ReferencesEdit

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