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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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Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Cade McNown* (UCLA) 10.0
2. Ryan Leaf* (Washington State) 9.7
3. John Dutton (Nevada) 9.6
4. Donovan McNabb (Syracuse) 9.4
5. Mike Bobo (Georgia) 9.0
6. Joe Germaine* (Ohio State) 8.8
7. Moses Moreno (Colorado State) 8.8
8. Brock Huard (Washington) 8.8
9. Jason Maas* (Oregon) 8.7
10. Corby Jones (Missouri) 8.7

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Cade McNown* (UCLA) 10.7
2. Ryan Leaf* (Washington State) 10.1
3. John Dutton (Nevada) 10.0
4. Donovan McNabb (Syracuse) 9.9
5. Mike Bobo (Georgia) 9.1
6. Graham Leigh (New Mexico) 8.8
7. Brock Huard (Washington) 8.8
8. Aaron Brooks (Virginia) 8.8
9. Moses Moreno (Colorado State) 8.8
10. Jason Maas* (Oregon) 8.7

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Cade McNown* (UCLA) 166.0
2. Ryan Leaf* (Washington State) 158.7
3. John Dutton (Nevada) 156.7
4. Brock Huard (Washington) 156.4
5. Mike Bobo (Georgia) 155.8
6. Donovan McNabb (Syracuse) 154.0
7. Graham Leigh (New Mexico) 153.6
8. Moses Moreno (Colorado State) 153.5
9. Jason Maas* (Oregon) 152.1
10. Joe Germaine* (Ohio State) 151.9

Rushing Yards

1. Ricky Williams (Texas) 1893
2. Ahman Green (Nebraska) 1877
3. Tavian Banks (Iowa) 1639
4. Amos Zereoue* (West Virginia) 1589
5. Travis Prentice (Miami (OH)) 1549
6. Ron Dayne* (Wisconsin) 1457
7. Chris McCoy (Navy) 1370
8. Jamal Lewis (Tennessee) 1364
9. Curtis Enis (Penn State) 1363
10. Saladin McCullough* (Oregon) 1343

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Kevin McDougal (Colorado State) 7.4
2. James Jackson (Miami (FL)) 7.3
3. Dante Hall (Texas A&M) 7.3
4. Kendall Matthews* (Purdue) 7.1
5. Riz Buckman (Ohio) 6.9
6. Ricky Williams (Texas) 6.8
7. Bobby Ray Tell (Louisiana Tech) 6.8
8. Ahman Green (Nebraska) 6.8
9. Darrell Bush (Baylor) 6.7
10. Tavian Banks (Iowa) 6.7

Receiving Yards

1. Randy Moss* (Marshall) 1820
2. Troy Edwards (Louisiana Tech) 1707
3. Eugene Baker (Kent State) 1549
4. Jerome Pathon (Washington) 1245
5. Pascal Volz (New Mexico) 1229
6. Brian Alford* (Purdue) 1228
7. Troy Walters (Stanford) 1206
8. Geoff Noisy (Nevada) 1184
9. Marcus Nash (Tennessee) 1170
10. Trevor Insley (Nevada) 1151

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Corey Alston (Western Michigan) 23.8
2. Damon Gibson (Iowa) 22.4
3. Kevin Drake (Alabama-Birmingham) 21.7
4. Jim McElroy* (UCLA) 21.0
5. Joe Jurevicius (Penn State) 20.9
6. Kevin Walker (Temple) 20.2
7. Tony Simmons* (Wisconsin) 19.8
8. E.G. Green (Florida State) 19.6
9. Derrick Steagall (Georgia Tech) 19.5
10. Trevor Insley (Nevada) 19.5

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Ricky Williams (Texas) 2043
2. Ahman Green (Nebraska) 1982
3. Troy Edwards (Louisiana Tech) 1897
4. Tavian Banks (Iowa) 1839
5. Randy Moss* (Marshall) 1822
6. Amos Zereoue* (West Virginia) 1720
7. Travis Prentice (Miami (OH)) 1687
8. Skip Hicks* (UCLA) 1671
9. Jamal Lewis (Tennessee) 1630
10. Sedrick Irvin* (Michigan State) 1616

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Randy Moss* (Marshall) 26
  Skip Hicks* (UCLA) 26
3. Travis Prentice (Miami (OH)) 25
  Ricky Williams (Texas) 25
5. Ahman Green (Nebraska) 22
6. Chris McCoy (Navy) 20
  Curtis Enis (Penn State) 20
8. Tavian Banks (Iowa) 19
  Scott Frost (Nebraska) 19
  Chris Lemon (Nevada) 19

Punt Return Yards Per Return

1. Tim Dwight (Iowa) 19.3
2. Tony Collins (Iowa) 18.2
3. R.W. McQuarters (Oklahoma State) 16.3
4. Steve Smith (Utah State) 15.6
5. Tinker Keck* (Cincinnati) 15.2
6. Dee Feaster (Florida State) 15.0
7. Quinton Spotwood (Syracuse) 14.9
8. Nod Washington (Miami (OH)) 14.7
9. Steve Neal (Western Michigan) 14.6
10. Jacquez Green (Florida) 14.5

Kickoff Return Yards Per Return

1. Kevin Johnson (Syracuse) 36.7
2. Eric Booth* (Southern Mississippi) 34.8
3. Ben Kelly (Colorado) 31.1
4. Pat McGrew (Navy) 29.4
5. Boo Williams (South Carolina) 29.3
6. Allen Rossum (Notre Dame) 28.5
7. Tony Horne* (Clemson) 28.2
8. Ketric Sanford (Houston) 27.9
9. Fernando Bryant (Alabama) 27.7
10. Pat Johnson* (Oregon) 27.2

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Mike Rose* (Purdue) 2
  Efrain Guizar (Fresno State) 2
  Nate Kvamme (Colorado State) 2
  Cedric Donaldson (Louisiana State) 2
  Patrick Brown (Kansas) 2