1995 Michigan State Spartans football team

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.

1995 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Independence Bowl, L, 26–45 vs. LSU
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
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 8 Northwestern $ 8 0 0     10 2 0
No. 6 Ohio State 7 1 0     11 2 0
No. 13 Penn State 5 3 0     9 3 0
No. 17 Michigan 5 3 0     9 4 0
Michigan State 4 3 1     6 5 1
No. 25 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

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 912:00 p.m.No. 2 Nebraska*ABCL 10–5073,891
September 1612:00 p.m.at Louisville*W 30–734,027
September 232:30 p.m.at PurdueT 35–3543,070
September 3012:00 p.m.Boston College*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
CreativeW 25–2172,981
October 712:00 p.m.Iowa 
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
CreativeL 7–2173,732
October 1412:00 p.m.at IllinoisCreativeW 27–2165,653
October 211:00 p.m.Minnesota
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
W 34–3170,123
October 2812:00 p.m.at WisconsinCreativeL 14–4578,043
November 43:30 p.m.No. 7 Michigan
ABCW 28–2574,667
November 111:00 p.m.at IndianaW 31–1324,027
November 253:30 p.m.No. 14 Penn State
ESPNL 20–2466,189
December 295:30 p.m.vs. LSU*ESPNL 26–4548,835
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

1995 Michigan State Spartans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Tony Banks
WR 80 Derrick Mason Jr
WR Muhsin Muhammad Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 22 Reggie Garnett Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

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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