|1997 Florida Gators football|
Florida Citrus Bowl champion
|1997 record||10–2 (6–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Steve Spurrier (8th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Steve Spurrier|
|Defensive coordinator||Bob Stoops (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium|
|1997 SEC football standings|
|No. 7 Tennessee x$||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 10 Georgia||6||–||2||10||–||2|
|No. 4 Florida||6||–||2||10||–||2|
|No. 11 Auburn xy||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 13 LSU x||6||–||2||9||–||3|
|No. 22 Ole Miss||4||–||4||8||–||4|
|Championship: Tennessee 30, Auburn 29|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1997 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the eighth for Steve Spurrier as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Spurrier's 1997 Florida Gators finished with a 10–2 overall record and a 6–2 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for second place among the six SEC Eastern Division teams.
|August 30||Southern Miss*||No. 2||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida||ESPN2||W 21–6||85,439|
|September 6||Central Michigan*||No. 2||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida||PPV||W 82–6||85,347|
|September 20||No. 4 Tennessee||No. 3||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida||CBS||W 33–20||85,714|
|September 27||at Kentucky||No. 1||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, Kentucky||CBS||W 55–28||59,244|
|October 4||Arkansas||No. 1||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida||ESPN2||W 56–7||85,253|
|October 11||at No. 14 LSU||No. 1||Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, Louisiana||ESPN||L 21–28||80,677|
|October 18||at No. 6 Auburn||No. 7||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, Alabama||CBS||W 24–10||85,244|
|November 1||vs. No. 14 Georgia||No. 6||Alltel Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida||CBS||L 17–37||84,297|
|November 8||Vanderbilt||No. 13||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida||JPS||W 20–7||85,305|
|November 15||at South Carolina||No. 12||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, South Carolina||JPS||W 48–21||80,072|
|November 22||No. 1 Florida State*||No. 10||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida||CBS||W 32–29||85,677|
|January 1||vs. No. 11 Penn State*||No. 6||Florida Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida (Florida Citrus Bowl)||ABC||W 21–6||72,940|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
- University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1997 Football Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.