|1997 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
|Record||4–7 (2–6 SEC)|
|Offensive coordinator||Bruce Arians (1st year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Ellis Johnson (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium|
|1997 Southeastern Conference football standings|
|No. 7 Tennessee x$||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 10 Georgia||6||–||2||10||–||2|
|No. 4 Florida||6||–||2||10||–||2|
|No. 11 Auburn xy||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 13 LSU x||6||–||2||9||–||3|
|No. 22 Ole Miss||4||–||4||8||–||4|
|Championship: Tennessee 30, Auburn 29|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1997 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the college football season of 1997–98. The team's head coach was Mike DuBose, who was entering his first year at Alabama. They played their home games at both Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama and competed in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. Alabama would finish with a record of 4–7 record in suffering the program's first losing season since the 1984 season. The loss against Kentucky marked Alabama's first ever overtime game, as overtime rules for college football had gone into effect the previous season.
|August 30||11:30 a.m.||Houston*||No. 16||JPS||W 42–17||81,591|||
|September 11||7:30 p.m.||at Vanderbilt||No. 15||ESPN||W 20–0||41,448|||
|September 20||11:30 a.m.||Arkansas||No. 11||JPS||L 16–17||70,123|||
|September 27||2:00 p.m.||Southern Miss*||No. 21||PPV||W 27–14||83,091|||
|October 4||6:00 p.m.||at Kentucky||No. 20||PPV||L 34–40 OT||59,226|||
|October 18||6:00 p.m.||No. 9 Tennessee||ESPN||L 21–38||83,091|||
|October 25||11:30 a.m.||at No. 25 Ole Miss||JPS||W 29–20||41,548|||
|November 1||1:00 p.m.||Louisiana Tech*||PPV||L 20–26||70,123|||
|November 8||2:30 p.m.||No. 14 LSU||CBS||L 0–27||70,123|||
|November 15||11:30 a.m.||No. 17 Mississippi State||JPS||L 20–32||70,123|||
|November 22||6:00 p.m.||at No. 13 Auburn||ESPN||L 17–18||85,214|||
|Name||Position||Consecutive seasons at Alabama|
|Mike Dubose||Head coach||1st|
|Bruce Arians||Offensive coordinator/Quarterback coach||1st|
|Dabo Swinney||Tight end||5th|
|Neil Callaway||Offensive line coach||1st|
|Woody McCorvey||Wide receivers coach||8th|
|Ivy Williams||Running backs coach||4th|
|Ellis Johnson||Defensive coordinator/Defensive line||1st|
|Curley Hallman||Secondary coach||2nd|
|Jeff Rouzie||Linebackers coach||7th|
|Danny Pearman||Special teams coordinator||7th|
|Mickey Conn||Graduate Assistant||2nd|
See also: 1997 Houston Cougars football team
|#16 Crimson Tide||21||7||0||14||42|
A sell-out crowd filled Legion Field as the Mike Dubose era got off to a great start with the Crimson Tide rolling to a big win over Houston. Alabama's 42 points was the most any Alabama team had put up in a game since the season opener in 1994.
See also: 1997 Vanderbilt Commodores football team
|#15 Crimson Tide||7||0||3||10||20|
Alabama defense would hold Vanderbilt offense to 124 yards as the Crimson Tide won its first road and conference game of the year in shutout fashion.
See also: 1997 Arkansas Razorbacks football team
|#11 Crimson Tide||3||3||3||7||16|
For the second time in a row, Arkansas would come to Bryant-Denny Stadium and upset a ranked Alabama team by one point. Alabama held a 16-10 lead late in the game but, an Anthony Eubanks touchdown grab of 29 yards from Clint Stoerner gave Arkansas a one-point win.
|#21 Crimson Tide||0||10||7||10||27|
After being tied at halftime, Alabama would outscore Southern Miss 17-3 in the second half lead by Alabama defense forcing three Southern Miss turnovers.
See also: 1997 Kentucky Wildcats football team
|#20 Crimson Tide||7||7||10||10||0||34|
A back and forth shootout ended with a 26-yard game-winning touchdown pass from Kentucky QB Tim Couch to give Kentucky its first win over Alabama since 1922. Alabama had the ball first in overtime but, a Chad Goss fumble gave Kentucky an opportunity to score and win with their possession. This would mark the first overtime game ever for both teams.
See also: 1997 Tennessee Volunteers football team
For the third straight year, Tennessee would beat Alabama. Alabama would kick two early field goals to have a 6-0 lead but Tennessee would score the next 28 points to put the game out of reach for Alabama. This game would be the last Third Saturday in October game to be played at Legion Field.
See also: 1997 Ole Miss Rebels football team
Mike DuBose would get his first win against a ranked team as the Crimson Tide ended their two-game losing streak with a win against Ole Miss.
For the first time since the 1990 season, Alabama would lose a non-conference game. This was also the first homecoming loss for Alabama since 1990, and the first time Louisiana Tech had ever defeated Alabama. Coming into the game, the Bulldogs had the third-ranked passing offense in college football.
See also: 1997 LSU Tigers football team
LSU returned the favor after Alabama shutout LSU in Tiger Stadium in 1996 by shutting out Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This was the first time Alabama had been shutout since 1991.
For the first time since 1957, Mississippi State would win in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The loss also meant Alabama would not win a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the first time since 1955. The loss also guaranteed Alabama its first losing season since 1984.
See also: 1997 Auburn Tigers football team
Despite being an underdog, Alabama would lead for most of the game and be in a position to put the game away but an Ed Scissum fumble recovered by Auburn put them in field goal range to take the lead and ultimately give them the win. Alabama would try a 57-yard field goal with A.J. Diaz as time expired but it fell short. Alabama seven losses was the most Alabama had had in a season since 1957.