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1997 Alabama Crimson Tide football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
1997 record4–7 (2–6 SEC)
Head coachMike DuBose (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorBruce Arians (1st year)
Defensive coordinatorEllis Johnson (1st year)
CaptainCurtis Alexander
CaptainPaul Pickett
CaptainRod Rutledge
CaptainDeshea Townsend
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 70,123)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#7 Tennessee x   7 1         11 2  
#4 Florida   6 2         10 2  
#10 Georgia   6 2         10 2  
South Carolina   3 5         5 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 8  
Western Division
#11 Auburn xy   6 2         10 3  
#13 LSU x   6 2         9 3  
#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 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the college football season of 1997–98. The team's head coach was Mike DuBose, who was entering his first year at Alabama. They played their home games at both Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama and competed in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. Alabama would finish with a record of 4–7 record in suffering the program's first losing season since the 1984 season. The loss against Kentucky marked Alabama's first ever overtime game, as overtime rules for college football had gone into effect the previous season.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3011:30 a.m.Houston*No. 16JPSW 42–1781,591
September 117:00 p.m.at VanderbiltNo. 15ESPNW 20–041,448
September 2011:30 a.m.ArkansasNo. 11JPSL 16–1770,123
September 272:00 p.m.Southern Miss*No. 21
PPVW 27–1483,091
October 46:00 p.m.at KentuckyNo. 20PPVL 34–40 OT59,226
October 186:00 p.m.No. 9 TennesseeESPNL 21–3883,091
October 2511:30 a.m.at No. 25 Ole MissJPSW 29–2041,548
November 11:00 p.m.Louisiana Tech*daggerPPVL 20–2670,123
November 82:30 p.m.No. 14 LSUCBSL 0–2770,123
November 1511:30 a.m.No. 17 Mississippi StateJPSL 20–3270,123
November 226:00 p.m.at No. 13 AuburnESPNL 17–1885,214
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

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