1998 Tulane Green Wave football team

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 Automatic Qualifying 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.[1]

1998 Tulane Green Wave football
Tulane Green Wave wordmark
C-USA champion
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 41–27 vs. BYU
ConferenceConference USA
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 7
1998 record12–0 (6–0 C-USA)
Head coachTommy Bowden (2nd)
Chris Scelfo (interim, bowl game)
Offensive coordinatorRich Rodriguez
Home stadiumLouisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 69,028)
1998 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 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

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 56:00 PMat CincinnatiW 52–3420,721
September 127:00 PMat SMU*W 31–2112,316
September 262:30 PMNavy*W 42–2419,371
October 32:30 PMSouthern MissNo. 25
W 21–732,527
October 172:30 PMLouisvilledaggerNo. 24
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
FSNW 28–2226,217
October 2411:00 AMat Rutgers*No. 22W 52–2420,714
October 312:30 PMSW Louisiana*No. 19
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
W 72–2025,177
November 71:00 PMat MemphisNo. 15W 41–3118,192
November 1412:00 PMat ArmyNo. 14W 49–3539,083
November 212:30 PMHoustonNo. 12
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
FSNW 48–2026,978
November 262:30 PMLouisiana Tech*No. 11
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
W 63–3037,391
December 3112:30 PMvs. BYU*No. 10ESPNW 41–2752,197
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

[2][3]

Team players in the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Team
Shaun King Quarterback 2 50 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dennis O'Sullivan Long Snapper - - New York Jets / Houston Texans[4]

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References

  1. ^ Notre Dame has been treated well during the BCS era, ESPN, March 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "Tulane University - 1998". College Football Reference. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "1998 Season in Review". Tulane University Department of Athletics. July 29, 1999. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "Dennis O'Sullivan: Career Stats at NFL.com". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  5. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1999.htm
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