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2003 Michigan State Spartans football
Alamo Bowl, L 3–17 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2003 record8–5 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn L. Smith
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 72,027 natural grass)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6/7 Michigan   7 1         10 3  
#4/4 Ohio State   6 2         11 2  
#18/19 Purdue   6 2         9 4  
#8/8 Iowa   5 3         10 3  
#20/17 Minnesota   5 3         10 3  
Michigan State   5 3         8 5  
Wisconsin   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   4 4         6 7  
Penn State   0* 7         0* 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 10  
Illinois   0 8         1 11  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative


The 2003 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 2003-2004 college football season. The Spartans play their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. This was the first year for head coach John L. Smith, who would win Big Ten coach of the year in his debut, but would later be fired after the 2006 season.

The Spartans were coming off of a 4–8 season and had just let go of head coach Bobby Williams.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30* 3:40 PM Western Michigan Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 26–21   72,923
September 6* 3:40 PM Rutgers Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 44–28   72,579
September 13* 12:10 PM Louisiana Tech Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ L 19–20   72,387
September 20* 2:30 PM at #23 Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC W 22–16   80,795
September 27 12:10 PM #9 Iowa Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 20–10   72,276
October 4† 12:10 PM Indiana #25 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) ESPN+ W 31–3   72,398
October 11 12:00 PM at Illinois #21 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN2 W 49–14   47,509
October 18 12:00 PM at #25 Minnesota #15 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN ESPN2 W 44–38   38,778
November 1 12:00 PM #13 Michigan #9 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC L 20–27   75,129
November 8 12:00 PM at #5 Ohio State #14 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 23–33   105,194
October 15 12:00 PM at Wisconsin #20 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2 L 21–56   79,256
November 22 12:00 PM Penn State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Land Grant Trophy) ESPN W 41–10   72,119
December 29 9:05 PM vs. #19/20 Nebraska AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN L 3–17   56,226
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2004 NFL DraftEdit

The following players were selected in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Matthias Askew 4 114 Defensive Tackle Cincinnati Bengals
Jeff Smoker 6 201 Quarterback St. Louis Rams

ReferencesEdit

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