|1997 Central Michigan Chippewas football|
|1997 record||2–9 (1–7 MAC)|
|Head coach||Dick Flynn (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Kelly/Shorts Stadium|
|1997 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|Championship: Marshall 34, Toledo 14|
The 1997 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth season under head coach Dick Flynn, the Chippewas compiled a 2–9 record (1–7 against MAC opponents), finished in fifth place in the MAC's West Division, and were outscored by their opponents, 479 to 282. The team played its home games in Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, with attendance of 94,162 in five home games.
The team's statistical leaders included Tim Crowley with 2,204 passing yards, Eric Flowers with 909 rushing yards, and Reggie Allen with 877 receiving yards. Offensive guard Rollie Ferris was selected as the team's most valuable player.
|August 28||Northern Illinois||W 44–10|
|September 6||at No. 2 Florida*||L 6–82|
|September 13||Boise State*||W 44–26|
|September 20||at Louisiana Tech*||L 28–56|
|September 27||Eastern Michigan||L 24–31|
|October 4||at Akron||L 14–53|
|October 11||Toledo||L 10–41|
|October 18||at Ball State||L 34–37 (OT)|
|October 25||at Kent State||L 37–60|
|November 1||Marshall||L 17–45|
|November 8||at Western Michigan||L 24–38|
- "1997 Central Michigan Chippewas Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
- "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 114. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
- "Football Facilities". Central Michigan University. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
- 2015 Media Guide, p. 87.
- "1997 Central Michigan Chippewas Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
- 2015 Media Guide, p. 95.