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1998 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State buckeyes logo.png
Big Ten Co-Champions
Sugar Bowl, W 24-14 vs. Texas A&M
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #2
1998 record 11-1 (7-1 Big Ten)
Head coach John Cooper

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
Seasons
« 1997 1999 »

The 1998 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1998-1999. The team's head football coach was John Cooper. The Buckeyes played their home games in Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 11 and 1, and a Big Ten Conference record of 7-1. They finished tri-champions in the Big Ten Conference with the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan Wolverines and played in one of the premiere Bowl Championship Series bowl games in the 1999 Sugar Bowl.

Led by senior quarterback Joe Germaine, the Buckeyes were the preseason number one throughout the majority of the season. The Buckeyes only loss came late in the season to the Michigan State Spartans. The team blew a late 15 point lead late in the game to fall short 28-24.

Because of the late loss, Ohio State was kept out of the National Championship Game, the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. Their regular season "miss" of not playing fellow tri-champion Wisconsin also cost the Bucks a trip to the 1999 Rose Bowl because Ohio State was the last to play in the Rose Bowl in 1997, Wisconsin last played in 1994.[1]

While the Buckeyes politicked for a share of the national title, their poor second half performance in the Sugar Bowl and #1 Tennessee's victory over #2 Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl, forced the Bucks to settle for a number two finish in both polls.[2]

Contents

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 5* at #11 West Virginia #1 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV CBS W 34-17  
September 12* Toledo #1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN W 49-0  
September 19* #21 Missouri #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio ABC W 35-14  
October 3 #7 Penn State #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio ABC W 28-9  
October 10 at Illinois #1 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN W 41-0  
October 17 Minnesota #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio ESPN W 45-15  
October 24 at Northwestern #1 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN 2 W 36-10  
October 31 at Indiana #1 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ABC W 38-7  
November 7 Michigan State #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio ABC L 24-28  
November 14 at Iowa #7 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC W 45-14  
November 21 #11 Michigan #7 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio ABC W 31-16  
January 1* vs. #8 Texas A&M #3 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC W 24-14  
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

Game notes

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West Virginia

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 10 10 7 7 34
Mountaineers 3 7 0 7 17


Toledo

1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 0 0 0 0 0
Buckeyes 21 21 7 0 49


Missouri

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 14 0 0 14
Buckeyes 7 6 8 14 35


Penn State

1 2 3 4 Total
Nittany Lions 0 3 6 0 9
Buckeyes 0 14 14 0 28


Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 10 14 0 17 41
Fighting Illini 0 0 0 0 0


Minnesota

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 3 10 0 2 15
Buckeyes 14 17 7 7 45


Northwestern

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 17 6 6 7 36
Wildcats 7 3 0 0 10


Indiana

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 14 7 7 10 38
Hooisers 0 7 0 0 7


Michigan State

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 3 6 9 10 28
Buckeyes 17 0 7 0 24


Iowa

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 14 14 7 10 45
Hawkeyes 7 7 0 0 14


Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 0 10 3 3 16
Buckeyes 14 7 10 0 31


Texas A&M

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 7 0 7 0 14
Buckeyes 21 3 0 0 24


Coaching staff

1999 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
David Boston 1 8 Wide Receiver Arizona Cardinals
Antoine Winfield 1 23 Defensive Back Buffalo Bills
Andy Katzenmoyer 1 28 Linebacker New England Patriots
Joe Montgomery 2 49 Running Back New York Giants
Joe Germaine 4 101 Quarterback St. Louis Rams
Damon Moore 4 128 Defensive Back Philadelphia Eagles
Brent Bartholomew 6 192 Punter Miami Dolphins
Dee Miller 6 196 Wide Receiver Green Bay Packers

References

Dee Miller's Official Lost Lettermen Blog


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