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1998 NCAA Division I-A football season

1998 NCAA Division I-A season
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SEC and National Championship rings for the 1998 season Tennessee Volunteers
Number of teams 112
Preseason AP #1 Ohio State Buckeyes
Post-season
Duration December 19, 1998 –
January 4, 1999
Bowl games 22
Heisman Trophy Ricky Williams, Texas
Championship bowl game
1999 Fiesta Bowl
Site Sun Devil Stadium,
Tempe, Arizona
Winner Tennessee Volunteers
Division I-A football seasons
← 1997
1999 →

The 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season was the first of the Bowl Championship Series, which saw Tennessee win the national championship, one year after star quarterback Peyton Manning left for the NFL. The Volunteers defeated the Florida State Seminoles 23-16 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona to secure the inaugural BCS National Championship.

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 Bowls, 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 third 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 in October and a loss in November were on equal footing).

However, like the Bowl Coalition, the bowls not hosting the national championship would retain their traditional 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 strength of schedule.

Army broke away from almost one hundred years of tradition as an independent, joining Conference USA.

Rule changes

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

  • Defensive players are allowed to recover and advance backward passes. Previously the defense was only allowed to recover but not advance backward passes.
  • Illegal touching of a forward pass by an ineligible receiver is a five-yard penalty from the previous spot but no loss-of-down.
  • Defensive players may not rough an offensive player in position to receive a backward pass (i.e. trail man on option play).
  • Standardized uniform recognition regarding memorializing of deceased or severely ill teammates/coaches.
  • Eyeshields must be clear.

Conference standings

1998 ACC football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #9 Georgia Tech §
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This page is a soft redirect. #18 Virginia
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This page is a soft redirect. North Carolina
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This page is a soft redirect. NC State
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This page is a soft redirect. Duke
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This page is a soft redirect. Wake Forest
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This page is a soft redirect. Clemson
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This page is a soft redirect. Maryland
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Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Big East football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #25 [[Syracuse Orange football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. #20 Miami (FL)
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This page is a soft redirect. #23 Virginia Tech
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This page is a soft redirect. West Virginia
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This page is a soft redirect. Boston College
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Rutgers Scarlet Knights football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Temple Owls football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. Pittsburgh
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† – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Big Ten football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #2 Ohio State §
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This page is a soft redirect. #6 Wisconsin §
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This page is a soft redirect. #12 Michigan §
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This page is a soft redirect. #24 Purdue
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This page is a soft redirect. #17 Penn State
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This page is a soft redirect. Michigan State
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This page is a soft redirect. Minnesota
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This page is a soft redirect. Indiana
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This page is a soft redirect. Illinois
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This page is a soft redirect. Iowa
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This page is a soft redirect. Northwestern
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‡ – BCS at-large representative
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Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Big 12 football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #19 Nebraska
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This page is a soft redirect. #21 Missouri
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This page is a soft redirect. Colorado
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This page is a soft redirect. Iowa State
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This page is a soft redirect. Southern Division
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This page is a soft redirect. #11 Texas A&M x
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This page is a soft redirect. #15 Texas
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This page is a soft redirect. Texas Tech
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This page is a soft redirect. Oklahoma State
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This page is a soft redirect. Baylor
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This page is a soft redirect.Championship: Texas A&M 36, Kansas State 33 
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Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Big West Conference football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. Idaho
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Nevada Wolf Pack football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[North Texas Mean Green football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Boise State Broncos football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Utah State Aggies football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[New Mexico State Aggies football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Conference USA football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #7 Tulane
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Southern Miss Golden Eagles football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. Louisville
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This page is a soft redirect. East Carolina
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Army Black Knights football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Houston Cougars football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. Memphis
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† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Mid-American Conference football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. East Division
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This page is a soft redirect. Marshall xy
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Bowling Green Falcons football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Ohio Bobcats football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Akron Zips football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Kent State Golden Flashes football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Kent State]]
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This page is a soft redirect. West Division
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Toledo Rockets football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Toledo]] x
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Western Michigan Broncos football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Western Michigan]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Central Michigan Chippewas football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Eastern Michigan Eagles football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. Northern Illinois
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Ball State Cardinals football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Ball State]]
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This page is a soft redirect.Championship: Marshall 23, Toledo 17
† – Conference champion
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y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Pacific-10 football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #8 UCLA
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This page is a soft redirect. #4 Arizona
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This page is a soft redirect. Oregon
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This page is a soft redirect. USC
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This page is a soft redirect. Washington
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This page is a soft redirect. Arizona State
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This page is a soft redirect. California
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This page is a soft redirect. Oregon State
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This page is a soft redirect. Stanford
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This page is a soft redirect. Washington State
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Rankings from AP Poll
1998 SEC football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. Eastern Division
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This page is a soft redirect. #1 Tennessee x#
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This page is a soft redirect. #5 Florida
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This page is a soft redirect. #14 Georgia
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This page is a soft redirect. Kentucky
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This page is a soft redirect. Vanderbilt
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This page is a soft redirect. South Carolina
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This page is a soft redirect. Western Division
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This page is a soft redirect. Mississippi State xy
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This page is a soft redirect. #16 Arkansas x
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This page is a soft redirect. Alabama
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This page is a soft redirect. Ole Miss
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This page is a soft redirect. LSU
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This page is a soft redirect. Auburn
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This page is a soft redirect.Championship: Tennessee 24, Mississippi State 14
# – BCS National Champion
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Rankings from AP Poll
1998 WAC football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. Mountain Division
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This page is a soft redirect. #13 [[Air Force Falcons football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Colorado State Rams football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Rice Owls football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. TCU
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Tulsa Golden Hurricane football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. SMU
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This page is a soft redirect. [[UNLV Rebels football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. Pacific Division
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This page is a soft redirect. [[BYU Cougars#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. Fresno State
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This page is a soft redirect. [[UTEP Miners football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[New Mexico Lobos football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect.Championship: Air Force 20, BYU 13
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Rankings from AP Poll
1998 Division I-A independents football records
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This page is a soft redirect. UCF
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This page is a soft redirect. #22 Notre Dame
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Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl games

Bowl Site
Fiesta Bowl #1 Tennessee 23 #2 Florida State 16 Tempe, AZ
Sugar Bowl #4 Ohio State 24 #8 Texas A&M 14 New Orleans, LA
Orange Bowl #7 Florida 31 #18 Syracuse 10 Miami, FL
Rose Bowl #9 Wisconsin 38 #6 UCLA 31 Pasadena, CA
Cotton Bowl Classic #20 Texas 38 #25 Mississippi State 11 Dallas, TX
Peach Bowl #19 Georgia 35 #13 Virginia 33 Atlanta, GA
Florida Citrus Bowl #15 Michigan 45 #11 Arkansas 31 Orlando, FL
Outback Bowl #22 Penn State 26 Kentucky 15 Tampa, FL
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#12 Georgia Tech 35 #17 Notre Dame 28 Jacksonville, FL
[[1998 MicronPC Bowl#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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#24 Miami (FL) 46 NC State 23 Miami, FL
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TCU 28 USC 19 El Paso, TX
Alamo Bowl Purdue 37 #3 Kansas State 34 San Antonio, TX
Insight.com Bowl #23 Missouri 34 West Virginia 31 Tempe, AZ
Holiday Bowl #5 Arizona 23 #14 Nebraska 20 San Diego, CA
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#10 Tulane 41 [[BYU Cougars#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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27 Memphis, TN
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Colorado 51 #21 Oregon 43 Honolulu, HI
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45 Washington 25 Honolulu, HI
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Mississippi 35 Texas Tech 18 Shreveport, LA
Music City Bowl Virginia Tech 38 Alabama 7 Nashville, TN
Las Vegas Bowl North Carolina 20 [[San Diego State Aztecs football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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13 Las Vegas, NV
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Marshall 48 Louisville 29 Detroit, MI
Humanitarian Bowl Idaho 42 [[Southern Miss Golden Eagles football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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35 Boise, 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)

Other major awards

References