1997 NAIA football season
The 1997 NAIA football season, as part of the 1997 college football season in the United States, was the 42nd season of college football sponsored by the NAIA. It was the first season after 27 season of the NAIA's two-division structure.
|1997 NAIA Division I football season|
|Regular season||August–November 1997|
|Postseason||November 18–December 20, 1997|
|National Championship||Jim Carroll Stadium|
|Player of the Year||Bo Hurley|
The season was played from August to November 1997, culminating in the 1997 NAIA Football National Championship, played this year on December 20, 1997 at Jim Carroll Stadium in Savannah, Tennessee.
|Heart of America||Benedictine
|Mid-States||Mideast Division: Geneva
Midwest Division: Findlay
|South Dakota-Iowa||Sioux Falls||—|
The 1997 Linfield vs. Willamette football game was played between the Linfield Wildcats and the Willamette Bearcats played on October 18, 1997. The game was played at McCulloch Stadium in Salem, Oregon. Willamette won the game by a score of 27 to 0. During the game, Liz Heaston became the first woman to not only play but also to score in a college football game.
November 18, 1997
December 6, 1997
December 13, 1997
December 20, 1997