American Football Database
1997 UMass Minutemen football
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
DivisionNew England Division
1997 record2–9 (1–7 A-10)
Head coachMike Hodges (6th season)
Home stadiumWarren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000)
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Template:1997 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings The 1997 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team was coached by Mike Hodges and played its home games at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Hadley, Massachusetts. It was Hodges' last as head coach, as he would take the position of assistant athletic director at the University in the offseason. The 1997 season was a tough one for the Minutemen as they stumbled to their worst record since 1953. UMass finished the season with a record of 2–9 overall and 1–7 in conference play.


August 301:00 p.m.Richmond
L 6–2110,837
September 131:00 Maine
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Orono, ME
L 6–494,363
September 206:00 James MadisonL 10–1311,300
September 271:00 p.m.Rhode Islanddagger
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
W 18–148,218
October 412:00 p.m.New Hampshire
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA (rivalry)
A10 TVL 10–2814,835
October 111:00 No. 4 VillanovaNESNL 27–497,109
October 181:30 Buffalo*
W 26–206,052
October 251:00 p.m.No. 4 Delaware*
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
L 9–405,317
November 112:30 p.m.Hofstra*
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
L 13–512,510
November 81:00 Boston UniversityL 8–333,140
November 1512:30 p.m.Connecticut
  • McGuirk Stadium
  • Hadley, MA (rivalry)
L 16–492,870
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from [[1997 NCAA Division I-A football rankings#the FCS Sports Network Poll,[1] unless otherwise noted Poll|the FCS Sports Network Poll,[1] unless otherwise noted Poll]] released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time