1998 Wisconsin Badgers football team
|1998 Wisconsin Badgers football|
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1998 record||11–1 (7–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Barry Alvarez (9th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Brad Childress (8th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Kevin Cosgrove (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Camp Randall Stadium|
(Capacity: 76,129, Astroturf)
|1998 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 2 Ohio State %+||7||–||1||11||–||1|
|No. 6 Wisconsin $+||7||–||1||11||–||1|
|No. 12 Michigan +||7||–||1||10||–||3|
|No. 24 Purdue||6||–||2||9||–||4|
|No. 17 Penn State||5||–||3||9||–||3|
Rankings from AP Poll
Wisconsin finished the regular season 10–1 overall (7–1 conference) and were co-champions of the Big Ten Conference (with Ohio State and Michigan) for the first time since 1993. They were awarded the berth in the 1999 Rose Bowl due to Big Ten Conference tie-breaking rules, at the time, which gave the Rose Bowl invitation to the tied team which had gone the longest period of time without an invitation: Michigan had been in the 1998 Rose Bowl, Ohio State had been in the 1997 Rose Bowl, while Wisconsin's last Rose Bowl was 1994.
The circumstances of this selection, the fact that Ohio State was the higher-ranked team (Ohio State was the pre-season #1 and spent most of the season with this ranking: Wisconsin did not play Ohio State or Michigan State that year, so Ohio State had the better record versus common opponents due to the Michigan loss), combined with the fact that the opponent (UCLA) was ranked #2 and headed to the national title game before a season-ending loss, led to ridicule in the national media: most notably, Craig James' declaration that Wisconsin was "the worst team to ever play in the Rose Bowl." Wisconsin went on to defeat #6 UCLA 38–31 in the 1999 Rose Bowl. Afterward, Badger coach Barry Alvarez fired back, "Well, I know we're at least the second worst."
|September 5||8:00 p.m.||at San Diego State*||No. 20||NBC||W 26–14||37,471|
|September 12||11:30 a.m.||Ohio*||No. 17||MSC||W 45–0||74,676|
|September 19||1:00 p.m.||UNLV*||No. 14||W 52–7||75,044|
|September 26||11:00 a.m.||Northwestern||No. 14||ESPN||W 38–7||78,337|
|October 3||11:00 a.m.||at Indiana||No. 13||ESPN2||W 24–20||32,328|
|October 10||7:30 p.m.||Purdue||No. 12||ESPN2||W 31–24||78,782|
|October 17||11:00 a.m.||at Illinois||No. 9||ESPN2||W 37–3||40,627|
|October 24||2:30 p.m.||at Iowa||No. 9||ABC||W 31–0||70,397|
|November 7||11:00 a.m.||Minnesota||No. 8||ESPN||W 26–7||78,767|
|November 14||11:00 a.m.||at No. 15 Michigan||No. 8||ESPN||L 10–27||111,217|
|November 21||2:00 p.m.||No. 14 Penn State||No. 13||ESPN||W 24–3||78,964|
|January 1, 1999||3:30 p.m.||vs. No. 6 UCLA*||No. 9||ABC||W 38–31||93,872|
|1998 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster|
Individual awards and honorsEdit
- Tom Burke: All-America (unanimous consensus), Bill Willis Trophy, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, All-Big Ten (First Team, coaches & media)
- Aaron Gibson: All-America (consensus), All-Big Ten (First Team, media; Second Team, coaches)
- Ron Dayne: All-America (WCFF), 1999 Rose Bowl player of the Game, All-Big Ten (First Team, coaches & media)
- Matt Davenport: All-Big Ten (First Team, coaches & media)
- Kevin Stemke: All-Big Ten (First Team, coaches & media)
- Jamar Fletcher: All-Big Ten (First Team, media; Second Team, coaches)
- Casey Rabach: All-Big Ten (Second Team, coaches & media)
- Chris McIntosh:All-Big Ten (Second Team, coaches)
- Barry Alvarez: Big Ten Coach of the Year
|Aaron Gibson||Tackle||1||27||Detroit Lions|
|Tom Burke||Linebacker||3||83||Arizona Cardinals|
|Cecil Martin||Fullback||6||172||Philadelphia Eagles|
- Howard-Cooper, Scott (January 2, 1999). "After Dayne Runs Them Over, They Beat Themselves Up - UCLA Conquered and Divided After Rose Bowl Defeat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 4, 2009.
- Gurnick, Ken (January 2, 1999). "College Football: Rose Bowl; Badgers Prove Doubters Wrong". The New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2009.
- "Wisconsin at San Diego St". CNN. September 6, 1998.
- "Ohio at Wisconsin". CNN. September 12, 1998.
- "UNLV at Wisconsin". CNN. September 19, 1998.
- "Northwestern at Wisconsin". CNN. September 26, 1998.
- "Wisconsin at Indiana". CNN. October 3, 1998.
- "Purdue at Wisconsin". CNN. October 11, 1998.
- "Wisconsin at Illinois". CNN. October 17, 1998.
- "Wisconsin at Iowa". CNN. October 24, 1998.
- "Minnesota at Wisconsin". CNN. November 7, 1998.
- "Wisconsin at Michigan". CNN. November 14, 1998.
- "Penn State at Wisconsin". CNN. November 21, 1998.
- Bagnato, Andrew (January 2, 1999). "Badgers Say Cheese". Chicago Tribune.
- "1999 NFL Draft".