1998 Tulane Green Wave football team

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1998 Tulane Green Wave football
Tulane Green Wave Wordmark.jpg
Conference USA Champions
Liberty Bowl champions
1998 Liberty Bowl vs. BYU, Won 41–27
Conference Conference USA
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #7
1998 record 12–0 (6–0 C-USA)
Head coach Tommy Bowden (Regular season)
Chris Scelfo (bowl game)
Offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez
Home stadium Louisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 69,028)
Seasons
« 1997 1999 »
1998 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Tulane   6 0         12 0  
Southern Miss   5 1         7 5  
Louisville   4 2         7 5  
East Carolina   3 3         6 5  
Army   2 4         3 8  
Houston   2 4         3 8  
Cincinnati   1 5         2 9  
Memphis   1 5         2 9  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1998 Tulane Green Wave football team represented Tulane University in the 1998 college football season. The Green Wave finished with a record of 12 wins and no losses, one of only two NCAA Division 1-A teams to complete the season undefeated, the other being the BCS champion Tennessee Volunteers.

Despite finishing undefeated, the Green Wave were not considered for a BCS game, let alone a berth in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl--that year's national title game--because it was felt they had not played a legitimate schedule. They did not play a single ranked team all season, and the only AQ conference member on their schedule was a Rutgers team that finished tied for sixth in the Big East. They defeated Brigham Young University in the Liberty Bowl. The Green Wave finished the season ranked seventh in the nation in both the AP Poll and Coaches' Poll--in both cases, their highest rankings in school history.

The Green Wave won all of their games by six points or more. The combined 538 points set a single-season school record.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 6:00 PM at Cincinnati Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH W 52–34   20,721
September 12 7:00 PM at SMU* Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 31–21   12,316
September 26 2:30 PM Navy* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA W 42–24   19,371
October 3 2:30 PM Southern Miss #25 Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Battle for the Bell) W 21–7   32,527
October 17 2:30 PM Louisvilledagger #24 Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA FSN W 28–22   26,217
October 24 11:00 AM at Rutgers* #22 Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 52–24   20,714
October 31 2:30 PM SW Louisiana* #19 Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 72–20   25,177
November 7 1:00 PM at Memphis #15 Liberty BowlMemphis, TN W 41–31   18,192
November 14 12:00 PM at Army #14 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY W 49–35   39,083
November 21 2:30 PM Houston #12 Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA FSN W 48–20   26,978
November 26 2:30 PM Louisiana Tech* #11 Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 63–30   37,391
December 31 12:30 PM vs. BYU* #10 Liberty BowlMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) ESPN W 41–27   52,197
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Team
Shaun King Quarterback 2 50 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Notre Dame has been treated well during the BCS era, ESPN, March 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "Tulane University - 1998". College Football Reference. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  3. ^ "1998 Season in Review". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1999.htm