1997 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1997 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference
Western Division
1997 record 4–7 (2–6 SEC)
Head coach Mike DuBose (1st year)
Captain Curtis Alexander
Captain Paul Pickett
Captain Rod Rutledge
Captain Deshea Townsend
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 70,123)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#7 Tennessee x   7 1         11 2  
#10 Georgia   6 2         10 2  
#4 Florida   6 2         10 2  
South Carolina   3 5         5 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 8  
Western Division
#11 Auburn xy   6 2         10 3  
#13 LSU x   6 2         9 3  
#22 Ole Miss   4 4         8 4  
Mississippi State   4 4         7 4  
Alabama   2 6         4 7  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Tennessee 30, Auburn 29
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the college football season of 1997–98. The team's head coach was Mike DuBose, who was entering his first year at Alabama. They played their home games at both Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama and competed in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. Alabama would finish with a record of 4–7 record in suffering the program's first losing season since the 1984 season. The loss against Kentucky marked Alabama's first ever overtime game, as overtime rules for college football had gone into effect the previous season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 11:30 am Houston* #16 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL JPS W 42–17   81,591
September 11 7:00 pm at Vanderbilt #15 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN ESPN W 20–0   41,448
September 20 11:30 am Arkansas #11 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL JPS L 16–17   70,123
September 27 2:00 pm Southern Miss* #21 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL PPV W 27–14   83,091
October 4 6:00 pm at Kentucky #20 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY PPV L 34–40 OT  59,226
October 18 6:00 pm #9 Tennessee Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) ESPN L 21–38   83,091
October 25 11:30 am at #25 Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS (Rivalry) JPS W 29–20   41,548
November 1 1:00 pm Louisiana Tech*dagger Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL PPV L 20–26   70,123
November 8 2:30 pm #14 LSU Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) CBS L 0–27   83,091
November 15 11:30 am #17 Mississippi State Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) JPS L 20–32   70,123
November 22 6:00 pm at #13 Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Iron Bowl) ESPN L 17–18   85,214
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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