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1998 Auburn Tigers football team

1998 Auburn Tigers football
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
1998 record 3–8 (1–7 SEC)
Head coach Terry Bowden
Bill Oliver (interim)
Offensive coordinator Rodney Allison
Defensive coordinator Bill Oliver
Home stadium Jordan–Hare Stadium (Capacity: 85,214)
1998 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Tennessee x#   8 0         13 0  
#5 Florida   7 1         10 2  
#14 Georgia   6 2         9 3  
Kentucky   4 4         7 5  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 9  
South Carolina   0 8         1 10  
Western Division
Mississippi State xy   6 2         8 5  
#16 Arkansas x   6 2         9 3  
Alabama   4 4         7 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 5  
LSU   2 6         4 7  
Auburn   1 7         3 8  
Championship: Tennessee 24, Mississippi State 14
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1998 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. After using six different centers on the offensive line due to injury, Auburn finished the season with a 3–8 record. The Tigers began the season coached by Terry Bowden, who led the team to a 1–5 start. Criticism of the coaching arose among fans and key supporters, which resulted in Bowden's resignation on October 23, the day before the Tigers played Louisiana Tech. Defensive coordinator Bill Oliver became the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Auburn played Alabama on November 21 for the last time at Legion Field in Birmingham. Since then, the Iron Bowl has generally been hosted on an alternating basis at the respective on-campus stadium. The team doctor was Steve Katz M.D.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM #16 Virginia* #25 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL ESPN L 0–19   78,315
September 12 2:30 PM at Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS FSN W 17–0   48,371
September 19 4:00 PM #7 LSU Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Tiger Bowl) ESPN L 19–31   85,214
October 3 2:30 PM #3 Tennessee Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL CBS L 9-17   85,214
October 10 11:30 AM at Mississippi State Scott FieldStarkville, MS JPS L 21–38   40,029
October 17 2:30 PM at #5 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL (Rivalry) CBS L 3–24   85,557
October 24 1:00 PM Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 32–17   74,384
October 31 1:00 PM #14 Arkansas Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL PPV L 21–24   78,649
November 7 1:00 PM Central Florida* Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL PPV W 10–6   80,743
November 14 6:30 PM #17 Georgia Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) ESPN L 17–28   85,214
November 21 6:30 PM at Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) ESPN L 17–31   83,091
*Non-conference game. Central Time.


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