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1998 Michigan Wolverines football team


1998 Michigan Wolverines football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #12
AP #12
1998 record 10–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Lloyd Carr (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann (2nd year)
Base defense Multiple
MVP Tai Streets
Captain Juaquin Feazell
Captain Jon Jansen
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
(Capacity: 107,501)

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.

Entering 2013, this Michigan team is the last defending national champion in FBS football to lose their opening game (they lost their first two games for that matter).[1]


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5, 1998 2:30 PM at #22/NA Notre Dame* #5/NA Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) NBC L 20–36   80,012
September 12, 1998 3:30 PM #19/18 Syracuse* #13/14 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 28–38   111,012
September 19, 1998 12:00 PM Eastern Michigan* Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN+ W 59–20   110,438
September 26, 1998 12:00 PM Michigan State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC W 29–17   111,238
October 3, 1998 3:30 PM at Iowa #25/NR Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC W 12–9   70,397
October 17, 1998 7:00 PM at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN W 12–6   47,129
October 24, 1998 12:00 PM Indiana Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN W 21–10   110,863
October 31, 1998 12:00 PM at Minnesota #22/22 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN W 15–10   41,310
November 7, 1998 12:00 PM #9/9 Penn State #22/22 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC W 27–0   111,019
November 14, 1998 12:00 PM #8/6 Wisconsin #15/16 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN W 27–10   111,217
November 21, 1998 12:00 PM at #7/6 Ohio State #11/11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (The Game) ABC L 16–31   94,339
November 28, 1998 9:30 PM at Hawaii* #15/16 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI ESPN2 W 48–17   34,193
January 1, 1999 1:00 PM vs. #11/11 Arkansas* #15/15 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC W 45–31   63,584
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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]


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]



Main article: Big Ten Conference football individual honors


  • Co-captains: Jon Jansen, Juaquin Feazell
  • Most Valuable Player: Tai Streets
  • Meyer Morton Award: Tai Streets
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Maurice Williams
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Dhani Jones
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Rob Renes
  • Dick Katcher Award: Rob Renes
  • Hugh Rader Jr. Award: Jon Jansen
  • Robert P. Ufer Award: Mark Campbell
  • Roger Zatkoff Award: Sam Sword

Coaching staff


External links

  • 1998 Football Team -- Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan Athletics History
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