1997 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Legend
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  Not ranked previous week
Italics   Number of first place votes
(#-#)   Win-loss record
т Tied with team above or below also with this symbol


AP poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug 11 [1]
Week 1
Aug 25 [2]
Week 2
Sep 2 [3]
Week 3
Sep 8 [4]
Week 4
Sep 15 [5]
Week 5
Sep 22 [6]
Week 6
Sep 29 [7]
Week 7
Oct 6 [8]
Week 8
Oct 13 [9]
Week 9
Oct 20 [10]
Week 10
Oct 27 [11]
Week 11
Nov 3 [12]
Week 12
Nov 10 [13]
Week 13
Nov 17 [14]
Week 14
Nov 24 [15]
Week 15
Dec 1 [16]
Week 16
Dec 8 [17]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3 [18]
1. Penn State (21) Penn State (0-0) (22) Penn State (0-0) (23) Penn State (1-0) (22) Penn State (2-0) (25) Florida (3-0) (32) Florida (4-0) (36) Florida (5-0) (35) Penn State (5-0) (51) Nebraska (6-0) (33) Nebraska (7-0) (35) Nebraska (8-0) (46) Michigan (9-0) (44) Michigan (10-0) (44) Michigan (11-0) (69) Michigan (11-0) (69) Michigan (11-0) (69) Michigan (12-0) (51½) 1.
2. Florida (12) Florida (0-0) (14) Florida (1-0) (14) Florida (2-0) (15) Washington (2-0) (19) Penn State (3-0) (28) Penn State (3-0) (25) Penn State (4-0) (26) Nebraska (5-0) (14) Penn State (6-0) (26) Penn State (6-0) (25) Penn State (7-0) (16) Florida State (9-0) (23) Florida State (10-0) (24) Nebraska (10-0) (1) Nebraska (11-0) (1) Nebraska (12-0) (1) Nebraska (13-0) (18½) 2.
3. Florida State (7) Florida State (0-0) (6) Tennessee (1-0) (7) Washington (1-0) (14) Florida (2-0) (14) Nebraska (3-0) (7) Nebraska (3-0) (6) Nebraska (4-0) (6) Florida State (5-0) (3) Florida State (6-0) (9) Florida State (7-0) (8) Florida State (8-0) (5) Nebraska (9-0) (3) Nebraska (10-0) (2) Tennessee (9-1) Tennessee (10-1) Tennessee (11-1) Florida State (11-1) 3.
4. Washington (10) Washington (0-0) (9) Washington (0-0) (9) Tennessee (2-0) (6) Tennessee (2-0) (6) Florida State (3-0) (1) Florida State (3-0) (1) Florida State (4-0) (1) North Carolina (6-0) (2) North Carolina (7-0) (2) Michigan (7-0) Michigan (8-0) (1) Ohio State (9-1) Ohio State (10-1) Penn State (9-1) Florida State (10-1) Florida State (10-1) Florida (10-2) 4.
5. Tennessee (8) Tennessee (0-0) (7) Florida State (0-0) (6) Florida State (1-0) (4) Florida State (2-0) (3) North Carolina (3-0) (2) North Carolina (4-0) (2) North Carolina (5-0) (2) Michigan (5-0) Michigan (6-0) North Carolina (7-0) (2) North Carolina (8-0) (2) Tennessee (7-1) Tennessee (8-1) Florida State (10-1) UCLA (9-2) UCLA (9-2) UCLA (10-2) 5.
6. Nebraska (4) Nebraska (0-0) (4) Nebraska (1-0) (4) Nebraska (1-0) (4) North Carolina (2-0) (1) Michigan (2-0) Michigan (3-0) Michigan (4-0) Auburn (6-0) Florida (6-1) Florida (6-1) Washington (7-1) Penn State (7-1) Penn State (8-1) UCLA (9-2) Florida (9-2) Florida (9-2) North Carolina (11-1) 6.
7. North Carolina (4) North Carolina (0-0) (4) North Carolina (0-0) (4) North Carolina (1-0) (2) Nebraska (2-0) (2) Ohio State (3-0) Ohio State (4-0) Ohio State (5-0) Florida (5-1) Washington (5-1) Washington (6-1) Ohio State (8-1) Georgia (7-1) UCLA (8-2) Florida (9-2) North Carolina (10-1) North Carolina (10-1) Tennessee (11-2) 7.
8. Colorado (3) Colorado (0-0) (3) Colorado (0-0) (3) Colorado (1-0) (3) Michigan (1-0) Auburn (3-0) Auburn (4-0) Auburn (5-0) LSU (5-1) Tennessee (5-1) Tennessee (5-1) Tennessee (6-1) North Carolina (8-1) North Carolina (9-1) North Carolina (10-1) Washington State (10-1) Washington State (10-1) Kansas State (11-1) 8.
9. Ohio State (1) Ohio State (0-0) (1) Ohio State (1-0) Ohio State (1-0) Ohio State (2-0) Tennessee (2-1) Tennessee (2-1) Tennessee (3-1) Tennessee (4-1) Ohio State (6-1) Ohio State (7-1) Georgia (7-1) UCLA (7-2) Kansas State (9-1) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) Washington State (10-2) 9.
10. LSU LSU (0-0) LSU (0-0) LSU (1-0) LSU (2-0) Washington (2-1) Washington (2-1) Washington (3-1) Washington (4-1) Washington State (6-0) Washington State (7-0) UCLA (7-2) Kansas State (8-1) Florida (8-2) Washington State (10-1) Kansas State (10-1) Kansas State (10-1) Georgia (10-2) 10.
11. Notre Dame Notre Dame (0-0) Notre Dame (0-0) Texas (1-0) Alabama (2-0) Iowa (3-0) Iowa (4-0) Michigan State (4-0) Ohio State (5-1) Auburn (6-1) Auburn (7-1) Kansas State (7-1) LSU (7-2) Washington State (9-1) Kansas State (10-1) Auburn (9-2) Penn State (9-2) Auburn (10-3) 11.
12. Texas Texas (0-0) Texas (0-0) Notre Dame (1-0) Auburn (2-0) Michigan State (3-0) Michigan State (3-0) Washington State (5-0) Michigan State (5-0) Oklahoma State (6-0) UCLA (6-2) Iowa (6-2) Florida (7-2) Arizona State (8-2) Arizona State (8-2) Penn State (9-2) Georgia (9-2) Ohio State (10-3) 12.
13. Miami (FL) Syracuse (1-0) Miami (FL) (1-0) Miami (FL) (1-0) Iowa (2-0) LSU (2-1) LSU (3-1) Georgia (4-0) Washington State (5-0) UCLA (5-2) Kansas State (6-1) Florida (6-2) Washington (7-2) Auburn (8-2) Auburn (9-2) Georgia (9-2) Auburn (9-3) LSU (9-3) 13.
14. Michigan Miami (FL) (0-0) Michigan (0-0) Michigan (0-0) Arizona State (2-0) Virginia Tech (3-0) Virginia Tech (4-0) LSU (4-1) Texas A&M (5-0) Kansas State (5-1) Georgia (6-1) LSU (6-2) Washington State (8-1) Georgia (7-2) Georgia (8-2) Texas A&M (9-2) Syracuse (9-3) Arizona State (8-3) 14.
15. Alabama Michigan (0-0) Alabama (1-0) Alabama (1-0) Colorado (1-1) Washington State (3-0) Washington State (4-0) Texas A&M (4-0) Iowa (4-1) Michigan State (5-1) Iowa (5-2) Arizona State (6-2) Arizona State (7-2) Mississippi State (7-2) Texas A&M (8-2) Syracuse (9-3) LSU (8-3) Purdue (9-3) 15.
16. Auburn Alabama (0-0) Auburn (0-0) Auburn (1-0) Clemson (2-0) Colorado (1-1) Colorado (2-1) Stanford (4-1) Oklahoma State (6-0) Georgia (5-1) LSU (5-2) Washington State (7-1) Auburn (7-2) Texas A&M (8-2) Syracuse (8-3) LSU (8-3) Arizona State (8-3) Penn State (9-3) 16.
17. Syracuse Auburn (0-0) Stanford (0-0) Stanford (1-0) Michigan State (2-0) Clemson (2-1) Kansas State (3-0) Iowa (4-1) UCLA (4-2) LSU (5-2) West Virginia (6-1) Auburn (7-2) Mississippi State (6-2) Washington (7-3) LSU (7-3) Arizona State (8-3) Purdue (8-3) Colorado State (11-2) 17.
18. Stanford Stanford (0-0) Clemson (0-0) Iowa (1-0) Virginia Tech (2-0) Kansas State (2-0) Georgia (3-0) UCLA (3-2) Air Force (7-0) Iowa (4-2) Purdue (6-1) Toledo (8-0) Texas A&M (7-2) Syracuse (8-3) Purdue (8-3) Purdue (8-3) Colorado State (10-2) Washington (8-4) 18.
19. BYU BYU (0-0) BYU (0-0) Clemson (1-0) Washington State (2-0) Georgia (3-0) Stanford (3-1) Air Force (6-0) Georgia (4-1) Virginia Tech (5-1) Oklahoma State (6-1) Mississippi State (6-2) Purdue (7-2) T Virginia Tech (7-2) Missouri (7-4) Missouri (7-4) Missouri (7-4) Southern Miss (9-3) 19.
20. Clemson Clemson (0-0) Iowa (0-0) Kansas State (1-0) Kansas State (2-0) Stanford (2-1) Alabama (3-1) Oklahoma State (5-0) Kansas State (4-1) Texas A&M (5-1) Arizona State (5-2) Virginia Tech (6-2) Virginia Tech (7-2) T LSU (7-3) Colorado State (9-2) Colorado State (9-2) Texas A&M (9-3) Texas A&M (9-4) 20.
21. Iowa Iowa (0-0) Kansas State (0-0) T Michigan State (1-0) Stanford (1-1) Alabama (2-1) Texas A&M (3-0) BYU (3-1) Georgia Tech (4-1) West Virginia (5-1) Michigan State (5-2) Texas A&M (6-2) Syracuse (7-3) Missouri (7-4) Washington (7-4) Washington (7-4) Washington (7-4) Syracuse (9-4) 21.
22. USC Kansas State (0-0) Northwestern (0-0) T Virginia Tech (1-0) Miami (FL) (1-1) Texas A&M (2-0) UCLA (2-2) Kansas State (3-1) Virginia Tech (5-1) Purdue (5-1) Toledo (7-0) Syracuse (6-3) Iowa (6-3) West Virginia (7-4) Mississippi State (7-3) Southern Miss (8-3) Southern Miss (8-3) Mississippi (8-4) 22.
23. Kansas State USC (0-0) USC (0-0) USC (0-1) Colorado State (2-1) BYU (1-1) Air Force (5-0) Virginia Tech (4-1) West Virginia (5-1) Arizona State (5-2) Virginia Tech (5-2) Purdue (6-2) Wisconsin (8-2) Purdue (7-3) Southern Miss (8-3) Air Force (10-2) Air Force (10-2) Missouri (7-5) 23.
24. Wisconsin Northwestern (1-0) Colorado State (1-0) Arizona State (1-0) UCLA (1-2) UCLA (1-2) BYU (2-1) Colorado (2-2) Wisconsin (6-1) Toledo (6-0) Southern Miss (5-2) Southern Miss (6-2) Oklahoma State (7-2) Wisconsin (8-3) Air Force (10-2) Oklahoma State (8-3) Oklahoma State (8-3) Oklahoma State (8-4) 24.
25. Michigan State Michigan State (0-0) Michigan State (0-0) Colorado State (1-1) Georgia (2-0) Arizona State (2-1) Arizona State (3-1) Georgia Tech (3-1) Stanford (4-2) Mississippi (4-2) Texas A&M (5-2) Oklahoma State (6-2) Missouri (6-4) Colorado State (8-2) Oklahoma State (8-3) Michigan State (7-4) Michigan State (7-4) Georgia Tech (7-5) 25.
Preseason
Aug 11 [1]
Week 1
Aug 25 [2]
Week 2
Sep 2 [3]
Week 3
Sep 8 [4]
Week 4
Sep 15 [5]
Week 5
Sep 22 [6]
Week 6
Sep 29 [7]
Week 7
Oct 6 [8]
Week 8
Oct 13 [9]
Week 9
Oct 20 [10]
Week 10
Oct 27 [11]
Week 11
Nov 3 [12]
Week 12
Nov 10 [13]
Week 13
Nov 17 [14]
Week 14
Nov 24 [15]
Week 15
Dec 1 [16]
Week 16
Dec 8 [17]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3 [18]
Dropped:
Wisconsin
Dropped:
Syracuse
Dropped:
BYU
Northwestern
Dropped:
Texas
Notre Dame
USC
Dropped:
Miami (FL)
Colorado State
Dropped:
Clemson
Dropped:
Alabama
Arizona State
Dropped:
BYU
Colorado State
Dropped:
Air Force
Georgia Tech
Wisconsin
Stanford
Dropped:
Mississippi
Dropped:
West Virginia
Michigan State
Dropped:
Toledo
Southern Miss
Dropped:
Iowa
Oklahoma State
Dropped:
Virginia Tech
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Dropped:
Mississippi State
Dropped:
None
Dropped:
Air Force
Michigan State

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

Ranking Team
1 Nebraska
2 Michigan
3 Florida State
4 North Carolina
5 UCLA
6 Florida
7 Kansas State
8 Tennessee
9 Washington State
10 Georgia
11 Auburn
12 Ohio State
13 LSU
14 Arizona State
15 Purdue
16 Colorado State
17 Penn State
18 Washington
19 Southern Miss
20 Syracuse
21 Texas A&M
22 Mississippi
23 Missouri
24 Oklahoma State
25 Air Force

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997 AP Preseason Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ "1997 AP Week 1 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  3. ^ "1997 AP Week 2 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ "1997 AP Week 3 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  5. ^ "1997 AP Week 4 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  6. ^ "1997 AP Week 5 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  7. ^ "1997 AP Week 6 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  8. ^ "1997 AP Week 7 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  9. ^ "1997 AP Week 8 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  10. ^ "1997 AP Week 9 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  11. ^ "1997 AP Week 10 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  12. ^ "1997 AP Week 11 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  13. ^ "1997 AP Week 12 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  14. ^ "1997 AP Week 13 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  15. ^ "1997 AP Week 14 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  16. ^ "1997 AP Week 15 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  17. ^ "1997 AP Week 16 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  18. ^ "1997 AP Final Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  19. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt