1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1997 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1997
Playoff
Duration November 29 – December 20, 1997
Championship site Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Champion Youngstown State Penguins
Payton Award Brian FinneranWR (Villanova)
Buchanan Award Chris McNeilDE (North Carolina A&T)
Division I-AA football season

The 1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 1997, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship 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[edit]

School 1996 Conference 1997 Conference
Austin Peay Ohio Valley I-AA Independent
Marshall Southern (I-AA) MAC (I-A)
Norfolk State CIAA (D-II) I-AA Independent
South Florida New Program I-AA Independent
Towson State I-AA Independent Patriot
Wofford I-AA Independent Southern
Youngstown State I-AA Independent Gateway

Conference standings[edit]

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
#1 Villanova x$^   8 0         12 1  
#3 Delaware ^   7 1         12 2  
#24 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
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I–AA Poll
1997 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Harvard $   7 0         9 1  
Dartmouth   6 1         8 2  
Penn*   5 2         6 4  
Brown   3 4         6 4  
Cornell   3 4         5 5  
Princeton   2 5         5 5  
Columbia   2 5         3 7  
Yale   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • *Penn was forced to forfeit five conference wins due to use of an ineligible player after season was over
1997 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 Georgia Southern $^   7 1         10 3  
#22 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
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1997 Southland Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 McNeese State $^ 6 1 0     13 2 0
#17 Northwestern State ^ 6 1 0     8 4 0
#18 Stephen F. Austin 5 2 0     8 3 0
Sam Houston State 3 4 0     5 6 0
Nicholls State 3 4 0     5 6 0
Southwest Texas State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Troy State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Jacksonville State 1 6 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 ConferenceVillanova
Big Sky Conference – Eastern Washington
Gateway Football Conference – Western Illinois
Ivy League – Harvard
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Georgetown
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Hampton
Northeast ConferenceRobert 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[edit]

Playoff Bracket[edit]

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
               
Villanova* 49
Colgate 28
Villanova* 34
Youngstown State 37
Youngstown State* 28
Hampton 13
Youngstown State 25
Eastern Washington* 14
Western Kentucky* 42
Eastern Kentucky 14
Western Kentucky 21
Eastern Washington* 38
Eastern Washington* 40
Northwestern State 10
Youngstown State 10
McNeese State 9
Delaware* 24
Hofstra 14
Delaware* 16
Georgia Southern 7
Georgia Southern* 52
Florida A&M 37
Delaware* 21
McNeese State 23
McNeese State* 19
Montana 14
McNeese State 14
Western Illinois* 12
Western Illinois* 31
Jackson State 24

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved December 29, 2013.