1997 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1997 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1997 record 5–7 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Gary Barnett (6th season)
Home stadium Ryan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Michigan $   8 0         12 0  
No. 12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
No. 16 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
No. 15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 1997 Big Ten Conference football season. They played their home games at Ryan Field and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. They were coached by Gary Barnett.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 23 11:00 AM Oklahoma* Soldier FieldChicago, IL (Pigskin Classic) ABC W 24–0   36,804
September 6 2:30 PM at Wake Forest* No. 24 Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC ABC L 20–27   24,320
September 13 1:00 PM Duke* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL W 24–20   36,225
September 20 11:30 AM Rice* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL SCC L 34–40   32,762
September 27 11:30 AM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN L 9–21   42,112
October 4 6:00 PM Wisconsin Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN L 25–26   47,129
October 11 11:30 AM at No. 6 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN L 6–23   106,048
October 18 2:30 PM No. 11 Michigan Statedagger Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ABC W 19–17   47,129
October 25 2:30 PM at No. 9 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 6–49   92,445
November 1 11:30 AM No. 2 Penn State Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN L 27–3   47,129
November 8 11:00 AM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN+ W 34–21   41,195
November 15 11:30 AM No. 22 Iowa Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2 W 15–14   40,838
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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