|1897 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|1897 record||6–2 (1–1 Western)|
|Head coach||George Huff (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Illinois Field|
|1897 Western Conference football standings|
|† – Conference champion |
The 1897 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1897 Western Conference football season. In their third season under head coach George Huff, the Illini compiled a 6–2 record and finished in fourth place in the Western Conference. Tackle Don Sweney was the team captain.
|October 2||Eureka*||W 26–0|
|October 9||Physicians & Surgeons*||W 6–0|
|October 16||Lake Forest*||W 36–0|
|October 23||Purdue||W 34–4|
|October 30||Chicago||L 12–18|
|November 12||Knox*||W 64–0|
|November 20||vs. Carlisle*||L 6–23|
|November 25||at Eureka*||W 6–0|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "1897 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1897-schedule.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- ↑ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book". University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/fightingillini.com/documents/2015/8/3/3_History_7_30.pdf. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
- ↑ "Is Won by Chicago: Fiercest Football Game in Years at Champaign". Chicago Tribune: p. 5. October 31, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21146429/is_won_by_chicago_fiercest_football/.
- ↑ FightingIllini.com All-Time Rosters
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