1998 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls and one formulaic ranking make up the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), does not bestow a National Championship title for Division I-A football. That title is primarily bestowed by different polling agencies. There are several polls that currently exist. The main weekly polls are the AP Poll and Coaches Poll. The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings made their debut in 1998, and began being released about halfway through the season.

Legend[edit]

  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  Selected for BCS National Championship Game
(#–#)
  Win-loss record
(Italics)
  Number of first place votes
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Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP poll[edit]

Preseason
Preseason[1]
Week 1
Sep 7[2]
Week 2
Sep 14[3]
Week 3
Sep 21[4]
Week 4
Sep 28[5]
Week 5
Oct 5[6]
Week 6
Oct 12[7]
Week 7
Oct 19[8]
Week 8
Oct 26[9]
Week 9
Nov 2[10]
Week 10
Nov 9[11]
Week 11
Nov 16[12]
Week 12
Nov 23[13]
Week 13
Nov 30[14]
Week 14
Dec 7[15]
Week 15 (Final)
Final[16]
1. Ohio State (30) Ohio State (1-0) (39) Ohio State (2-0) (57) Ohio State (3-0) (64) Ohio State (3-0) (58) Ohio State (4-0) (66) Ohio State (5-0) (64) Ohio State (6-0) (64) Ohio State (7-0) (64) Ohio State (8-0) (63) Tennessee (8-0) (46) Tennessee (9-0) (37) Tennessee (10-0) (42) Tennessee (11-0) (41) Tennessee (12-0) (70) Tennessee (13-0) (70) 1.
2. Florida State (22) Florida State (1-0) (22) Florida (2-0) (9) Nebraska (3-0) (1) Nebraska (4-0) (7) Nebraska (5-0) (1) UCLA (4-0) (1) UCLA (5-0) (1) UCLA (6-0) (1) Tennessee (7-0) (3) Kansas State (9-0) (19) Kansas State (10-0) (29) Kansas State (11-0) (24) Kansas State (11-0) (24) Florida State (11-1) Ohio State (11-1) 2.
3. Florida (5) Florida (1-0) (4) Nebraska (3-0) (1) UCLA (2-0) (1) Tennessee (3-0) (2) UCLA (3-0) (1) Tennessee (5-0) (3) Tennessee (5-0) (3) Tennessee (6-0) (3) UCLA (7-0) (1) UCLA (8-0) (4) UCLA (9-0) (4) UCLA (10-0) (4) UCLA (10-0) (3) Ohio State (10-1) Florida State (11-2) 3.
4. Nebraska (4) Nebraska (2-0) (2) UCLA (1-0) (1) Tennessee (2-0) (2) UCLA (2-0) (1) Tennessee (4-0) Kansas State (5-0) (2) Kansas State (6-0) (2) Kansas State (7-0) (2) Kansas State (8-0) (3) Florida (8-1) Florida (9-1) Florida State (11-1) Florida State (11-1) Kansas State (11-1) Arizona (12-1) 4.
5. Michigan (4) Kansas State (1-0) (2) Kansas State (2-0) (2) Kansas State (3-0) (2) Kansas State (4-0) (2) Kansas State (4-0) (2) Florida (5-1) Florida (6-1) Florida State (7-1) Florida (7-1) Florida State (9-1) (1) Florida State (10-1) Ohio State (10-1) Ohio State (10-1) Arizona (11-1) Florida (10-2) 5.
6. Kansas State (2) UCLA (0-0) (1) Tennessee (1-0) LSU (2-0) LSU (3-0) Florida (4-1) Florida State (5-1) Florida State (6-1) Florida (6-1) Florida State (8-1) Texas A&M (9-1) Texas A&M (10-1) Texas A&M (10-1) Arizona (11-1) UCLA (10-1) Wisconsin (11-1) 6.
7. UCLA (1) LSU (0-0) LSU (1-0) Penn State (3-0) Penn State (3-0) Georgia (4-0) Virginia (5-0) Nebraska (6-1) Nebraska (7-1) Texas A&M (8-1) Ohio State (8-1) Ohio State (9-1) Arizona (10-1) Florida (9-2) Florida (9-2) Tulane (12-0) 7.
8. Arizona State (2) Tennessee (1-0) Penn State (2-0) Florida (2-1) Florida (3-1) Florida State (4-1) Nebraska (5-1) Texas A&M (6-1) Texas A&M (7-1) Wisconsin (8-0) Wisconsin (9-0) Arizona (10-1) Florida (9-2) Wisconsin (10-1) Texas A&M (11-2) UCLA (10-2) 8.
9. LSU Penn State (1-0) Washington (1-0) Washington (2-0) Florida State (3-1) Virginia (5-0) Wisconsin (6-0) Wisconsin (7-0) Wisconsin (8-0) Penn State (6-1) Arizona (9-1) Arkansas (8-1) Notre Dame (9-1) Tulane (11-0) Wisconsin (10-1) Georgia Tech (10-2) 9.
10. Tennessee Notre Dame (1-0) Virginia (2-0) Florida State (2-1) Virginia (4-0) Arizona (5-0) Texas A&M (5-1) Penn State (5-1) Penn State (5-1) Arizona (8-1) Arkansas (8-0) Notre Dame (8-1) Wisconsin (10-1) Texas A&M (10-2) Tulane (11-0) Kansas State (11-2) 10.
11. West Virginia Washington (1-0) Florida State (1-1) Virginia (3-0) Syracuse (2-1) LSU (3-1) Oregon (5-0) Georgia (5-1) Georgia (6-1) Arkansas (7-0) Nebraska (8-2) Michigan (8-2) Tulane (10-0) Arkansas (9-2) Arkansas (9-2) Texas A&M (11-3) 11.
12. North Carolina Virginia (1-0) Georgia (2-0) Syracuse (2-1) Georgia (3-0) Wisconsin (5-0) Penn State (4-1) Oregon (5-1) Oregon (6-1) Virginia (7-1) Notre Dame (7-1) Tulane (9-0) Georgia (8-2) Georgia Tech (9-2) Georgia Tech (9-2) Michigan (10-3) 12.
13. Penn State Michigan (0-1) Syracuse (1-1) Georgia (3-0) Wisconsin (4-0) Penn State (3-1) Georgia (4-1) West Virginia (4-1) Arizona (7-1) Notre Dame (6-1) Missouri (7-2) Wisconsin (9-1) Arkansas (8-2) Nebraska (9-3) Virginia (9-2) Air Force (12-1) 13.
14. Texas A&M Arizona State (0-1) Wisconsin (2-0) Wisconsin (3-0) Arizona (4-0) Colorado (5-0) Virginia Tech (5-0) Arizona (6-1) Arkansas (6-0) Nebraska (7-2) Tulane (8-0) Georgia (7-2) Nebraska (8-3) Virginia (9-2) Nebraska (9-3) Georgia (9-3) 14.
15. Colorado State Georgia (1-0) Colorado (2-0) Colorado (3-0) Colorado (4-0) Oregon (4-0) West Virginia (4-1) Arkansas (6-0) Virginia (6-1) Syracuse (5-2) т Michigan (7-2) Oregon (8-2) Michigan (8-3) Michigan (9-3) Michigan (9-3) Texas (9-3) 15.
16. Virginia Colorado (1-0) Arizona (2-0) Arizona (3-0) West Virginia (2-1) West Virginia (3-1) Arizona (5-1) Virginia (5-1) Notre Dame (5-1) Tulane (7-0) т Virginia Tech (7-1) Penn State (7-2) Virginia (8-2) Notre Dame (9-2) Air Force (11-1) Arkansas (9-3) 16.
17. Syracuse Wisconsin (1-0) Texas A&M (1-1) Texas A&M (2-1) Oregon (4-0) Virginia Tech (4-0) Arkansas (5-0) Colorado (6-1) Syracuse (4-2) Virginia Tech (7-1) т Georgia (6-2) Nebraska (8-3) Georgia Tech (8-2) Air Force (10-1) Notre Dame (9-2) Penn State (9-3) 17.
18. Washington Texas A&M (0-1) USC (2-0) USC (3-0) Texas A&M (3-1) Texas A&M (4-1) Notre Dame (4-1) Notre Dame (4-1) Missouri (5-2) Missouri (6-2) Texas (7-2) Virginia (8-2) Air Force (10-1) Syracuse (8-3) Syracuse (8-3) Virginia (9-3) 18.
19. Georgia Syracuse (0-1) West Virginia (0-1) West Virginia (1-1) Virginia Tech (4-0) USC (4-1) Colorado (5-1) Missouri (5-1) Tulane (6-0) Georgia (6-2) Penn State (6-2) Missouri (7-3) Miami (FL) (7-2) Georgia (8-3) Georgia (8-3) Nebraska (9-4) 19.
20. Wisconsin West Virginia (0-1) NC State (2-0) Oregon (3-0) Washington (2-1) Arkansas (4-0) Missouri (4-1) Georgia Tech (5-1) Virginia Tech (6-1) Texas (6-2) Oregon (7-2) Air Force (9-1) Virginia Tech (8-2) Texas (8-3) Texas (8-3) Miami (FL) (9-3) 20.
21. Southern Miss Arizona (1-0) Missouri (2-0) Virginia Tech (3-0) USC (3-1) Missouri (3-1) LSU (3-2) Syracuse (4-2) West Virginia (4-2) Oregon (6-2) Virginia (7-2) Georgia Tech (7-2) Syracuse (7-3) Oregon (8-3) Oregon (8-3) Missouri (8-4) 21.
22. Notre Dame USC (1-0) Oregon (2-0) Alabama (2-0) Arkansas (3-0) Notre Dame (3-1) Texas Tech (6-0) Tulane (5-0) Michigan (5-2) Michigan (6-2) Georgia Tech (6-2) Miami (FL) (6-2) Oregon (8-3) Penn State (8-3) Penn State (8-3) Notre Dame (9-3) 22.
23. Michigan State Texas (1-0) Notre Dame (1-1) Air Force (3-0) т Missouri (2-1) т NC State (3-1) Syracuse (3-2) Virginia Tech (5-1) Georgia Tech (5-2) Georgia Tech (6-2) Air Force (8-1) Virginia Tech (7-2) Penn State (7-3) Mississippi State (8-3) Missouri (7-4) Virginia Tech (9-3) 23.
24. Arizona Oregon (1-0) Alabama (2-0) Notre Dame (1-1) т Notre Dame (2-1) т Syracuse (2-2) Tulane (4-0) Mississippi State (5-1) Colorado (6-2) Miami (FL) (5-2) Miami (FL) (5-2) Syracuse (6-3) Missouri (7-4) Missouri (7-4) Miami (FL) (8-3) Purdue (9-4) 24.
25. Auburn Missouri (1-0) Mississippi State (2-0) Missouri (2-1) Michigan (2-2) Tulane (4-0) Georgia Tech (4-1) Texas Tech (6-1) Miami (FL) (4-2) Air Force (7-1) Wyoming (8-1) Texas (7-3) Mississippi State (7-3) Virginia Tech (8-3) Mississippi State (8-4) Syracuse (8-4) 25.
Preseason
Preseason[1]
Week 1
Sep 7[2]
Week 2
Sep 14[3]
Week 3
Sep 21[4]
Week 4
Sep 28[5]
Week 5
Oct 5[6]
Week 6
Oct 12[7]
Week 7
Oct 19[8]
Week 8
Oct 26[9]
Week 9
Nov 2[10]
Week 10
Nov 9[11]
Week 11
Nov 16[12]
Week 12
Nov 23[13]
Week 13
Nov 30[14]
Week 14
Dec 7[15]
Week 15 (Final)
Final[16]
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • Colorado State
  • Michigan State
  • North Carolina
  • Southern Miss
Dropped:
  • Arizona State
  • Michigan
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • NC State
Dropped:
  • Air Force
  • Alabama
Dropped:
  • Michigan
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • NC State
  • USC
Dropped:
  • LSU
Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • Texas Tech
Dropped:
  • Colorado
  • West Virginia
Dropped:
  • Syracuse
Dropped:
  • Wyoming
Dropped:
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Miami (FL)
Dropped:
  • Virginia Tech
Dropped:
  • Oregon
  • Mississippi State

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

Ranking Team
1 Tennessee
2 Ohio State
3 Florida State
4 Arizona
5 Wisconsin
6 Florida
7 Tulane
8 UCLA
9 Kansas State
10 Air Force
11 Georgia Tech
12 Michigan
13 Texas A&M
14 Georgia
15 Penn State
16 Texas
17 Arkansas
18 Virginia
19 Virginia Tech
20 Nebraska
21 Miami (FL)
22 Notre Dame
23 Purdue
24 Syracuse
25 Missouri

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BCS Standings[edit]

The Bowl Championship Series determined the two teams that competed in the BCS National Championship Game, the 1999 Fiesta Bowl.

Week 8
Oct 26
Week 9
Nov 2
Week 10
Nov 9
Week 11
Nov 16
Week 12
Nov 23
Week 13
Nov 30
Week 14 (Final)
Dec 7
1. UCLA (6-0) Ohio State (8-0) Tennessee (8-0) Tennessee (9-0) Tennessee (10-0) Tennessee (11-0) Tennessee (12-0) 1.
2. Ohio State (7-0) Tennessee (7-0) UCLA (8-0) UCLA (9-0) UCLA (10-0) UCLA (10-0) Florida State (11-1) 2.
3. Tennessee (6-0) UCLA (7-0) Kansas State (9-0) Kansas State (10-0) Kansas State (11-0) Kansas State (11-0) Kansas State (11-1) 3.
4. Kansas State (7-0) Kansas State (8-0) Florida State (9-1) Florida State (10-1) Florida State (11-1) Florida State (11-1) Ohio State (10-1) 4.
5. Florida State (7-1) Florida (7-1) Florida (8-1) Florida (9-1) Texas A&M (10-1) Ohio State (10-1) UCLA (10-1) 5.
6. Nebraska (7-1) Florida State (8-1) Texas A&M (9-1) Texas A&M (10-1) Ohio State (10-1) Arizona (11-1) Texas A&M (11-2) 6.
7. Florida (6-1) Texas A&M (8-1) Arkansas (8-0) Ohio State (9-1) Arizona (10-1) Florida (9-2) Arizona (11-1) 7.
8. Texas A&M (7-1) Wisconsin (8-0) Ohio State (8-1) Arizona (10-1) Florida (9-2) Texas A&M (10-2) Florida (9-2) 8.
9. Wisconsin (8-0) Penn State (6-1) Wisconsin (9-0) Arkansas (8-1) Notre Dame (9-1) Wisconsin (10-1) Wisconsin (10-1) 9.
10. Penn State (5-1) Arizona (8-1) Arizona (9-1) Notre Dame (8-1) Wisconsin (10-1) Tulane (11-0) Tulane (11-0) 10.
11. Oregon (6-1) Arkansas (7-0) Nebraska (8-2) Oregon (8-2) Tulane (10-0) Nebraska (9-3) Nebraska (9-3) 11.
12. Arkansas (6-0) Nebraska (7-2) Notre Dame (7-1) Michigan (7-2) Nebraska (8-3) Georgia Tech (9-2) Virginia (9-2) 12.
13. Georgia (6-1) Notre Dame (6-1) Missouri (7-2) Wisconsin (9-1) Arkansas (8-2) Arkansas (9-2) Arkansas (9-2) 13.
14. Arizona (7-1) Texas (6-2) Oregon (7-2) Nebraska (8-3) Michigan (8-3) Virginia (9-2) Georgia Tech (9-2) 14.
15. Virginia (6-1) Virginia (7-1) Texas (7-2) Georgia (7-2) Georgia (8-2) Syracuse (8-3) Syracuse (8-3) 15.
16. Notre Dame (5-1) Tulane (7-0) Tulane (8-0) Tulane (9-0) Air Force (10-1) 16.
17. Georgia Tech (5-2) Syracuse (5-2) Georgia (6-2) Penn State (7-2) Virginia (8-2) 17.
18. Missouri (5-2) Penn State (6-2) Air Force (9-1) Oregon (8-3) 18.
19. Tulane (6-0) Michigan (7-2) Missouri (7-3) Georgia Tech (8-2) 19.
20. Syracuse (4-2) Virginia Tech (7-1) USC (7-3) Miami (FL) (7-2) 20.
21. Virginia (8-2) 21.
22. Georgia Tech (7-2) 22.
23. Texas (7-3) 23.
24. Miami (FL) (6-2) 24.

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References[edit]

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  3. ^ "1998 AP Week 2 Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
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  17. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt
  18. ^ http://www.bcsguru.com/1998_bcs_standings.htm