1998 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Florida Citrus Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 12
Record10–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMike DeBord (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJim Herrmann (2nd season)
Base defenseMultiple
MVPTai Streets
Captains
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
(Capacity: 107,501)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State %+   7 1     11 1  
No. 6 Wisconsin $+   7 1     11 1  
No. 12 Michigan +   7 1     10 3  
No. 24 Purdue   6 2     9 4  
No. 17 Penn State   5 3     9 3  
Michigan State   4 4     6 6  
Minnesota   2 6     5 6  
Indiana   2 6     4 7  
Illinois   2 6     3 8  
Iowa   2 6     3 8  
Northwestern   0 8     3 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1998 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Lloyd Carr. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. The 1998 Wolverines finished the season with a 10–3 record (7–1 in the Big Ten) and defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 1999 Florida Citrus Bowl. The team was ranked #12 in both the coaches and AP polls.

This Michigan team was the last defending national champion in FBS football to lose their opening game until 2020.[1]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 52:30 p.m.at No. 22 Notre Dame*No. 5NBCL 20–3680,012
September 123:30 p.m.No. 19 Syracuse*No. 13ABCL 28–38111,012
September 1912:00 p.m.Eastern Michigan*
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ESPN+W 59–20110,438
September 2612:00 p.m.Michigan State
ABCW 29–17111,238
October 33:30 p.m.at IowaNo. 25ABCW 12–970,397
October 177:00 p.m.at NorthwesternESPNW 12–647,129
October 2412:00 p.m.Indianadagger
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ESPNW 21–10110,863
October 3112:00 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 22ESPNW 15–1041,310
November 712:00 p.m.No. 9 Penn StateNo. 22
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ABCW 27–0111,019
November 1412:00 p.m.No. 8 WisconsinNo. 15
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ESPNW 27–10111,217
November 2112:00 p.m.at No. 7 Ohio StateNo. 11ABCL 16–3194,339
November 289:30 p.m.at Hawaii*No. 15ESPN2W 48–1734,193
January 1, 19991:00 p.m.vs. No. 11 Arkansas*No. 15ABCW 45–3163,584
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Rankings

See also: 1998 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP5 (4)13252222151115151512
Coaches Poll5 (4)142222161116151512
BCSNot released191214Not released

Roster

1998 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OT 79 Jeff Backus So
QB 10 Tom Brady Jr
C 65 David Brandt So
QB 7 Drew Henson Fr
G 76 Steve Hutchinson So
WR 85 Marcus Knight Jr
TE/FB 36 Aaron Shea Jr
WR 1 David Terrell Fr
RB 32 Anthony Thomas So
WR 4 Marquise Walker Fr
OT 52 Chris Ziemann Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 37 Kurt Anderson So
LB 17 Larry Foote Fr
LB 20 Ian Gold Jr
LB 41 Tommy Hendricks Jr
LB 55 Dhani Jones Jr
FS 15 DeWayne Patmon So
DT 91 Josh Williams Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 25 Hayden Epstein Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Roster

Season summary

Ohio State

See also: 1998 Ohio State Buckeyes football team and Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry

Michigan Wolverines (8–2) at Ohio State Buckeyes (9–1)
1 2 34Total
Michigan 0 10 3316
Ohio St 14 7 10031

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: November 21, 1998
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 38 °F (3 °C)
  • Game attendance: 94,339
  • Referee: Bill LeMonnier
  • TV: ABC
  • Box Score
Game information

Statistical achievements

The team earned the second consecutive Big Ten passing defense statistical championships for all games by holding opponents to 181.2 yards per game as well as the second consecutive championship for conference games by holding conference opponents to 139.2 yards per game.[2] They also ranked first in passing efficiency defense for both all games (49.9), while Ohio State led for conference games.[2] The team led the conference in total defense for conference games (244.6), while Ohio State led for all games.[2]

On November 21 against Ohio State, Tom Brady established the current Michigan record for single-game pass attempts (56), surpassing Scott Dreisbach's 52 set in 1995. In the same game, he surpassed Todd Collins' single-game pass completions record of 29 with 31, a record he would go on to surpass himself later in his career. That day, he also established the single-game passing yards record (375), surpassing Dreisbach's 372 set in 1995 with a record that would be broken by John Navarre in 2003. Brady set several other records: single-season pass attempts record (350), surpassing Brian Griese's 307 set in 1997 and broken by Navarre in 2001; single-season completions (214), surpassing Griese's 193 set in 1997 and tied by himself the following season and broken by Navarre in 2002. He tied 1986 Jim Harbaugh's single-season 200-yard game output of 8, a record broken by Navarre in 2002.[3]

Draft

The following players were selected in the 1999 NFL Draft:

Awards and honors

The individuals in the sections below earned recognition for meritorious performances.[4][5]

National

Conference

Main article: Big Ten Conference football individual honors

Team

Coaching staff

References

  1. ^ Cooper, Sam (September 26, 2020). "Mississippi State upsets defending national champion LSU in Mike Leach's SEC head-coaching debut". Yahoo Sports.
  2. ^ a b c "Big Ten Conference Football Full Media Guide". CBS Interactive/Big Ten Conference. January 5, 2010. p. 57. Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  3. ^ "Record Book" (PDF). CBS Interactive. January 5, 2009. pp. 120–123. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  4. ^ "1998 Football Team". The Regents of the University of Michigan. April 9, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "Big Ten Conference Football Full Media Guide". CBS Interactive/Big Ten Conference. January 5, 2010. pp. 70–82. Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  6. ^ "Michigan's Academic All-Americans". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved July 10, 2010.