The 1998 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 1998, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1998 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their fourth, and third consecutive, Division III championship by defeating the Rowan Profs, 44−24.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Scott Hvistendahl, wide receiver and punter from Augsburg.[1]

Conference standings

1998 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Hardin–Simmons $   7 0         9 1  
McMurry   6 1         8 2  
Howard Payne   5 2         8 2  
Austin   4 3         4 6  
Mississippi College   2 5         4 6  
Texas Lutheran   2 5         4 6  
Mary Hardin–Baylor   2 5         3 7  
Sul Ross   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
1998 Atlantic Central Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Wesley $   3 0         7 3  
Methodist   3 1         7 3  
Frostburg State   2 2         7 3  
Chowan   2 3         5 5  
Ferrum   2 3         6 4  
Salisbury State   1 4         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
1998 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Western Maryland $^   7 0         10 2  
Dickinson   5 2         8 3  
Johns Hopkins   5 2         7 3  
Franklin & Marshall   4 3         4 6  
Muhlenberg   3 4         5 5  
Gettysburg   2 5         3 7  
Ursinus   2 5         3 7  
Swarthmore   0 7         0 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Millikin $^   6 1         8 2  
Augustana (IL)   5 2         7 2  
Illinois Wesleyan   5 2         7 2  
Wheaton (IL)   5 2         6 3  
Carthage   4 3         5 4  
Elmhurst   1 6         3 6  
North Central (IL)   1 6         3 6  
North Park   1 6         2 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 Freedom Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Springfield (MA) $^   6 0         9 2  
Plymouth State   4 2         7 4  
Merchant Marine   4 2         6 3  
Western Connecticut   3 3         5 5  
WPI   3 3         4 5  
Norwich   1 5         5 6  
Coast Guard   0 6         1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Wabash $   7 0         9 1  
Hanover   6 1         9 1  
Franklin (IN)   4 3         6 4  
Bluffton   4 3         5 5  
Wilmington (OH)   3 4         4 6  
Manchester   2 5         2 8  
Mount St. Joseph   2 5         2 8  
Anderson (IN)   0 7         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
1998 Illini–Badger Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Aurora $   7 0         7 3  
MacMurray   6 1         9 1  
Concordia (WI)   5 2         7 3  
Lakeland   4 3         7 3  
Benedictine (IL)   3 4         3 7  
Eureka   2 5         4 6  
Greenville   1 6         2 8  
Concordia (IL)   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
1998 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Central (IA) $^   10 0         10 1  
Wartburg   9 1         9 1  
Buena Vista   7 3         7 3  
Simpson   7 3         7 3  
Coe   5 5         5 5  
Upper Iowa   5 5         5 5  
Cornell (IA)   4 6         4 6  
Loras   4 6         4 6  
Luther   3 7         3 7  
William Penn   1 9         1 9  
Dubuque   0 10         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Albion $^   6 0         8 2  
Hope   4 2         5 4  
Adrian   3 3         5 4  
Alma   3 3         5 4  
Olivet   2 4         5 4  
Kalamazoo   2 4         4 5  
Defiance   1 5         3 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Commonwealth
Widener x   4 1         8 2  
Susquehanna x   4 1         6 3  
Juniata   3 2         5 5  
Albright   2 3         4 6  
Moravian   2 3         3 7  
Lebanon Valley   0 5         1 9  
Freedom
Lycoming x^   4 0         10 1  
Wilkes   3 1         5 4  
King's (PA)   2 2         3 7  
Fairleigh Dickinson–Florham   1 3         2 8  
Delaware Valley   0 4         3 7  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Grinnell $   9 0         10 0  
Beloit   7 2         7 3  
Ripon   7 2         7 3  
Knox   6 3         6 4  
St. Norbert   5 4         5 5  
Lake Forest   4 5         4 6  
Carroll (WI)   3 6         4 6  
Lawrence   2 7         2 8  
Monmouth (IL)   2 7         2 8  
Illinois College   0 9         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
1998 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Saint John's (MN) $^ 9 0 0     11 1 0
Bethel (MN) 7 2 0     8 2 0
Gustavus Adolphus 7 2 0     8 2 0
St. Thomas (MN) 7 2 0     7 3 0
Augsburg 5 4 0     6 4 0
Concordia–Moorhead 4 5 0     4 6 0
Hamline 2 7 0     2 8 0
St. Olaf 2 7 0     2 8 0
Carleton 1 8 0     2 8 0
Macalester 1 8 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 New England Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Blue Division
Salve Regina x   6 0         10 1  
UMass Dartmouth   5 1         8 2  
Curry   4 2         6 4  
Western New England   3 3         5 4  
Nichols   2 4         5 5  
MIT   1 5         1 8  
UMass–Boston   0 6         0 10  
Red Division
Bridgewater State x   5 1         7 3  
Maine Maritime x   5 1         5 5  
Massachusetts Maritime   4 2         6 4  
Worcester State   3 3         4 6  
Westfield State   2 4         5 5  
Fitchburg State   2 4         3 7  
Framingham State   0 6         2 8  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
1998 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
TCNJ $^   5 0         8 3  
Rowan ^   4 1         10 3  
Montclair State   3 2         8 3  
New Jersey City   2 3         6 4  
Kean   1 4         1 9  
William Paterson   0 5         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Wittenberg $^   8 0         11 1  
Allegheny   6 1         8 2  
Wooster   6 2         8 2  
Case Western Reserve   4 2         5 5  
Ohio Wesleyan   4 4         6 4  
Kenyon   2 5         4 6  
Denison   2 6         3 7  
Earlham   2 6         2 8  
Oberlin   0 0         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Pacific Lutheran $^   5 0         8 2  
Linfield   4 1         7 2  
Willamette   3 2         7 3  
Whitworth   2 3         5 5  
Puget Sound   1 4         2 8  
Lewis & Clark   0 5         1 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mount Union $^   9 0         14 0  
Baldwin–Wallace   8 1         8 2  
John Carroll   7 2         8 2  
Ohio Northern   6 3         7 3  
Marietta   5 4         6 4  
Muskingum   4 5         5 5  
Otterbein   3 6         4 6  
Heidelberg   2 7         2 8  
Hiram   1 8         2 8  
Capital   0 9         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
1998 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Washington & Jefferson +   3 1         5 4  
Waynesburg +   3 1         5 4  
Grove City +   3 1         5 5  
Bethany (WV)   1 3         2 8  
Thiel   0 4         1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
1998 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Whittier $   5 0         7 2  
Redlands   4 1         7 2  
Cal Lutheran   2 3         5 4  
La Verne   2 3         4 5  
Claremont-Mudd   1 4         2 7  
Occidental   1 4         1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
1998 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Trinity (TX) $^   6 0         12 1  
DePauw   5 1         7 3  
Rhodes   4 2         5 5  
Centre   3 3         3 7  
Rose–Hulman   2 4         3 7  
Sewanee   1 5         2 7  
Millsaps   0 6         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1998 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
MacMurray $   4 0         9 1  
Westminster (MO)   3 1         9 1  
Blackburn   2 2         4 5  
Greenville   1 3         2 8  
Principia   0 4         0 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
1998 Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
RPI +   3 1         7 2  
Hobart +   3 1         6 3  
Union (NY)   2 2         6 3  
Rochester (NY)   1 3         1 8  
St. Lawrence   1 3         1 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
1998 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Catholic University ^           10 1  
Ithaca           9 2  
Hartwick           9 2  
Buffalo State ^           9 3  
Pomona-Pitzer           6 2  
Maranatha Baptist           6 4  
Alfred           5 4  
Maryville (TN)           4 6  
Cortland           4 6  
Brockport           3 6  
Colorado College           3 6  
Thomas More           3 7  
Chapman           2 7  
St. John Fisher           2 7  
Menlo           2 8  
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 1998 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 26th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division III college football. The championship Stagg Bowl game was held at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia for the second time. As of 2014, Salem has remained the yearly host of the Stagg Bowl. This was the final bracket to feature sixteen teams before expanding to 28 teams in 1999.[2]

Playoff bracket

Regionals
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
Semifinals
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Salem Football Stadium
Salem, Virginia
            
Mount Union 21
Albion 19
Mount Union 21
Wittenberg 19
Wittenberg 13
Millikin 10
Mount Union 34
Trinity (TX) 29
Lycoming 49
Catholic University 14
Lycoming 21
Trinity (TX) 37
Trinity (TX) 30
Western Maryland 20
Mount Union 44
Rowan 24
Wisconsin–Eau Claire 28
Central (IA) 21
Wisconsin–Eau Claire 10
Saint John's (MN) 3
Saint John's (MN) 33
Pacific Lutheran 20
Wisconsin–Eau Claire 19
Rowan 22
Buffalo State 38
Springfield 35
Buffalo State 17
Rowan 19
Rowan 26
TCNJ 2

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "1998 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved November 26, 2014.