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1997 Coaches

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National Champions: Michigan (AP, FWAA, NFF), Nebraska (USA-ESPN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Charles Woodson (Michigan)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award: Mike Price (Washington State)

AP Preseason #1: Penn State ▪ AP Final #1: Michigan

113 Coaches

Rk Coach School Conf W L Pct Notes
1 Tom Osborne Nebraska Big 12 13 0 1.000
2 Lloyd Carr Michigan Big Ten 12 0 1.000
3 Carl Torbush North Carolina ACC 1 0 1.000
4 Bobby Bowden Florida State ACC 11 1 .917
5 Bill Snyder Kansas State Big 12 11 1 .917
6 Mack Brown North Carolina ACC 10 1 .909
7 Phillip Fulmer Tennessee SEC 11 2 .846
8 Sonny Lubick Colorado State WAC 11 2 .846 W-L-T adjusted to 12-1 by NCAA.
9 Jim Donnan Georgia SEC 10 2 .833
10 Mike Price Washington State Pac-10 10 2 .833
11 Steve Spurrier Florida SEC 10 2 .833
12 Bob Toledo UCLA Pac-10 10 2 .833
13 Gary Crowton Louisiana Tech Ind 9 2 .818
14 Terry Bowden Auburn SEC 10 3 .769
15 John Cooper Ohio State Big Ten 10 3 .769
16 Fisher DeBerry Air Force WAC 10 3 .769
17 Bob Pruett Marshall MAC 10 3 .769
18 Jeff Bower Southern Mississippi CUSA 9 3 .750
19 Gerry DiNardo Louisiana State SEC 9 3 .750
20 Joe Paterno Penn State Big Ten 9 3 .750
Rk Coach School Conf W L Pct Notes
21 Gary Pinkel Toledo MAC 9 3 .750
22 Bruce Snyder Arizona State Pac-10 9 3 .750
23 Joe Tiller Purdue Big Ten 9 3 .750
24 Gary Darnell Western Michigan MAC 8 3 .727
25 Jim Grobe Ohio MAC 8 3 .727
26 Randy Walker Miami (OH) MAC 8 3 .727
27 Dennis Franchione New Mexico WAC 9 4 .692
28 Paul Pasqualoni Syracuse Big East 9 4 .692
29 R.C. Slocum Texas A&M Big 12 9 4 .692
30 Jim Lambright Washington Pac-10 8 4 .667
31 Rick Minter Cincinnati CUSA 8 4 .667
32 Bob Simmons Oklahoma State Big 12 8 4 .667
33 Tommy Tuberville Mississippi SEC 8 4 .667
34 Tommy Bowden Tulane CUSA 7 4 .636
35 Ken Hatfield Rice WAC 7 4 .636
36 Jackie Sherrill Mississippi State SEC 7 4 .636
37 Charlie Weatherbie Navy Ind 7 4 .636
38 George Welsh Virginia ACC 7 4 .636
39 Barry Alvarez Wisconsin Big Ten 8 5 .615
40 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech Big East 7 5 .583
Rk Coach School Conf W L Pct Notes
41 Mike Bellotti Oregon Pac-10 7 5 .583
42 Hayden Fry Iowa Big Ten 7 5 .583
43 Don Nehlen West Virginia Big East 7 5 .583
44 George O'Leary Georgia Tech ACC 7 5 .583
45 Nick Saban Michigan State Big Ten 7 5 .583
46 Larry Smith Missouri Big 12 7 5 .583
47 Dick Tomey Arizona Pac-10 7 5 .583
48 Tommy West Clemson ACC 7 5 .583
49 Mike Cavan Southern Methodist WAC 6 5 .545
50 Spike Dykes Texas Tech Big 12 6 5 .545
51 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young WAC 6 5 .545
52 Ron McBride Utah WAC 6 5 .545
53 Mike O'Cain North Carolina State ACC 6 5 .545
54 John Robinson Southern California Pac-10 6 5 .545
55 Bob Davie Notre Dame Ind 7 6 .538
56 Dana Dimel Wyoming WAC 7 6 .538 W-L-T adjusted to 8-5 by NCAA.
57 Walt Harris Pittsburgh Big East 6 6 .500
58 Pat Hill Fresno State WAC 6 6 .500
59 John Smith Utah State Big West 6 6 .500
60 Terry Allen Kansas Big 12 5 6 .455 W-L-T adjusted to 6-5 by NCAA.
Rk Coach School Conf W L Pct Notes
61 Watson Brown Alabama-Birmingham Ind 5 6 .455
62 Jim Caldwell Wake Forest ACC 5 6 .455
63 Butch Davis Miami (FL) Big East 5 6 .455
64 Steve Logan East Carolina CUSA 5 6 .455
65 Bill Lynch Ball State MAC 5 6 .455
66 Gene McDowell Central Florida Ind 5 6 .455
67 Hal Mumme Kentucky SEC 5 6 .455
68 Rick Neuheisel Colorado Big 12 5 6 .455
69 Brad Scott South Carolina SEC 5 6 .455
70 Jeff Tisdel Nevada Big West 5 6 .455
71 Chris Tormey Idaho Big West 5 6 .455
72 Tyrone Willingham Stanford Pac-10 5 6 .455
73 Gary Barnett Northwestern Big Ten 5 7 .417
74 Ted Tollner San Diego State WAC 5 7 .417
75 Ed Zaunbrecher Louisiana-Monroe Ind 5 7 .417
76 Charlie Bailey Texas-El Paso WAC 4 7 .364
77 Dave Baldwin San Jose State WAC 4 7 .364
78 Mike DuBose Alabama SEC 4 7 .364
79 Danny Ford Arkansas SEC 4 7 .364
80 John Mackovic Texas Big 12 4 7 .364
Rk Coach School Conf W L Pct Notes
81 Houston Nutt Boise State Big West 4 7 .364
82 Tom O'Brien Boston College Big East 4 7 .364
83 Rick Rasnick Eastern Michigan MAC 4 7 .364
84 Rip Scherer Memphis CUSA 4 7 .364
85 Matt Simon North Texas Big West 4 7 .364
86 Bob Sutton Army Ind 4 7 .364
87 John Blake Oklahoma Big 12 4 8 .333
88 Gary Blackney Bowling Green State MAC 3 8 .273
89 Jim Corrigall Kent State MAC 3 8 .273
90 Ron Dickerson Temple Big East 3 8 .273
91 Kim Helton Houston CUSA 3 8 .273
92 Tom Holmoe California Pac-10 3 8 .273
93 Jeff Horton Nevada-Las Vegas WAC 3 8 .273
94 Mike Riley Oregon State Pac-10 3 8 .273
95 Woody Widenhofer Vanderbilt SEC 3 8 .273
96 Glen Mason Minnesota Big Ten 3 9 .250
97 Fred Vonappen Hawaii WAC 3 9 .250
98 Cam Cameron Indiana Big Ten 2 9 .182
99 Dick Flynn Central Michigan MAC 2 9 .182
100 Fred Goldsmith Duke ACC 2 9 .182
Rk Coach School Conf W L Pct Notes
101 Joe Hollis Arkansas State Ind 2 9 .182
102 Lee Owens Akron MAC 2 9 .182
103 David Rader Tulsa WAC 2 9 .182
104 Dave Roberts Baylor Big 12 2 9 .182
105 Tony Samuel New Mexico State Big West 2 9 .182
106 Ron Vanderlinden Maryland ACC 2 9 .182
107 Ron Cooper Louisville CUSA 1 10 .091
108 Dan McCarney Iowa State Big 12 1 10 .091 W-L-T adjusted to 2-9 by NCAA.
109 Nelson Stokley Louisiana-Lafayette Ind 1 10 .091
110 Pat Sullivan Texas Christian WAC 1 10 .091
111 Joe Novak Northern Illinois MAC 0 11 .000
112 Terry Shea Rutgers Big East 0 11 .000
113 Ron Turner Illinois Big Ten 0 11 .000