2003 Michigan State Spartans football team

The 2003 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A 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.

2003 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Alamo Bowl, L 3–17 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2003 record8–5 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn L. Smith (1st season)
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 72,027 natural grass)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Michigan $   7 1         10 3  
No. 4 Ohio State %   6 2         11 2  
No. 18 Purdue   6 2         9 4  
No. 8 Iowa   5 3         10 3  
No. 20 Minnesota   5 3         10 3  
Michigan State   5 3         8 5  
Wisconsin   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   4 4         6 7  
Penn State   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 10  
Illinois   0 8         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

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

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 303:40 p.m.Western Michigan*ESPN+W 26–2172,923
September 63:40 p.m.Rutgers*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
ESPN+W 44–2872,579
September 1312:10 p.m.Louisiana Tech*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
ESPN+L 19–2072,387
September 202:30 p.m.at Notre Dame*NBCW 22–1680,795
September 2712:10 p.m.No. 13 Iowa
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
ESPN+W 20–1072,276
October 412:10 p.m.Indiana No. 25
ESPN+W 31–372,398
October 1112:00 p.m.at IllinoisNo. 21ESPN2W 49–1447,509
October 1812:00 p.m.at No. 25 MinnesotaNo. 15ESPN2W 44–3838,778
November 112:00 p.m.No. 11 MichiganNo. 9
ABCL 20–2775,129
November 812:00 p.m.at No. 7 Ohio StateNo. 14ABCL 23–33105,194
November 1512:00 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 21ESPN2L 21–5679,256
November 2212:00 p.m.Penn State
ESPNW 41–1072,119
December 299:05 p.m.vs. No. 22 NebraskaESPNL 3–1756,226
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the 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

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