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1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season


1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season

1997 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1997
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 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 standings 1
  • Conference champions 2
  • Postseason 3
    • NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket 3.1
  • References 4

Conference standings

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
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS 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 Conference – McNeese State and Northwestern State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Southern


NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

  First Round
November 29
Campus Sites
December 6
Campus Sites
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


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