Joe Novak (2nd year)
| 0–11 (0–8 MAC)|
| Mid-American Conference|
1997 Northern Illinois Huskies football team Wikipedia
The 1997 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University. The Huskies competed in the highest division of football, Division I-A. They were led by second year head coach Joe Novak and they played their home games at Huskie Stadium.