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1997 Florida Gators football
Florida Citrus Bowl champion
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 4
1997 record 10–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier (8th season)
Offensive coordinator Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Bob Stoops (2nd season)
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 83,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 SEC 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  
Alabama   2 6         4 7  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Tennessee 30, Auburn 29
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
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[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 Southern Miss* No. 2 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida ESPN2 W 21–6   85,439
September 6 Central Michigan* No. 2 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida PPV W 82–6   85,347
September 20 No. 4 Tennessee No. 3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 33–20   85,714
September 27 at Kentucky No. 1 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky CBS W 55–28   59,244
October 4 Arkansas No. 1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN2 W 56–7   85,253
October 11 at No. 14 LSU No. 1 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana ESPN L 21–28   80,677
October 18 at No. 6 Auburn No. 7 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama CBS W 24–10   85,244
November 1 vs. No. 14 Georgia No. 6 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, Florida CBS L 17–37   84,297
November 8 Vanderbiltdagger No. 13 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JPS W 20–7   85,305
November 15 at South Carolina No. 12 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina JPS W 48–21   80,072
November 22 No. 1 Florida State* No. 10 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 32–29   85,677
January 1 vs. No. 11 Penn State* No. 6 Florida Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC W 21–6   72,940
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[2]

References[edit]

  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.

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