1997 LSU Tigers football team

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1997 LSU Tigers football
SEC Western Division Co-Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #13
1997 record 9–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Gerry DiNardo
Offensive coordinator Morris Watts
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Carl Reese
Base defense 4-2-5
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
(Capacity: 79,940)
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 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the college football season of 1997–1998. Coached by Gerry DiNardo in his third season at LSU, the Tigers played their home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Tigers began the season with high expectations following their first 10-win season since 1987. LSU's season was highlighted by a stunning 28–21 home upset of the top ranked Florida Gators (ending Florida's 25-game winning streak in SEC play) and an Independence Bowl victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who had defeated the Tigers in Baton Rouge during the regular season. The Tigers tied for the SEC West title for the 2nd straight year, but Auburn had won a dramatic game in Baton Rouge earlier in the season and therefore represented the West in the SEC Championship.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 7:00 PM UTEP* #10 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 55-3   80,015
September 13 8:00 PM at Mississippi State #10 Scott FieldStarkville, MS (Rivalry) ESPN W 24-9   40,030
September 20 6:30 PM #12 Auburn #10 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Tiger Bowl) ESPN L 28-31   80,538
September 27 7:00 PM Akron*dagger #13 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA W 56-0   79,772
October 4 2:30 PM at Vanderbilt #13 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN PPV W 7-6   37,045
October 11 6:00 PM #1 Florida #14 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN W 28-21   80,677
October 18 11:30 AM Ole Miss #8 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Magnolia Bowl) JPS L 21-36   80,442
November 1 5:30 PM at Kentucky #16 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN2 W 63-28   58,450
November 8 2:30 PM at Alabama #14 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) CBS W 27-0   70,123
November 15 2:30 PM Notre Dame* #11 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA CBS L 24-6   80,566
November 28 1:30 PM Arkansas #17 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Golden Boot) CBS W 31-21   79,619
December 28 7:00 PM vs. Notre Dame* #15 Independence StadiumShreveport, LA (Independence Bowl) ESPN W 27-9   50,459
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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External links[edit]

1997 LSU Football Schedule