The 1897 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Penn and Yale as having been selected national champions.[1]

Conference and program changes

Conference establishments

Membership changes

School 1896 Conference 1897 Conference
Arizona Normal Football Program Established Independent
Central Colonels Independent SIAA
Gallaudet Bison Independent MIFA

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1897 Colorado Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Colorado $ 2 0 0 7 1 0
Colorado Mines 1 1 0 2 2 0
Colorado College 0 2 0 3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1897 Maryland Intercollegiate Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Gallaudet $ 3 0 1 4 1 1
Maryland 0 3 0 2 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1897 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 3 0 0 6 0 1
Georgia 2 0 0 2 1 0
Auburn 2 0 1 2 0 1
Tennessee 1 0 0 4 1 0
Central (KY) 1 1 0 1 2 0
Nashville 1 1 0 1 1 0
Alabama 0 0 0 1 0 0
Texas 0 0 0 6 2 0
LSU 0 0 0 1 1 0
Sewanee 1 2 1 1 3 1
Clemson 0 1 0 2 2 0
Cumberland (TN) 0 1 0 0 1 0
Georgia Tech 0 1 0 0 1 0
Mercer 0 1 0 0 1 1
Kentucky State College 0 2 0 2 4 0
SW Presbyterian 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1897 Triangular Football League standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Dartmouth $ 2 0 0 4 3 0
Amherst 0 1 1 2 6 2
Williams 0 1 1 1 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1897 Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wisconsin $ 3 0 0 9 1 0
Chicago 3 1 0 11 1 0
Michigan 2 1 0 6 1 1
Illinois 1 1 0 6 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0 5 3 1
Northwestern 0 2 0 5 3 0
Minnesota 0 3 0 4 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1897 Western Interstate University Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Nebraska $ 3 0 0 5 1 0
Kansas 2 1 0 8 2 0
Iowa 0 2 0 4 4 0
Missouri 0 2 0 5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Independents

1897 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Penn     15 0 0
Princeton     10 1 0
Washington & Jefferson     10 1 0
Yale     9 0 2
Buffalo     9 1 0
Harvard     10 1 1
Army     6 1 1
Vermont     3 0 2
Lafayette     9 2 1
Drexel     6 2 1
Colgate     5 2 1
Dickinson     7 3 2
Swarthmore     7 3 2
Fordham     2 1 1
Cornell     5 3 1
Syracuse     5 3 1
Brown     7 4 0
Carlisle     6 4 0
Boston College     4 3 0
Holy Cross     4 3 1
Bucknell     3 3 1
NYU     3 3 0
Temple     3 3 0
Trinity (CT)     4 4 1
Wesleyan     6 6 0
Tufts     6 7 0
Geneva     3 4 1
Pittsburgh College     2 3 1
Villanova     3 5 1
Penn State     3 6 0
Amherst     2 6 2
Frankin & Marshall     2 6 2
Lehigh     3 7 0
New Hampshire     2 5 0
Rutgers     2 6 0
Western Univ. Penn.     1 3 0
1897 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Butler     3 0 0
Fairmount     1 0 0
Washburn     7 1 0
Cincinnati     9 1 1
Iowa State Normal     5 1 0
Ohio Wesleyan     7 1 1
Indiana     6 1 1
Ohio     7 2 0
Carthage     3 1 0
Iowa Agricultural     3 1 0
Notre Dame     4 1 1
Michigan Agricultural     4 2 1
Central Michigan     2 1 0
Baldwin–Wallace     2 1 1
Chicago Dental Infirmary     2 2 1
Missouri     5 6 0
Lake Forest     4 5 1
Drake     2 3 0
Heidelberg     2 3 0
Detroit College     1 2 0
Indiana State     1 2 0
Kansas State     1 2 1
Mount Union     2 4 1
Rush Medical College     1 4 1
DePauw     2 6 0
Wittenberg     2 6 0
Haskell     1 4 0
Ohio State     1 7 1
South Dakota State     0 1 0
Washington University     0 2 0
North Dakota Agricultural     0 3 0
1897 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oklahoma     2 0 0
Arkansas     2 0 1
Navy     8 1 0
Virginia     6 2 1
Add-Ran     3 1 0
Washington and Lee     3 1 0
VPI     5 2 0
North Carolina     7 3 0
VMI     3 2 0
Guilford     2 1 0
West Virginia     5 4 1
Columbian     4 5 1
Davidson     1 1 0
Richmond     3 5 0
North Carolina A&M     1 2 0
Texas A&M     1 2 0
Delaware     1 5 1
William & Mary     0 1 0
Marshall     0 3 0
South Carolina     0 3 0
1897 Far West college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oregon Agricultural     5 0 0
Washington Agricultural     2 0 0
Wyoming     2 0 0
USC     5 1 0
Stanford     4 1 0
New Mexico A&M     1 0 1
Oregon     1 1 0
Montana     1 2 3
Washington     1 2 0
Montana Agricultural     1 3 0
California     0 3 2
Utah     1 5 0
Arizona Normal     0 1 0
Nevada State     0 1 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Kalamazoo 5–0

See also

References

  1. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved 2009-10-16.