1998 NCAA Division I-A football season

Last updated
1998 NCAA Division I-A season
Number of teams112
Preseason AP No. 1 Ohio State
Post-season
DurationDecember 19, 1998 –
January 4, 1999
Bowl games 22
Heisman Trophy Ricky Williams (running back, Texas)
Bowl Championship Series
1999 Fiesta Bowl
Site Sun Devil Stadium,
Tempe, Arizona
Champion(s) Tennessee
Division I-A football seasons
  1997
1999  

The 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season, play of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I-A level, began in late summer 1998 and culminated with the major bowl games in early January 1999. It was the first season of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), which saw the Tennessee Volunteers win the national championship, one year after star quarterback Peyton Manning left for the National Football League (NFL). Tennessee defeated the Florida State Seminoles, 23–16, in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, to secure the inaugural BCS National Championship.

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The BCS combined elements of the old Bowl Coalition and the Bowl Alliance it replaced. The agreement existed between the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, and Orange bowl games, with the Cotton Bowl Classic diminishing in status since the breakup of the Southwest Conference. Like the Bowl Alliance, a national championship game would rotate between the four bowls, with the top two teams facing each other. These teams were chosen based upon a BCS poll, combining the AP Poll, the Coaches Poll, and a computer component. The computer factored in things such as strength of schedule, margin of victory, and quality wins without taking into account time (in other words, a loss early in the season and a loss late in the season were on equal footing). Like the Bowl Coalition, the BCS bowls not hosting the national championship game would retain their traditional conference tie-ins.

The first run of the Bowl Championship Series was not without controversy as Kansas State finished third in the final BCS standings, but was not invited to a BCS bowl game. Ohio State (ranked 4th) and two-loss Florida (8th) received the at-large bids instead. Also, Tulane went undefeated, but finished 10th in the BCS standings and was not invited to a BCS bowl because of their low strength of schedule.

Rule changes

The following rule changes were adopted by the NCAA Rules Committee during their 1998 meeting: [1]

Conference and program changes

With no teams upgrading from Division I-AA, the number of Division I-A schools was fixed at 112.

School1997 Conference1998 Conference
Army Cadets I-A Independent Conference USA

Conference standings

1998 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Florida State $+ 71    112 
No. 9 Georgia Tech + 71    102 
No. 18 Virginia  62    93 
North Carolina  53    75 
NC State  53    75 
Duke  26    47 
Wake Forest  26    38 
Clemson  17    38 
Maryland  17    38 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern Division
No. 10 Kansas State x 80    112 
No. 19 Nebraska  53    94 
No. 21 Missouri  53    84 
Colorado  44    84 
Kansas  17    47 
Iowa State  17    38 
Southern Division
No. 11 Texas A&M x$ 71    113 
No. 15 Texas  62    93 
Texas Tech  44    75 
Oklahoma State  35    56 
Oklahoma  35    56 
Baylor  17    29 
Championship: Texas A&M 36, Kansas State 33 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Big East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 25 Syracuse $ 61    84 
No. 20 Miami (FL)  52    93 
No. 23 Virginia Tech  52    93 
West Virginia  52    84 
Boston College  34    47 
Rutgers  25    56 
Temple  25    29 
Pittsburgh  07    29 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Ohio State %+ 71    111 
No. 6 Wisconsin $+ 71    111 
No. 12 Michigan + 71    103 
No. 24 Purdue  62    94 
No. 17 Penn State  53    93 
Michigan State  44    66 
Minnesota  26    56 
Indiana  26    47 
Illinois  26    38 
Iowa  26    38 
Northwestern  08    39 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Big West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Idaho $ 41    93 
Nevada  32    65 
North Texas  32    38 
Boise State  23    65 
Utah State  23    38 
New Mexico State  14    38 
  • $ Conference champion
1998 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 Tulane $ 60    120 
Southern Miss  51    75 
Louisville  42    75 
East Carolina  33    65 
Army  24    38 
Houston  24    38 
Cincinnati  15    29 
Memphis  15    29 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Marshall xy$ 71    121 
Miami x 71    101 
Bowling Green  53    56 
Ohio  53    56 
Akron  36    47 
Kent State  08    011 
West Division
Toledo x 62    75 
Western Michigan  53    74 
Central Michigan  53    65 
Eastern Michigan  36    38 
Northern Illinois  26    29 
Ball State  17    110 
Championship: Marshall 23, Toledo 17
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
1998 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 UCLA $ 80    102 
No. 4 Arizona  71    121 
Oregon  53    84 
USC  53    85 
Washington  44    66 
Arizona State  44    56 
California  35    56 
Oregon State  26    56 
Stanford  26    38 
Washington State  08    38 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Eastern Division
No. 1 Tennessee x$# 80    130 
No. 5 Florida % 71    102 
No. 14 Georgia  62    93 
Kentucky  44    75 
Vanderbilt  17    29 
South Carolina  08    110 
Western Division
Mississippi State xy 62    85 
No. 16 Arkansas x 62    93 
Alabama  44    75 
Ole Miss  35    75 
LSU  26    47 
Auburn  17    38 
Championship: Tennessee 24, Mississippi State 14
    1. BCS National Champion
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Mountain Division
No. 13 Air Force x$ 71    121 
Wyoming  62    83 
Colorado State  53    84 
Rice  53    56 
TCU  44    75 
Tulsa  26    47 
SMU  11    01 
UNLV  08    011 
Pacific Division
BYU xy 71    95 
San Diego State x 71    75 
Utah  53    74 
Fresno State  53    56 
San Jose State  35    48 
UTEP  35    38 
New Mexico  17    39 
Hawaii  08    012 
Championship: Air Force 20, BYU 13
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
UCF      92 
No. 22 Notre Dame      93 
Louisiana Tech      66 
Northeast Louisiana      56 
UAB      47 
Arkansas State      48 
Navy      38 
Southwestern Louisiana      29 
Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl games

BowlSite
Fiesta Bowl #1 Tennessee 23#2 Florida State 16Tempe, AZ
Sugar Bowl #4 Ohio State 24#8 Texas A&M 14New Orleans, LA
Orange Bowl #7 Florida 31#18 Syracuse 10Miami, FL
Rose Bowl #9 Wisconsin 38#6 UCLA 31Pasadena, CA
Cotton Bowl Classic #20 Texas 38#25 Mississippi State 11Dallas, TX
Peach Bowl #19 Georgia 35#13 Virginia 33Atlanta, GA
Florida Citrus Bowl #15 Michigan 45#11 Arkansas 31Orlando, FL
Outback Bowl #22 Penn State 26 Kentucky 15Tampa, FL
Gator Bowl #12 Georgia Tech 35#17 Notre Dame 28Jacksonville, FL
MicronPC Bowl #24 Miami (FL) 46 NC State 23Miami, FL
Sun Bowl TCU 28 USC 19El Paso, TX
Alamo Bowl Purdue 37#3 Kansas State 34San Antonio, TX
Insight.com Bowl #23 Missouri 34 West Virginia 31Tempe, AZ
Holiday Bowl #5 Arizona 23#14 Nebraska 20San Diego, CA
Liberty Bowl #10 Tulane 41 BYU 27Memphis, TN
Aloha Bowl Colorado 51#21 Oregon 43Honolulu, HI
Oahu Bowl #16 Air Force 45 Washington 25Honolulu, HI
Independence Bowl Mississippi 35 Texas Tech 18Shreveport, LA
Music City Bowl Virginia Tech 38 Alabama 7Nashville, TN
Las Vegas Bowl North Carolina 20 San Diego State 13Las Vegas, NV
Motor City Bowl Marshall 48 Louisville 29Detroit, MI
Humanitarian Bowl Idaho 42 Southern Mississippi 35Boise, ID

Rankings are from the AP Poll.

Final polls

Heisman Trophy voting

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the

Most Outstanding Player of the year
Winner: Ricky Williams, Texas, Running Back (2335 points)

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References

  1. "NCAA Rules Changes 1998".[ permanent dead link ]