|1897 Drake Bulldogs football|
|Head coach||A. B. Potter (1st season)|
The 1897 Drake Bulldogs football team was an American football team that represented Drake University as an independent during the 1897 college football season. In its first season under head coach A. B. Potter, the team compiled a 2–3 record and outscored opponents by a total of 66 to 34.
|October 2||William Penn||Des Moines, IA||W 16–4|
|October 16||at Panora Athletic Club||Panora, IA||L 0–16|
|October 30||at Knoxville||W 18–0|
|November 13||Iowa||Des Moines, IA||L 0–16|
|November 20||Grinnell||Des Moines, IA||L 0–30|