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1998 Kentucky Wildcats football team

The 1998 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. Quarterback Tim Couch was the first pick overall in the 1999 NFL Draft.

1998 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats logo (1984-2005).png
Outback Bowl, L 26–14 vs. Penn State
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
1998 record7–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachHal Mumme (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Leach (2nd season)
Offensive schemeAir raid
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium
(Capacity: 55,453)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 1 Tennessee x$#   8 0         13 0  
No. 5 Florida %   7 1         10 2  
No. 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  
No. 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

Contents

SeasonEdit

Couch led Kentucky to seven wins, including a win on the road at #21 LSU and a spot in the 1999 Outback Bowl, where Couch completed 30 of 48 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, though Kentucky lost to Penn State, 26–14. In the Kentucky–Louisville rivalry, the Wildcats beat the Cardinals to claim the Governor's Cup. In the Border Battle, Tennessee beat Kentucky by a score of 59–21 to claim the Beer Barrel.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 53:00 PMat Louisville*FSNW 68–3442,643
September 121:30 PMEastern Kentucky*W 52–757,776
September 191:30 PMIndiana*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
W 31–2757,788
September 263:30 PMat No. 8 FloridaNo. 25CBSL 35–5185,011
October 36:00 PMat No. 22 ArkansasESPN2L 20–2755,782
October 107:00 PMSouth Carolina 
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
W 33–2857,739
October 179:00 PMat No. 21 LSUESPN2W 39–3680,524
October 2412:30 PMNo. 11 Georgia
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
JPSL 26–2857,838
November 76:00 PMMississippi State
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky (Rivalry)
ESPN2W 37–3557,760
November 141:30 PMVanderbilt
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky (Rivalry)
W 55–1757,521
November 2112:30 PMat No. 1 TennesseeCBSL 21–59107,252
January 111:00 AMvs. No. 20 Penn State*ESPNL 14–2666,005
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

1998 Kentucky Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Tim Couch
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

1999 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Tim Couch Quarterback 1 1 Cleveland Browns

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ReferencesEdit