1997 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1997 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Sugar Bowl, L 14–31 vs. Florida State
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 12
1997 record10–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn Cooper (10th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Jacobs (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorFred Pagac (2nd season)
MVPAntoine Winfield
CaptainWinfield Garnett
Stanley Jackson
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 89,841)
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 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1997 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 10–3 record, including the 1998 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they lost 31–14 to the Florida State Seminoles.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 288:00 p.m.Wyoming*No. 9ESPN2W 24–1089,122[1]
September 131:30 p.m.Bowling Green*No. 9
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 44–1393,151[1]
September 203:30 p.m.Arizona*No. 9
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ABCW 28–2091,152[1]
September 2712:00 p.m.at Missouri*No. 7ABCW 31–1058,882[1]
October 43:30 p.m.No. 11 IowaNo. 7
ABCW 23–792,536[1]
October 113:30 p.m.at No. 2 Penn StateNo. 7ABCL 27–3197,282[1]
October 1812:30 p.m.IndianaNo. 11
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ESPN2W 31–092,368[1]
October 253:30 p.m.NorthwesternNo. 9
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ABCW 49–692,445[1]
November 13:30 p.m.at No. 21 Michigan StateNo. 9ABCW 37–1374,903[1]
November 84:00 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 7W 31–347,706[1]
November 1512:00 p.m.IllinoisNo. 4
ESPN+W 41–692,008[1]
November 2212:00 p.m.at No. 1 MichiganNo. 4ABCL 14–20106,982[1]
January 1, 19988:00 p.m.vs. No. 4 Florida State*No. 9ABCL 14–3167,289[1]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Roster[edit]

1997 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 7 Joe Germaine Jr
C 77 Tyson Walter Fr
RB 5 Michael Wiley So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 1 Gary Berry So
LB 32 Na'il Diggs So
LB 45 Andy Katzenmoyer So
SS 13 Damon Moore Jr
CB 19 Ahmed Plummer So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Coaching staff[edit]

  • John Cooper – Head Coach – 10th year
  • Bill Conley – Recruiting Coordinator (11th year)
  • Jim Heacock – Defensive Line (2nd year)
  • Mike Jacobs – Offensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Fred Pagac – Defensive Coordinator (16th year)
  • Tim Salem – (1st year)
  • Shawn Simms – Defensive Ends (1st year)
  • Tim Spencer – Running Backs (4th year)
  • Chuck Strobart – Offensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Jon Tenuta – Defensive Backs (2nd year)

Season summary[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

Northwestern Wildcats (3–5) at Ohio State Buckeyes (6–1)
1 2 34Total
Northwestern 3 3 006
Ohio St 0 14 211449

at Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Overcast • 58 °F (14 °C) • Wind NE 10 miles per hour (16 km/h; 8.7 kn) to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h; 13 kn)
  • Game attendance: 92,445
  • Referee: D. Witvoet
  • Ohio State Football Archives

NFL draft[edit]

For the first time since the NFL draft's inception in 1936, no Ohio State players were selected in the 1998 NFL Draft.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Park, Jack (2003). The Official Ohio State Football Encyclopedia. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-695-7.
  2. ^ Ohio State Drafted Players
Win/Loss statistics