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Encyclopedia > 1998 Division 1A Football Season

The 1998 Division IA football season was the first of the Bowl Championship Series, which crowned Tennessee its national champion, the school's first since the 1950s and one year after mega star quarterback Peyton Manning left for the NFL. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... For other uses of the abbreviation BCS, please see BCS (disambiguation). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Peyton Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


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 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). The Bowl Coalition was an agreement among college football bowl games for the purpose of trying to match the top two teams in a national championship bowl game and to provide quality bowl game matchups for the champions of its member conferences. ... The Bowl Alliance was an agreement among college football bowl games for the purpose of trying to match the top two teams in a national championship bowl game and to provide quality bowl game matchups for the champions of its member conferences. ... The Southwest Conference (SWC) was a college athletic conference in the United States, now defunct. ...


However, like the Bowl Coalition, the bowls not hosting the national championship would retain their traditional tie-ins.


Army broke away from almost one hundred years of tradition as an independent, joining Conference USA Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference which is now in the Southern United States. ...

Contents


Final Conference Standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Conference Champion

Atlantic Coast Conference

Conference Overall
W L PF PA W L PF PA
Florida St. 7 1 283 88 11 2 401 161
Georgia Tech 7 1 297 200 10 2 426 295
Virginia 6 2 218 166 9 3 358 247
N.C. State 5 3 241 225 7 5 366 352
North Carolina 5 3 195 210 7 5 288 283
Duke 2 6 128 263 4 7 229 319
Wake Forest 2 6 182 249 3 8 235 335
Clemson 1 7 157 216 3 8 218 272
Maryland 1 7 129 213 3 8 202 290

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...

Big East Conference

Conference Overall
W L PF PA W L PF PA
Syracuse 6 1 317 148 8 4 478 300
Miami-FL 5 2 235 175 9 3 448 298
Virginia Tech 5 2 195 103 9 3 381 149
West Virginia 5 2 231 134 8 4 410 267
Boston College 3 4 147 165 4 7 273 311
Rutgers 2 5 112 270 5 6 206 376
Temple 2 5 100 226 2 9 198 360
Pittsburgh 7 128 244 2 9 234 334

The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of sixteen universities in the northeastern, southeastern and midwestern United States. ...

Big Ten Conference

Conference Overall
W L PF PA W L PF PA
Ohio St. 7 1 288 99 11 1 430 144
Wisconsin 7 1 221 91 11 1 382 143
Michigan 7 1 159 93 10 3 359 235
Purdue 6 2 304 158 9 4 444 276
Penn St. 5 3 189 147 9 3 317 183
Michigan St. 4 4 223 193 6 6 336 294
Minnesota 2 6 157 214 5 6 229 249
Indiana 2 6 125 230 4 7 245 305
Illinois 2 6 79 251 3 8 149 326
Iowa 2 6 114 225 3 8 172 287
Northwestern 8 93 251 3 9 214 337

Big Ten Conference The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest college athletic conference. ...

Big 12 Conference

Conference Overall
North W L PF PA W L PF PA
Kansas St. 8 1 375 146 11 2 610 197
Nebraska 5 3 210 139 9 4 403 206
Missouri 5 3 214 156 8 4 334 236
Colorado 4 4 155 169 8 4 302 253
Kansas 1 7 155 269 4 7 280 341
Iowa St. 1 7 135 288 3 8 221 328
Conference Overall
South W L PF PA W L PF PA
Texas A&M 8 1 227 145 11 3 335 214
Texas 6 2 243 220 9 3 437 337
Texas Tech 4 4 198 189 7 5 315 255
Oklahoma 3 5 125 198 5 6 184 229
Oklahoma St. 3 5 197 218 5 6 303 296
Baylor 1 7 142 239 2 9 195 323
Big 12 championship game: Texas A&M beat Kansas St., 36-33 (Dec. 5).

The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of twelve schools located in the central United States. ...

Big West Conference

Conference Overall
W L PF PA W L PF PA
Idaho 4 1 162 162 9 3 392 317
Nevada 3 2 202 143 6 5 371 316
North Texas 3 2 117 114 3 8 173 297
Boise St. 2 3 157 176 6 5 329 350
Utah St. 2 3 108 135 3 8 237 309
New Mexico St. 1 4 168 184 3 8 331 424

The Big West Conference (BWC) is an NCAA-affiliated Division I major college athletic conference that formerly sponsored Division I-A American football. ...

Conference USA

Conference Overall
W L PF PA W L PF PA
Tulane 6 239 149 12 540 295
Southern Miss. 5 1 207 80 7 5 384 238
Louisville 4 2 238 203 7 5 473 435
East Carolina 3 3 171 215 6 5 274 297
Army 2 4 171 199 3 8 257 325
Houston 2 4 175 196 3 8 254 317
Cincinnati 1 5 161 259 2 9 259 456
Memphis 1 5 152 213 2 9 226 340

Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference which is now in the Southern United States. ...

Mid-American Conference

Conference Overall
Eastern W L PF PA W L PF PA
Marshall 8 1 262 147 12 1 405 236
Miami-OH 7 1 249 119 10 1 317 142
Bowling Green 5 3 258 189 5 6 292 312
Ohio 5 3 224 203 5 6 269 303
Akron 3 6 230 236 4 7 265 299
Kent 8 112 336 11 149 454
Conference Overall
Western W L PF PA W L PF PA
Toledo 6 3 181 124 7 5 229 216
Western Michigan 5 3 276 229 7 4 360 312
Central Michigan 5 3 187 163 6 5 229 253
Eastern Michigan 3 6 186 237 3 8 216 309
Northern Illinois 2 6 126 194 2 9 160 329
Ball St. 1 7 116 230 1 10 150 343

The Mid-American Conference is a College Athletic Conference whose members are located mainly in the Midwestern United States; nine of the schools are in Ohio and Michigan alone. ...

Pacific 10 Conference

Conference Overall
W L PF PA W L PF PA
UCLA 8 309 198 10 2 476 340
Arizona 7 1 274 176 12 1 439 236
Oregon 5 3 291 234 8 4 473 328
USC 5 3 245 160 8 5 346 241
Washington 4 4 198 221 6 6 303 343
Arizona St. 4 4 284 269 5 6 333 338
California 3 5 153 205 5 6 183 251
Oregon St. 2 6 191 252 5 6 286 291
Stanford 2 6 184 261 3 8 261 365
Washington St. 8 146 299 3 8 223 349

The Pacific Ten Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. ...

Southeastern Conference

Conference Overall
Eastern W L PF PA W L PF PA
Tennessee 9 0 295 120 13 431 189
Florida 7 1 246 112 10 2 380 165
Georgia 6 2 166 156 9 3 292 222
Kentucky 4 4 266 281 7 5 431 375
Vanderbilt 1 7 66 290 2 9 142 369
South Carolina 8 129 258 1 10 207 330
Conference Overall
Western W L PF PA W L PF PA
Arkansas 6 2 254 139 9 3 390 227
Mississippi St. 6 3 249 164 8 5 350 256
Alabama 4 4 153 176 7 5 251 287
Mississippi 3 5 137 188 7 5 280 274
LSU 2 6 206 214 4 7 337 279
Auburn 1 7 124 193 3 8 166 235
SEC championship game: Tennessee beat Mississippi St., 24-14 (Dec. 5).

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference which operates in the southeastern United States. ...

Western Athletic Conference

Conference Overall
Pacific W L PF PA W L PF PA
San Diego St. 7 1 194 128 7 5 243 244
BYU 7 2 265 176 9 5 402 290
Utah 5 3 246 162 7 4 339 227
Fresno St. 5 3 192 135 5 6 265 225
San Jose St. 3 5 210 235 4 8 274 385
UTEP 3 5 173 204 3 8 226 305
New Mexico 1 7 164 286 3 9 274 397
Hawaii 8 105 280 12 149 422
Conference Overall
Mountain W L PF PA W L PF PA
Air Force 8 1 297 146 12 1 468 185
Wyoming 6 2 165 171 8 3 222 215
Colorado St. 5 3 235 163 8 4 345 263
Rice 5 3 181 154 5 6 235 257
TCU 4 4 180 169 7 5 267 235
SMU 4 4 122 114 5 7 225 248
Tulsa 2 6 117 180 4 7 222 258
UNLV 8 122 265 11 156 389
WAC championship game: Air Force beat BYU, 20-13 (Dec. 5).

The Western Athletic Conference (commonly referred to as the WAC, pronounced whack) was formed in 1962, making it the sixth oldest of the 11 College Athletic Conferences currently affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I-A. The WAC covers a broad expanse of the western United States, with member institutions...

I-A Independents

W L PF PA
Central Florida 9 2 393 209
Notre Dame 9 3 328 248
Louisiana Tech 6 6 493 402
NE Louisiana 5 6 227 322
Ala.-Birmingham 4 7 237 308
Arkansas St. 4 8 216 385
Navy 3 8 255 376
SW Louisiana 2 9 199 453

Bowl Games

Main article: D1A Bowl Games, 1998-99

The Fiesta Bowl, now sponsored by Tostitos tortilla chips (a Frito-Lay product), is a United States college football game played annually since 1971 in Tempe, Arizona, hosted by Arizona State Universitys Sun Devil Stadium. ... The Sugar Bowl is an annual American college football game traditionally played in New Orleans, Louisiana on New Years Day. ... The Orange Bowl is an annual college football game that is usually played on January 1 in Miami, Florida. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... The Cotton Bowl Classic is a United States college football bowl game played annually since 1937 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. ... The former logo of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, then known as the Peach Bowl. ... The Capital One Bowl is an annual college football game played in Orlando, Florida at the Citrus Bowl, and previously known as the Tangerine Bowl (1947-1982) and the Florida Citrus Bowl (1983-2002). ... Outback Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. ... The Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. ... The Champs Sports Bowl is an annual college football game that is played in Orlando, Florida. ... Sun Bowl is an annual college football game that is played usually at the end of December in El Paso, Texas. ... The Alamo Bowl is a major post-season United States college football bowl game played annually since 1993 in the 65,000-seat Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Insight Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college American football bowl game played in Arizona since 1989. ... The Holiday Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game that has been played annually at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, since 1978. ... The Liberty Bowl is an annual college football game played in December of each year since 1959. ... The Aloha Classic is a now_defunct National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I_A college football bowl game played in Honolulu, Hawaii at Aloha Stadium. ... The Oahu Classic is a now defunct National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A college football bowl game played in Honolulu, Hawaii at Aloha Stadium. ... The Independence Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game that is played annually at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, so named because it was inaugurated in the United States bicentennial year, 1976. ... The Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, since 1992. ... The Motor City Bowl is a major post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually since 1997. ... The MPC Computers Bowl (formerly the Humanitarian Bowl) is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game that has been played annually at 30,000-seat Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, since 1997. ...

Final AP Poll

Team Final Record Points
1. Tennessee (70) 13-0 1750
2. Ohio St. 11-1 1673
3. Florida St. 11-2 1574
4. Arizona 12-1 1535
5. Florida 10-2 1463
6. Wisconsin 11-1 1427
7. Tulane 12-0 1252
8. UCLA 10-2 1123
9. Georgia Tech 10-2 1122
10. Kansas St. 11-2 1086
11. Texas A&M 11-3 1071
12. Michigan 10-3 1052
13. Air Force 12-1 980
14. Georgia 9-3 785
15. Texas 9-3 740
16. Arkansas 9-3 621
17. Penn St. 9-3 619
18. Virginia 9-3 544
19. Nebraska 9-4 454
20. Miami-FL 9-3 426
21. Missouri 8-4 335
22. Notre Dame 9-3 315
23. Virginia Tech 9-3 256
24. Purdue 9-4 236
25. Syracuse 8-4 161

Others recieving votes: 26. Colorado 46 points, 27. Marshall 45 pts, 28. Oregon 28 pts,29. Mississippi St. 10 pts,30. Miami-OH 9 pts, 31. West Virginia 6 pts, 32. Idaho 2 pts and TCU 2 pts, 34. Mississippi 1 pt and USC 1 pt.


Heisman Trophy Voting

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, named after former college football player and coach John W. Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football and is given annually to the top player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). ...


Most Oustanding Player of the year
Winner: Ricky Williams, Texas, Running Back (2335 points) Errick Lynne Williams, Jr. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ...

  • 2. Michael Bishop, Kansas St. (792 points)
  • 3. Cade McNown, UCLA (696 points)
  • 4. Tim Couch, Kentucky (527 points)
  • 5. Donovan McNabb, Syracuse (232 points)

Other Major Awards

Preceded by:
1997 Division 1A Football Season
D1A Seasons
1998
Succeeded by:
1999 Division 1A Football Season

 
 

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