1997 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1997 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-A football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship, instead that title is bestowed by one or more different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason—the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.

Legend[edit]

  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  National Champion
(#–#)
  Win-loss record
(Italics)
  Number of first place votes
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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
None Dropped:
  • Air Force
  • Michigan State

Coaches' Poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug 11[19]
Week 1
Aug 25
Week 2
Sep 2
Week 3
Sep 9
Week 4
Sep 16
Week 5
Sep 23
Week 6
Sep 30
Week 7
Oct 6
Week 8
Oct 13
Week 9
Oct 20
Week 10
Oct 27
Week 11
Nov 3
Week 12
Nov 10
Week 13
Nov 17
Week 14
Nov 24
Week 15
Dec 1
Week 16
Dec 8
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 4[20]
1. Florida (19) Nebraska (13-0) (32) 1.
2. Penn State (9) Michigan (12-0) (30) 2.
3. Washington (15) Florida State (11-1) 3.
4. Florida State (3) North Carolina (11-1) 4.
5. Tennessee (8) UCLA (10-2) 5.
6. Nebraska (4) Florida (10-2) 6.
7. Colorado (3) Kansas State (11-1) 7.
8. North Carolina (1) Tennessee (11-2) 8.
9. Ohio State Washington State (10-2) 9.
10. Texas Georgia (10-2) 10.
11. LSU Auburn (10-3) 11.
12. Notre Dame Ohio State (10-3) 12.
13. Michigan LSU (9-3) 13.
14. Miami (FL) Arizona State (9-3) 14.
15. Alabama Purdue (9-3) 15.
16. Syracuse Colorado State (11-2) 16.
17. BYU Penn State (9-3) 17.
18. Stanford Washington (8-4) 18.
19. Auburn Southern Miss (9-3) 19.
20. Iowa Syracuse (9-4) 20.
21. Clemson Texas A&M (9-4) 21.
22. USC Mississippi (8-4) 22.
23. Kansas State Missouri (7-5) 23.
24. Wisconsin Oklahoma State (8-4) 24.
25. Virginia Tech Air Force (10-3) 25.
Preseason
Aug 11[19]
Week 1
Aug 25
Week 2
Sep 2
Week 3
Sep 9
Week 4
Sep 16
Week 5
Sep 23
Week 6
Sep 30
Week 7
Oct 6
Week 8
Oct 13
Week 9
Oct 20
Week 10
Oct 27
Week 11
Nov 3
Week 12
Nov 10
Week 13
Nov 17
Week 14
Nov 24
Week 15
Dec 1
Week 16
Dec 8
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 4[20]
None None None None None None None None None None None None None None None None None

References[edit]

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