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1997 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Sugar Bowl, L 14–31 vs. Florida State
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 12
1997 record10–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn Cooper
Defensive coordinatorFred Pagac
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 89,841)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1/2 Michigan   8 0         12 0  
#12/12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
#16/17 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
#15/15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1997 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1997–1998. The Buckeyes compiled a 10–3 record, including the 1998 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they lost 31–14 to the Florida State Seminoles.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28* 8:00 PM Wyoming #9 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN2 W 24–10   89,122[1]
September 13* 1:30 PM Bowling Green #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 44–13   93,151[1]
September 20* 3:30 PM Arizona #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 28–20   91,152[1]
September 27* 12:00 PM at Missouri #7 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO ABC W 31–10   58,882[1]
October 4 3:30 PM #11 Iowa #7 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 23–7   92,536[1]
October 11 3:30 PM at #2 Penn State #7 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 27–31   97,282[1]
October 18 12:30 PM Indiana #11 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ESPN2 W 31–0   92,368[1]
October 25 3:30 PM Northwestern #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 49–6   92,445[1]
November 1 3:30 PM at #21 Michigan State #9 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 37–13   74,903[1]
November 8 4:00 PM at Minnesota #7 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 31–3   47,706[1]
November 15 12:00 PM Illinois #4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illibuck) ESPN+ W 41–6   92,008[1]
November 22 12:00 PM at #1 Michigan #4 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC L 14–20   106,982[1]
January 1* 8:00 PM vs. #4 Florida State #9 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 14–31   67,289[1]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staffEdit

  • John Cooper - Head Coach - 10th year
  • Bill Conley - Recruiting Coordinator (10th year)
  • Jim Heacock - Defensive Line (3rd year)
  • Mike Jacobs - Offensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Coordinator (16th year)
  • Tim Salem - (1st year)
  • Shawn Simms - Defensive Ends (1st year)
  • Tim Spencer - Running Backs (4th year)
  • Chuck Strobart - Offensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Jon Tenuta - Defensive Backs (2nd year)

NFL draftEdit

For the first time since the NFL draft's inception in 1936, no Ohio State players were selected in the 1998 NFL Draft.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Park, Jack (2003). The Official Ohio State Football Encyclopedia. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-695-7.
  2. Ohio State Drafted Players
Win/Loss statistics
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