|1978 The Citadel Bulldogs football|
|1978 record||5–6 (2–3 SoCon)|
|Head coach||Art Baker (1st season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Ralph Friedgen (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Frank Beamer (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Johnson Hagood Stadium|
|1978 Southern Conference football standings|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1978 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. Art Baker served as head coach for the first season. The Bulldogs played as members of the Southern Conference and played home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
|September 9||Presbyterian*||W 28–17|
|September 16||at Clemson*||L 3–58||53,330|
|September 23||VMI||W 14–3|
|September 30||at Georgia Tech*||L 0–28|
|October 7||Marshall||W 41–0|
|October 14||at Western Carolina||L 24–38|
|October 21||at Appalachian State||L 14–42|
|October 29||Delaware*||W 21–14|
|November 4||at William & Mary*||L 8–12|
|November 11||Wofford*||W 35–17|
|November 18||at Furman||L 13–17|
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- "Milestones". The Citadel Football Association. Archived from the original on 2016-01-23. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
- "Citadel Game by Game Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2015-12-26. Retrieved January 24, 2016.