1997 Colorado Buffaloes football team

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1997 Colorado Buffaloes football
Conference Big 12 Conference
North Division
1997 record 5–6, 5 wins forfeited (3–5 Big 12, 3 wins forfeited)
Head coach Rick Neuheisel
Offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff
Base defense 4-3
MVP John Hessler
MVP Ryan Sutter
Home stadium Folsom Field
(Capacity: 51,808)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#2 Nebraska xy   8 0         13 0  
#8 Kansas State x   7 1         11 1  
#23 Missouri   5 3         7 5  
Colorado   3 5         5 6  
Kansas   3 5         6 5  
Iowa State   1 7         1 10  
South
#20 Texas A&M xy   6 2         9 4  
#24 Oklahoma State   5 3         8 4  
Texas Tech   5 3         6 5  
Texas   2 6         4 7  
Oklahoma   2 6         4 8  
Baylor   1 7         2 9  
Championship: Nebraska 54, Texas A&M 15
*† – Bowl Alliance representative as champion
‡ – Bowl Alliance at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team played their home games at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado. They participated in the Big 12 Conference in the North Division. They were coached by head coach Rick Neuheisel.

For the second time in the decade, Colorado played the nation's toughest schedule. While all five wins were forfeited due to the use of an ineligible player, the NCAA and Colorado recognize all the results on the field for its records. Therefore, Colorado's official 1997 record is 0–11.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 11:30 AM #24 Colorado State* #8 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO (Rocky Mountain Showdown) FSN W 31–21   53,416
September 13 10:00 AM at #14 Michigan* #8 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 3–27   106,474
September 27 1:30 PM Wyoming*dagger #16 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO FSN W 20–19   50,971
October 4 1:30 PM #21 Texas A&M #16 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO ABC L 10–16   50,877
October 11 5:00 PM at #20 Oklahoma State #24 Lewis FieldStillwater, OK FSN L 29–33   50,100
October 18 5:00 PM Kansas Folsom Field • Boulder, CO FSN W 42–6   52,097
October 25 1:30 PM at Texas Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ABC W 47–30   78,005
November 1 12:30 PM Missouri Folsom Field • Boulder, CO L 31–41   49,848
November 8 10:30 AM at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA FSN W 43–38   32,080
November 15 1:30 PM at #10 Kansas State KSU StadiumManhattan, KS ABC L 20–37   43,981
November 28 12:30 PM #2 Nebraska Folsom Field • Boulder, CO (Rivalry) ABC L 24–27   52,738
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plus: College Football; Colorado Forfeits Its 1997 Victories". The New York Times. March 7, 1998. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ 2011 Colorado football information guide