These were the biggest shockers of 1997.
1. Oklahoma 36, Syracuse 34. A week after losing in overtime to North Carolina State, the Orangemen wilted in the late summer heat of Norman on Sept 6. They stayed limp the following week, losing 31-3 to Virginia Tech and falling to 1-3, before reviving to win the rest of their games.
2. TCU 21, SMU 18. The Horned Frogs' Nov. 20 victory prevented them from going winless and knocked the Mustangs out of the bowl picture.
3. E. Manning 5, P. Manning 2. In a friendly game of six-on-six touch in Knoxville, Tenn., last summer, Peyton's side lost, five touchdowns to two, to a team led by his brother Eli, a junior at Isidore Newman in New Orleans. The early line on Eli is that he'll mend fences for father Archie and sign with Ole Miss in February 1999.
Every time I came to the sideline, I had five guys coming up to me, apologizing.
—Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig, referring to his offensive linemen after Florida had sacked him nine times in a 24-10 Gators victory on Oct. 18.
He said he went brain dead.
—Big East supervisor of officials Dan Wooldridge, on the reason given by linesman Gordon Geyer for incorrectly telling Boston College coach Tom O'Brien that the Eagles had to go for two points at the end of the second overtime against Miami on Oct. 18. O'Brien says he knew Geyer was wrong but went for two anyway. B.C. failed and lost 45-44. Geyer served a one-game suspension.