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1997 North Carolina Tar Heels football
Gator Bowl champion
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 7
1997 record11–1 (7–1 ACC)
Head coachMack Brown (10th year, regular season)
Carl Torbush (bowl game)
Offensive coordinatorGreg Davis (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorCarl Torbush (10th season)
Home stadiumKenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 57,500)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Florida State   8 0         11 1  
#6 North Carolina   7 1         11 1  
Virginia   5 3         7 4  
#25 Georgia Tech   5 3         7 5  
Clemson   4 4         7 5  
NC State   3 5         6 5  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 6  
Maryland   1 7         2 9  
Duke   0 8         2 9  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Tar Heels played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team was coached by Mack Brown finished the season 11–1 overall, 7–1 in the conference.

At the end of the season, Mack Brown left for Texas and as a result, did not coach in the Gator Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. Carl Torbush, who was the defensive coordinator during the regular season, became the head coach when Brown left. North Carolina credits the regular season to Mack Brown and the Gator Bowl victory to Carl Torbush.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 612:00 p.m.Indiana*No. 7ESPN2W 23–657,800
September 136:00 p.m.No. 17 Stanford*No. 7
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
ESPN2W 28–1757,800
September 2012:00 p.m.at MarylandNo. 6JPSW 40–1430,084
September 2712:00 p.m.VirginiaNo. 5
ABCW 48–2057,800
October 48:05 p.m.at TCU*No. 5W 31–1029,415
October 1112:00 p.m.Wake ForestNo. 5
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC (rivalry)
JPSW 30–1257,000
October 186:00 p.m.at NC StateNo. 4ESPN2W 20–751,500
October 308:00 p.m.at Georgia TechNo. 5ESPNW 16–1345,126
November 87:30 p.m.No. 3 Florida StateNo. 5
ESPNL 3–2062,000
November 153:30 p.m.at ClemsonNo. 8ABCW 17–1071,514
November 2212:00 p.m.DukeNo. 8
JPSW 50–1453,500
January 1, 199812:30 p.m.vs. Virginia Tech*No. 7NBCW 42–354,116
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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