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1997 Year Summary

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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

Conference Summary

Sorted by SRS
Overall Bowls SRS Polls
Rk Conference Schs G W L Pct G W L Pct SRS SOS Pre Final Champion
1 Southeastern Conference 12 140 86 54 .614 6 5 1 .833 10.68 7.43 5 6 Tennessee
2 Pacific-10 Conference 10 116 68 48 .586 6 5 1 .833 9.41 6.37 3 4 UCLA
Washington State
3 Atlantic Coast Conference 9 103 58 45 .563 4 3 1 .750 6.50 4.31 3 3 Florida State
4 Big Ten Conference 11 132 72 60 .545 7 2 5 .286 4.80 3.15 6 4 Michigan
5 Big 12 Conference 12 140 75 65 .536 5 2 3 .400 2.15 1.48 4 5 Nebraska
6 Conference USA 7 79 37 42 .468 2 2 0 1.000 -3.12 -1.82 0 1 Southern Mississippi
7 Western Athletic Conference 16 187 90 97 .481 3 1 2 .333 -4.03 -2.89 1 1 Colorado State
8 Big East Conference 8 93 41 52 .441 4 0 4 .000 -5.12 -2.94 2 1 Syracuse
9 Mid-American Conference 12 135 62 73 .459 1 0 1 .000 -6.30 -4.36 0 0 Marshall
10 Independent 9 102 45 57 .441 1 0 1 .000 -7.09 -4.80 1 0
11 Big West Conference 6 67 26 41 .388 1 0 1 .000 -10.80 -7.92 0 0 Nevada
Utah State

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 8/25 9/2 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Michigan Big Ten 14 15 14 14 8 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 1
Nebraska Big 12 6 6 6 6 7 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 3 3 2 2 2 2
Florida State ACC 3 3 5 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 5 4 4 3
Florida SEC 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 7 6 6 13 12 10 7 6 6 4
UCLA Pac-10         24 24 22 18 17 13 12 10 9 7 6 5 5 5
North Carolina ACC 7 7 7 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 8 8 8 7 7 6
Tennessee SEC 5 5 3 4 4 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 5 5 3 3 3 7
Kansas State Big 12 23 22 21 20 20 18 17 22 20 14 13 11 10 9 11 10 10 8
Washington State Pac-10         19 15 15 12 13 10 10 16 14 11 10 8 8 9
Georgia SEC         25 19 18 13 19 16 14 9 7 14 14 13 12 10
Auburn SEC 16 17 16 16 12 8 8 8 6 11 11 17 16 13 13 11 13 11
Ohio State Big Ten 9 9 9 9 9 7 7 7 11 9 9 7 4 4 9 9 9 12
Louisiana State SEC 10 10 10 10 10 13 13 14 8 17 16 14 11 20 17 16 15 13
Arizona State Pac-10       24 14 25 25     23 20 15 15 12 12 17 16 14
Purdue Big Ten                   22 18 23 19 23 18 18 17 15
Penn State Big Ten 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 6 6 4 12 11 16
Colorado State WAC     24 25 23                 25 20 20 18 17
Washington Pac-10 4 4 4 3 2 10 10 10 10 7 7 6 13 17 21 21 21 18
Southern Mississippi CUSA                     24 24     23 22 22 19
Texas A&M Big 12           22 21 15 14 20 25 21 18 16 15 14 20 20
Syracuse Big East 17 13                   22 21 18 16 15 14 21
Mississippi SEC                   25               22
Missouri Big 12                         25 21 19 19 19 23
Oklahoma State Big 12               20 16 12 19 25 24   25 24 24 24
Georgia Tech ACC               25 21                 25
School Conf Pre 8/25 9/2 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Air Force WAC             23 19 18           24 23 23  
Alabama SEC 15 16 15 15 11 21 20                      
Brigham Young WAC 19 19 19     23 24 21                    
Clemson ACC 20 20 18 19 16 17                        
Colorado Big 12 8 8 8 8 15 16 16 24                    
Iowa Big Ten 21 21 20 18 13 11 11 17 15 18 15 12 22          
Miami (FL) Big East 13 14 13 13 22                          
Michigan State Big Ten 25 25 25 21 17 12 12 11 12 15 21         25 25  
Mississippi State SEC                       19 17 15 22      
Northwestern Big Ten   24 21                              
Notre Dame Ind 11 11 11 12                            
Southern California Pac-10 22 23 23 23                            
Stanford Pac-10 18 18 17 17 21 20 19 16 25                  
Texas Big 12 12 12 12 11                            
Toledo MAC                   24 22 18            
Virginia Tech Big East       22 18 14 14 23 22 19 23 20 19 19        
West Virginia Big East                 23 21 17     22        
Wisconsin Big Ten 24               24       23 24        

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Tim Couch (KY) 363
2. Tim Rattay (LATECH) 293
3. Peyton Manning (TN) 287
4. Chad Pennington* (MARSH) 276
5. Chris Redman (LOU) 261
6. Dan Gonzalez (ECAR) 253
7. Charlie Batch (EMI) 247
8. Daunte Culpepper (CFL) 238
9. Thad Busby (FLST) 235
10. Chris Wallace (TOL) 232

Pass Attempts

1. Tim Couch (KY) 547
2. Peyton Manning (TN) 477
  Tim Rattay (LATECH) 477
4. Chad Pennington* (MARSH) 473
5. Chris Redman (LOU) 445
6. Charlie Batch (EMI) 434
7. Chris Wallace (TOL) 433
8. Dan Gonzalez (ECAR) 431
9. Ryan Leaf* (WAST) 410
10. Billy Dicken* (PUR) 407

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Tim Couch (KY) 66.4
2. Mike Bobo (GA) 65.0
3. Stewart Patridge (MS) 64.8
4. Joe Hamilton (GATECH) 64.6
5. Brian Griese (MI) 63.2
6. Oscar Davenport (NC) 62.8
7. Daunte Culpepper (CFL) 62.5
8. Nealon Greene* (CLEM) 62.1
9. Matt Hasselbeck (BC) 61.6
10. Joe Germaine* (OHST) 61.4

Passing Yards

1. Ryan Leaf* (WAST) 3968
2. Tim Couch (KY) 3884
3. Tim Rattay (LATECH) 3881
4. Peyton Manning (TN) 3819
5. Chad Pennington* (MARSH) 3817
6. John Dutton (NV) 3526
7. Thad Busby (FLST) 3317
8. Charlie Batch (EMI) 3280
9. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 3277
10. Billy Dicken* (PUR) 3136

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Cade McNown* (UCLA) 10.0
2. Ryan Leaf* (WAST) 9.7
3. John Dutton (NV) 9.6
4. Donovan McNabb (SYR) 9.4
5. Mike Bobo (GA) 9.0
6. Joe Germaine* (OHST) 8.8
7. Moses Moreno (COST) 8.8
8. Brock Huard (WA) 8.8
9. Jason Maas* (OR) 8.7
10. Corby Jones (MO) 8.7

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Cade McNown* (UCLA) 10.7
2. Ryan Leaf* (WAST) 10.1
3. John Dutton (NV) 10.0
4. Donovan McNabb (SYR) 9.9
5. Mike Bobo (GA) 9.1
6. Graham Leigh (NM) 8.8
7. Brock Huard (WA) 8.8
8. Aaron Brooks (VA) 8.8
9. Moses Moreno (COST) 8.8
10. Jason Maas* (OR) 8.7

Passing Touchdowns

1. Chad Pennington* (MARSH) 42
2. Tim Couch (KY) 37
3. Peyton Manning (TN) 36
4. Tim Rattay (LATECH) 34
  Ryan Leaf* (WAST) 34
6. Jose Davis (KENT) 32
7. Pete Gonzalez (PITT) 30
8. Chris Wallace (TOL) 27
9. Daunte Culpepper (CFL) 25
  Thad Busby (FLST) 25

Passing Interceptions

1. Tim Couch (KY) 19
2. Todd Schultz* (MIST) 17
  Jon Denton (NVLV) 17
4. John Hessler (CO) 16
  Billy Dicken* (PUR) 16
6. Matt Wyatt (MSST) 15
7. Jay Rodgers (IN) 14
  Jake Josetti (BALLST) 14
  Tim Alexander (ORST) 14
  Jose Davis (KENT) 14
  Jamie Barnette (NCST) 14
  Chris Redman (LOU) 14
  Justin Vedder (CA) 14
  Shaun King (TLN) 14

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Cade McNown* (UCLA) 166.0
2. Ryan Leaf* (WAST) 158.7
3. John Dutton (NV) 156.7
4. Brock Huard (WA) 156.4
5. Mike Bobo (GA) 155.8
6. Donovan McNabb (SYR) 154.0
7. Graham Leigh (NM) 153.6
8. Moses Moreno (COST) 153.5
9. Jason Maas* (OR) 152.1
10. Joe Germaine* (OHST) 151.9

Rush Attempts

1. Travis Prentice (MIAOH) 296
2. Robert Holcombe (IL) 294
3. Amos Zereoue* (WV) 281
4. Ricky Williams (TX) 279
5. Ahman Green (NE) 278
6. Saladin McCullough* (OR) 267
7. Autry Denson (NDAME) 264
8. Ron Dayne* (WI) 263
9. Skip Hicks* (UCLA) 258
10. Dwayne Harris (TOL) 254

Rushing Yards

1. Ricky Williams (TX) 1893
2. Ahman Green (NE) 1877
3. Tavian Banks (IA) 1639
4. Amos Zereoue* (WV) 1589
5. Travis Prentice (MIAOH) 1549
6. Ron Dayne* (WI) 1457
7. Chris McCoy (NAVY) 1370
8. Jamal Lewis (TN) 1364
9. Curtis Enis (PAST) 1363
10. Saladin McCullough* (OR) 1343

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Cecil Collins (LAST) 8.3
2. Ernest Blackwell (MO) 7.5
3. Kevin McDougal (COST) 7.4
4. James Jackson (MIAFL) 7.3
5. Dante Hall (TXAM) 7.3
6. Kendall Matthews* (PUR) 7.1
7. Riz Buckman (OH) 6.9
8. Ricky Williams (TX) 6.8
9. Bobby Ray Tell (LATECH) 6.8
10. Ahman Green (NE) 6.8

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Ricky Williams (TX) 25
  Travis Prentice (MIAOH) 25
3. Ahman Green (NE) 22
  Skip Hicks* (UCLA) 22
5. Chris McCoy (NAVY) 20
6. Scott Frost (NE) 19
  Curtis Enis (PAST) 19
  Chris Lemon (NV) 19
9. Amos Zereoue* (WV) 18
10. Tavian Banks (IA) 17

Receptions

1. Eugene Baker (KENT) 103
2. Troy Edwards (LATECH) 102
3. Randy Moss* (MARSH) 96
4. Troy Walters (STAN) 86
  Geoff Noisy (NV) 86
6. Shawn Foreman* (WV) 77
  Siaha Burley (CFL) 77
  Antonio Wilson (ID) 77
9. Marcus Nash (TN) 76
10. Bobby Shaw (CA) 75

Receiving Yards

1. Randy Moss* (MARSH) 1820
2. Troy Edwards (LATECH) 1707
3. Eugene Baker (KENT) 1549
4. Jerome Pathon (WA) 1245
5. Pascal Volz (NM) 1229
6. Brian Alford* (PUR) 1228
7. Troy Walters (STAN) 1206
8. Geoff Noisy (NV) 1184
9. Marcus Nash (TN) 1170
10. Trevor Insley (NV) 1151

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Kent Layman (MO) 25.4
2. Corey Alston (WMI) 23.8
3. Damon Gibson (IA) 22.4
4. Kevin Drake (ALBIRM) 21.7
5. Jim Turner (SYR) 21.2
6. Jim McElroy* (UCLA) 21.0
7. Octavus Barnes (NC) 21.0
  Darnell McDonald (KSST) 21.0
9. Joe Jurevicius (PAST) 20.9
10. Kevin Walker (TEMP) 20.2

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Randy Moss* (MARSH) 26
2. Eugene Baker (KENT) 18
3. Torry Holt (NCST) 16
4. David Boston* (OHST) 14
5. Marcus Nash (TN) 13
  Pascal Volz (NM) 13
  Troy Edwards (LATECH) 13
  Terry Murphy (PITT) 13
9. Oliver Newell (SJST) 11
  Chris Jackson* (WAST) 11
  Kevin McKenzie* (WAST) 11
  E.G. Green (FLST) 11

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Robert Holcombe (IL) 329
2. Travis Prentice (MIAOH) 319
3. Ricky Williams (TX) 299
4. Amos Zereoue* (WV) 297
5. Autry Denson (NDAME) 294
6. Ahman Green (NE) 292
7. Sedrick Irvin* (MIST) 286
8. Saladin McCullough* (OR) 285
9. Skip Hicks* (UCLA) 280
10. Jonathan Linton (NC) 277

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Ricky Williams (TX) 2043
2. Ahman Green (NE) 1982
3. Troy Edwards (LATECH) 1897
4. Tavian Banks (IA) 1839
5. Randy Moss* (MARSH) 1822
6. Amos Zereoue* (WV) 1720
7. Travis Prentice (MIAOH) 1687
8. Skip Hicks* (UCLA) 1671
9. Jamal Lewis (TN) 1630
10. Sedrick Irvin* (MIST) 1616

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Randy Moss* (MARSH) 26
  Skip Hicks* (UCLA) 26
3. Travis Prentice (MIAOH) 25
  Ricky Williams (TX) 25
5. Ahman Green (NE) 22
6. Chris McCoy (NAVY) 20
  Curtis Enis (PAST) 20
8. Tavian Banks (IA) 19
  Scott Frost (NE) 19
  Chris Lemon (NV) 19

Total Plays

1. Tim Couch (KY) 613
2. Tim Rattay (LATECH) 541
3. Chris Wallace (TOL) 531
4. Chad Pennington* (MARSH) 530
5. Peyton Manning (TN) 526
6. Charlie Batch (EMI) 519
7. Daunte Culpepper (CFL) 517
8. Dan Gonzalez (ECAR) 506
9. Billy Dicken* (PUR) 504
10. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 499

Total Yards

1. Tim Rattay (LATECH) 3968
2. Ryan Leaf* (WAST) 3920
3. Peyton Manning (TN) 3789
4. Chad Pennington* (MARSH) 3767
5. Tim Couch (KY) 3759
6. Daunte Culpepper (CFL) 3524
7. John Dutton (NV) 3522
8. Billy Dicken* (PUR) 3487
9. Charlie Batch (EMI) 3390
10. Thad Busby (FLST) 3301

Total Yards Per Play

1. John Dutton (NV) 8.6
2. Cade McNown* (UCLA) 8.0
3. Ryan Leaf* (WAST) 8.0
4. Thad Busby (FLST) 7.4
5. Tim Rattay (LATECH) 7.3
6. Peyton Manning (TN) 7.2
7. Chad Pennington* (MARSH) 7.1
8. Billy Dicken* (PUR) 6.9
9. Daunte Culpepper (CFL) 6.8
10. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 6.6

Total Touchdowns

1. Chad Pennington* (MARSH) 43
2. Tim Couch (KY) 40
  Ryan Leaf* (WAST) 40
4. Peyton Manning (TN) 39
5. Tim Rattay (LATECH) 35
  Jose Davis (KENT) 35
7. Pete Gonzalez (PITT) 33
8. Graham Leigh (NM) 32
9. Chris McCoy (NAVY) 31
10. Daunte Culpepper (CFL) 30