1997 Michigan State Spartans Football Team
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1997 Michigan State Spartans Football Team
1997 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Aloha Bowl, L 23–51 vs. Washington
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1997 record7–5 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachNick Saban (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Tranquill (3rd season)
Offensive schemePro set
Defensive coordinatorDean Pees (3rd season)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumSpartan 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

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 612:30 p.m.Western Michigan*No. 25ESPN+W 42-1072,317[2]
September 131:00 p.m.Memphis*No. 23
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
W 51-2172,131[3]
September 201:30 p.m.at Notre Dame*No. 18NBCW 23-780,225[4]
October 41:00 p.m.MinnesotadaggerNo. 13
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
W 31-1075,263[5]
October 1112:30 p.m.at IndianaNo. 11ESPN2W 38-635,082[6]
October 183:30 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 11ABCL 17-1947,129[7]
October 2512:30 p.m.No. 5 MichiganNo. 14
ESPNL 7-2379,687[8]
November 13:30 p.m.No. 9 Ohio StateNo. 20
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
ABCL 13-3774,903[9]
November 812:30 p.m.at No. 24 PurdueESPN2L 21-2255,539[10]
November 222:00 p.m.at IllinoisW 27-1730,087[11]
November 291:00 p.m.No. 4 Penn State
ABCW 49-1473,623[12]
December 253:30 p.m.vs. No. 21 Washington*No. 25ABCL 23-5134,419[13]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries

Notre Dame

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

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

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



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