1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1997 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton Award Brian Finneran (WR, Villanova)
Buchanan Award Chris McNeil (DE, North Carolina A&T)
Playoff
DurationNovember 29–December 20
Championship date December 20, 1997
Championship site Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Champion Youngstown State
NCAA Division I-AA football seasons
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The 1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I-AA level, began in August 1997, and concluded with the 1997 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game 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]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School1996 Conference1997 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

1997 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
New England
New Hampshire x 53    56 
Connecticut  44    74 
Maine  44    56 
Rhode Island  26    29 
Boston University  17    110 
UMass  17    29 
Mid-Atlantic
No. 1 Villanova x$^ 80    121 
No. 3 Delaware ^ 71    122 
No. 20 Northeastern  53    83 
Richmond  44    65 
William & Mary  44    74 
James Madison  35    56 
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 E Washington $^ 71    122 
No. 11 Montana ^ 62    84 
Montana State  53    65 
Northern Arizona  44    65 
Weber State  44    65 
Cal State Northridge  44    48 
Portland State  35    47 
Idaho State  26    38 
Sacramento State  17    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Cal State Northridge record includes two losses by forfeit
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Western Illinois $^ 60    112 
Northern Iowa  51    74 
No. 4 Youngstown State ^ 42    132 
Southwest Missouri State  33    56 
Indiana State  24    38 
Southern Illinois  15    38 
Illinois State  06    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Harvard $ 70    91 
Dartmouth  61    82 
Brown  43    73 
Cornell  43    64 
Princeton  34    64 
Columbia  34    46 
Yale  16    28 
Penn * 07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • * Standings reflect Penn's forfeit of five conference wins due to use of an ineligible player
1997 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Georgetown $ 80    83 
Duquesne  62    73 
St. John's  53    83 
Fairfield  53    73 
Siena  53    63 
Marist  44    64 
Canisius  26    37 
Saint Peter's  17    19 
Iona  08    010 
  • $ Conference champion
1997 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 9 Hampton $^ 70    102 
No. 22 South Carolina State  52    92 
No. 10 Florida A&M ^ 52    93 
Howard  43    74 
North Carolina A&T  34    74 
Morgan State  25    37 
Bethune–Cookman  16    47 
Delaware State  16    38 
Norfolk State  00    37 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Norfolk State games did not count as conference games.
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Robert Morris $ 40    83 
Monmouth  31    54 
Wagner  22    64 
Central Connecticut  13    55 
Saint Francis (PA)  04    29 
  • $ Conference champion
1997 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 19 Eastern Kentucky $^ 70    84 
No. 16 Eastern Illinois  52    83 
Murray State  52    74 
Tennessee Tech  43    65 
Tennessee State  43    47 
Middle Tennessee  25    46 
Southeast Missouri State  16    47 
Tennessee–Martin  07    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Colgate $^ 60    75 
No. 24 Bucknell  51    101 
Fordham  42    56 
Holy Cross  24    47 
Lehigh  24    47 
Lafayette  24    38 
Towson  06    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 23 Dayton $ 50    91 
San Diego  41    83 
Drake  23    83 
Butler  23    64 
Valparaiso  23    37 
Evansville  05    28 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1997 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Georgia Southern $^ 71    103 
No. 15 Appalachian State  62    74 
East Tennessee State  53    74 
Furman  53    74 
The Citadel  44    65 
Chattanooga  44    74 
Western Carolina  35    38 
Wofford  26    37 
VMI  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1997 Southland Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 McNeese State +^ 61    132 
No. 21 Northwestern State +^ 61    84 
No. 13 Stephen F. Austin  52    83 
Sam Houston State  34    56 
Nicholls State  34    56 
Southwest Texas State  25    56 
Troy State  25    56 
Jacksonville State  16    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1997 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 Southern $ 80    111 
No. 14 Jackson State ^ 71    93 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff  62    83 
Texas Southern  44    56 
Alcorn State  44    47 
Mississippi Valley State  35    46 
Alabama State  26    38 
Grambling State  26    38 
Prairie View A&M  08    09 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1997 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 18 Cal Poly  00    101 
No. 5 Western Kentucky ^ 00    102 
No. 17 Hofstra ^ 00    92 
No. 25 Liberty  00    92 
Samford  00    74 
Morehead State  00    54 
South Florida  00    56 
Southern Utah  00    56 
Saint Mary's  00    46 
Davidson  00    38 
Buffalo  00    29 
La Salle  00    18 
Charleston Southern  00    19 
Austin Peay  00    010 
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference champions

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

Playoff Bracket

The NCAA departed from standard bracket structure—where, for example, the fourth and fifth seeds could meet in the second round—in order to place teams from the same conference in different halves of the bracket. [2]

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
            
1Villanova* 49
16 Colgate 28
1 Villanova* 34
8Youngstown State37
8Youngstown State* 28
9 Hampton 13
8Youngstown State25
3 Eastern Washington* 14
5 Western Kentucky * 42
12 Eastern Kentucky 14
5 Western Kentucky 21
3Eastern Washington* 38
3Eastern Washington* 40
14 Northwestern State 10
8Youngstown State10
6 McNeese State 9
4 Delaware * 24
13 Hofstra 14
4Delaware* 16
7 Georgia Southern 7
7 Georgia Southern * 52
10 Florida A&M 37
4 Delaware* 21
6McNeese State23
6McNeese State* 19
11 Montana 14
6McNeese State14
2 Western Illinois* 12
2Western Illinois* 31
15 Jackson State 24

*Denotes host institution
Source: [3]

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