1997 NCAA Division I-AA Football Season
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1997 NCAA Division I-AA Football Season
1997 NCAA Division I-AA season
NCAA logo.svg
Regular season
DurationAugust-November
Payton AwardBrian Finneran (WR, Villanova)
Buchanan AwardChris McNeil (DE, North Carolina A&T)
Playoff
DurationNovember 29-December 20
December 20, 1997
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
ChampionYoungstown State
NCAA Division I-AA football seasons

The 1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I-AA level, began in August 1997, and concluded with the 1997 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 20, 1997, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Youngstown State Penguins won their fourth I-AA championship, defeating the McNeese State Cowboys by a final score of 10-9.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

Conference standings

1997 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
New England
New Hampshire x   5 3         5 6  
Connecticut   4 4         7 4  
Maine   4 4         5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         2 9  
Boston University   1 7         1 10  
UMass   1 7         2 9  
Mid-Atlantic
No. 1 Villanova x$^   8 0         12 1  
No. 3 Delaware ^   7 1         12 2  
No. 20 Northeastern   5 3         8 3  
Richmond   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   4 4         7 4  
James Madison   3 5         5 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 E Washington $^   7 1         12 2  
No. 11 Montana ^   6 2         8 4  
Montana State   5 3         6 5  
Northern Arizona   4 4         6 5  
Weber State   4 4         6 5  
Cal State Northridge   4 4         4 8  
Portland State   3 5         4 7  
Idaho State   2 6         3 8  
Sacramento State   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Cal State Northridge record includes two losses by forfeit
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Western Illinois $^   6 0         11 2  
Northern Iowa   5 1         7 4  
No. 4 Youngstown State ^   4 2         13 2  
Southwest Missouri State   3 3         5 6  
Indiana State   2 4         3 8  
Southern Illinois   1 5         3 8  
Illinois State   0 6         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Harvard $   7 0         9 1  
Dartmouth   6 1         8 2  
Brown   4 3         7 3  
Cornell   4 3         6 4  
Princeton   3 4         6 4  
Columbia   3 4         4 6  
Yale   1 6         2 8  
Penn *   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * Standings reflect Penn's forfeit of five conference wins due to use of an ineligible player
1997 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Georgetown $   8 0         8 3  
Duquesne   6 2         7 3  
St. John's   5 3         8 3  
Fairfield   5 3         7 3  
Siena   5 3         6 3  
Marist   4 4         6 4  
Canisius   2 6         3 7  
Saint Peter's   1 7         1 9  
Iona   0 8         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
1997 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 9 Hampton $^   7 0         10 2  
No. 22 South Carolina State   5 2         9 2  
No. 10 Florida A&M ^   5 2         9 3  
Howard   4 3         7 4  
North Carolina A&T   3 4         7 4  
Morgan State   2 5         3 7  
Bethune-Cookman   1 6         4 7  
Delaware State   1 6         3 8  
Norfolk State   0 0         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Norfolk State games did not count as conference games.
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Robert Morris $   4 0         8 3  
Monmouth   3 1         5 4  
Wagner   2 2         6 4  
Central Connecticut   1 3         5 5  
Saint Francis (PA)   0 4         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
1997 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 19 Eastern Kentucky $^   7 0         8 4  
No. 16 Eastern Illinois   5 2         8 3  
Murray State   5 2         7 4  
Tennessee Tech   4 3         6 5  
Tennessee State   4 3         4 7  
Middle Tennessee   2 5         4 6  
Southeast Missouri State   1 6         4 7  
Tennessee-Martin   0 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Colgate $^   6 0         7 5  
No. 24 Bucknell   5 1         10 1  
Fordham   4 2         5 6  
Holy Cross   2 4         4 7  
Lehigh   2 4         4 7  
Lafayette   2 4         3 8  
Towson   0 6         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 23 Dayton $   5 0         9 1  
San Diego   4 1         8 3  
Drake   2 3         8 3  
Butler   2 3         6 4  
Valparaiso   2 3         3 7  
Evansville   0 5         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 8 Georgia Southern $^   7 1         10 3  
No. 15 Appalachian State   6 2         7 4  
East Tennessee State   5 3         7 4  
Furman   5 3         7 4  
The Citadel   4 4         6 5  
Chattanooga   4 4         7 4  
Western Carolina   3 5         3 8  
Wofford   2 6         3 7  
VMI   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1997 Southland Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 McNeese State +^   6 1         13 2  
No. 21 Northwestern State +^   6 1         8 4  
No. 13 Stephen F. Austin   5 2         8 3  
Sam Houston State   3 4         5 6  
Nicholls State   3 4         5 6  
Southwest Texas State   2 5         5 6  
Troy State   2 5         5 6  
Jacksonville State   1 6         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1997 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Southern $   8 0         11 1  
No. 14 Jackson State ^   7 1         9 3  
Arkansas-Pine Bluff   6 2         8 3  
Texas Southern   4 4         5 6  
Alcorn State   4 4         4 7  
Mississippi Valley State   3 5         4 6  
Alabama State   2 6         3 8  
Grambling State   2 6         3 8  
Prairie View A&M   0 8         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1997 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 18 Cal Poly   0 0         10 1  
No. 5 Western Kentucky ^   0 0         10 2  
No. 17 Hofstra ^   0 0         9 2  
No. 25 Liberty   0 0         9 2  
Samford   0 0         7 4  
Morehead State   0 0         5 4  
South Florida   0 0         5 6  
Southern Utah   0 0         5 6  
Saint Mary's   0 0         4 6  
Davidson   0 0         3 8  
Buffalo   0 0         2 9  
La Salle   0 0         1 8  
Charleston Southern   0 0         1 9  
Austin Peay   0 0         0 10  
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference - Villanova
Big Sky Conference - Eastern Washington
Gateway Football Conference - Western Illinois
Ivy League - Harvard
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference - Georgetown
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference - Hampton
Northeast Conference - Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference - Eastern Kentucky
Patriot League - Colgate
Pioneer Football League - Dayton
Southern Conference - Georgia Southern
Southland Football League - McNeese State and Northwestern State
Southwestern Athletic Conference - Southern

Postseason

Playoff Bracket

The NCAA departed from standard bracket structure--where, for example, the fourth and fifth seeds could meet in the second round--in order to place teams from the same conference in different halves of the bracket.[2]

First Round
November 29
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 6
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 20
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
            
1 Villanova* 49
16 Colgate 28
1 Villanova* 34
8 Youngstown State 37
8 Youngstown State* 28
9 Hampton 13
8 Youngstown State 25
3 Eastern Washington* 14
5 Western Kentucky* 42
12 Eastern Kentucky 14
5 Western Kentucky 21
3 Eastern Washington* 38
3 Eastern Washington* 40
14 Northwestern State 10
8 Youngstown State 10
6 McNeese State 9
4 Delaware* 24
13 Hofstra 14
4 Delaware* 16
7 Georgia Southern 7
7 Georgia Southern* 52
10 Florida A&M 37
4 Delaware* 21
6 McNeese State 23
6 McNeese State* 19
11 Montana 14
6 McNeese State 14
2 Western Illinois* 12
2 Western Illinois* 31
15 Jackson State 24

* Denotes host institution
Source:[3]

References

  1. ^ "1997 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Tomashek, Tom (November 24, 1997). "Delaware, Villanova could meet in the mountains". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. p. C4. Retrieved 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "I-AA football playoffs". Missoulian. Missoula, Montana. November 24, 1997. p. D4. Retrieved 2019 – via newspapers.com.

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