1997 Florida Gators football
Florida Citrus Bowl champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 4
Record10–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorSteve Spurrier
Defensive coordinatorBob Stoops (2nd season)
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 83,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 7 Tennessee x$   7 1     11 2  
No. 10 Georgia   6 2     10 2  
No. 4 Florida   6 2     10 2  
South Carolina   3 5     5 6  
Kentucky   2 6     5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8     3 8  
Western Division
No. 11 Auburn xy   6 2     10 3  
No. 13 LSU x   6 2     9 3  
No. 22 Ole Miss   4 4     8 4  
Mississippi State   4 4     7 4  
Arkansas   2 6     4 7  
Alabama   2 6     4 7  
Championship: Tennessee 30, Auburn 29
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the eighth for Steve Spurrier as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Spurrier's 1997 Florida Gators finished with a 10–2 overall record and a 6–2 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for second place among the six SEC Eastern Division teams.[2]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 30Southern Miss*No. 2ESPN2W 21–685,439
September 6Central Michigan*No. 2
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
PPVW 82–685,347
September 20No. 4 TennesseeNo. 3
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
CBSW 33–2085,714
September 27at KentuckyNo. 1CBSW 55–2859,244
October 4ArkansasNo. 1
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
ESPN2W 56–785,253
October 11at No. 14 LSUNo. 1ESPNL 21–2880,677
October 18at No. 6 AuburnNo. 7CBSW 24–1085,244
November 1vs. No. 14 GeorgiaNo. 6CBSL 17–3784,297
November 8VanderbiltdaggerNo. 13
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
JPSW 20–785,305
November 15at South CarolinaNo. 12JPSW 48–2180,072
November 22No. 2 Florida State*No. 10
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
CBSW 32–2985,677
January 1, 1998vs. No. 11 Penn State*No. 6ABCW 21–672,940
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[2]

Personnel

1997 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Noah Brindise
WR Jacquez Green
QB Doug Johnson
WR Travis McGriff
RB Fred Taylor
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB Tony George
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Collins Cooper
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 So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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


References

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1997 Football Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.