|Division Eastern Division|
Head coach Hal Mumme (1st year)
Offensive scheme Air raid
|1997 record 5–6 (2–6 SEC)|
Offensive coordinator Mike Leach (1st year)
|Conference Southeastern Conference|
The 1997 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. They participated as members of the Southeastern Conference in the Eastern Division. They played their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. The team was coached by Hal Mumme.