|1997 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||September 6 – November 15, 1997|
|Playoffs||November 22 – December 13, 1997|
|National Championship||Braly Municipal Stadium|
|Harlon Hill Trophy||Irvin Singler, Bloomsburg|
The 1997 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 6, 1997, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 13, 1997, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama.
Northern Colorado defeated New Haven in the championship game, 51–0, to win their second Division II national title.
The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Irvin Sigler, running back from Bloomsburg.
|Team||1996 conference||1997 conference|
|Chico State||NCAC||dropped program|
|East Central||Oklahoma Intercollegiate (NAIA)||Lone Star|
|Harding||Independent (NAIA)||Lone Star|
|Humboldt State||NCAC||Columbia (NAIA)|
|Mississippi College||Independent||American Southwest (D-III)|
|Norfolk State||Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association||NCAA Division I-AA independent|
|Northeastern State||Oklahoma Intercollegiate (NAIA)||Lone Star|
|Ouachita Baptist||Independent (NAIA)||Lone Star|
|Sonoma State||NCAC||dropped program|
|Southeastern Oklahoma State||Oklahoma Intercollegiate (NAIA)||Lone Star|
|Southwestern Oklahoma State||Oklahoma Intercollegiate (NAIA)||Lone Star|
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Livingstone, Virginia State, and Virginia Union
|1997 NCAA Division II Football Championship|
The 1997 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 24th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, for the 11th time.
Braly Municipal Stadium
|Western State (CO)||20|
|Northwest Missouri State||39|
|North Dakota State||28|
|Northwest Missouri State||19|