|1979 Michigan State Spartans football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1979 record||5–6 (3–5 Big Ten)|
|Defensive coordinator||George Dyer (2nd season)|
|Captain||Dan Bass, Mark Brammer|
|Home stadium||Spartan Stadium |
|1979 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 4 Ohio State $||8||���||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 10 Purdue||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 18 Michigan||6||–||2||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
|No. 19 Indiana||5||–||3||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1979 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1979 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth season under head coach Darryl Rogers, the Spartans compiled a 5–6 overall record (3–5 against Big Ten opponents) and finished in a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten Conference.
Three Spartans were selected by either the Associated Press (AP) or the United Press International (UPI) as first-team players on the 1979 All-Big Ten Conference football teams: tight end Mark Brammer (UPI-1); linebacker Dan Bass (AP-1); and punter Ray Stachowitz (AP-1).
|September 8||Illinois||No. 10||W 33–16|
|September 15||Oregon*||No. 10||W 41–17|
|September 22||Miami (OH)*||No. 8||W 24–21|
|September 29||at No. 15 Notre Dame*||No. 7||L 3–27|
|October 6||No. 11 Michigan||No. 16||L 7–21|
|October 13||at Wisconsin||No. 19||L 29–38|
|October 20||No. 16 Purdue||L 7–14|
|October 27||at No. 4 Ohio State||L 0–42|
|November 3||at Northwestern||W 42–7|
|November 10||Minnesota||W 31–17|
|November 17||at Iowa||L 23–33|
|1979 Michigan State Spartans football team roster|
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- "2015 Michigan State Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. p. 147. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Blue lands four All-Big Ten spots: OSU places six, Purdue five". The Michigan Daily. November 29, 1979. p. 9.