1998 Tulane Green Wave football team
|1998 Tulane Green Wave football|
Liberty Bowl champion
|1998 record||12–0 (6–0 C-USA)|
|Head coach||Tommy Bowden (2nd)
Chris Scelfo (interim, bowl game)
|Offensive coordinator||Rich Rodriguez|
|Home stadium||Louisiana Superdome
|1998 Conference USA football standings|
|#7 Tulane $||6||–||0||12||–||0|
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, its highest rankings in school history since the 1939 Tulane football season when they were ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll.
The Green Wave won all of their games by six points or more. The combined 538 points set a single-season school record.
|September 5||6:00 PM||at Cincinnati||Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH||W 52–34||20,721|
|September 12||7:00 PM||at SMU*||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX||W 31–21||12,316|
|September 26||2:30 PM||Navy*||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA||W 42–24||19,371|
|October 3||2:30 PM||Southern Miss||No. 25||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Battle for the Bell)||W 21–7||32,527|
|October 17||2:30 PM||Louisville||No. 24||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA||FSN||W 28–22||26,217|
|October 24||11:00 AM||at Rutgers*||No. 22||Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ||W 52–24||20,714|
|October 31||2:30 PM||SW Louisiana*||No. 19||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA||W 72–20||25,177|
|November 7||1:00 PM||at Memphis||No. 15||Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN||W 41–31||18,192|
|November 14||12:00 PM||at Army||No. 14||Michie Stadium • West Point, NY||W 49–35||39,083|
|November 21||2:30 PM||Houston||No. 12||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA||FSN||W 48–20||26,978|
|November 26||2:30 PM||Louisiana Tech*||No. 11||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA||W 63–30||37,391|
|December 31||12:30 PM||vs. BYU*||No. 10||Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN (Liberty Bowl)||ESPN||W 41–27||52,197|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
Team players in the NFL
|Shaun King||Quarterback||2||50||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Dennis O'Sullivan||Long Snapper||-||-||New York Jets / Houston Texans|
- Notre Dame has been treated well during the BCS era, ESPN, March 22, 2008.
- "Tulane University - 1998". College Football Reference. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- "1998 Season in Review". Tulane University Department of Athletics. July 29, 1999. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- "Dennis O'Sullivan: Career Stats at NFL.com". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.