|1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
|1998 record||7–5 (4–4 SEC)|
|Head coach||Mike DuBose (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Neil Callaway (1st year as OC 2nd overall)|
|Co-offensive coordinator||Charlie Stubbs (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Ellis Johnson (2nd year)|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium|
|1998 Southeastern Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Tennessee x$#||8||–||0||13||–||0|
|No. 5 Florida %||7||–||1||10||–||2|
|No. 14 Georgia||6||–||2||9||–||3|
|Mississippi State xy||6||–||2||8||–||5|
|No. 16 Arkansas x||6||–||2||9||–||3|
|Championship: Tennessee 24, Mississippi State 14|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the college football season of 1998–99. The team's head coach was Mike DuBose, who was entering his second year at Alabama. They played their home games at both Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama and competed in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. They improved upon a 4–7 record from the 1997 season by finishing the 1998 campaign with a 7–5 record and an appearance in the Music City Bowl. The win against Ole Miss during the season marked Alabama's first ever overtime victory.
|September 5||6:00 p.m.||BYU*||ESPN||W 38–31||83,818|
|September 12||11:30 a.m.||Vanderbilt||JPS||W 32–7||83,091|
|September 26||5:00 p.m.||at Arkansas||No. 22||ESPN2||L 6–42||51,763|
|October 3||11:30 a.m.||No. 8 Florida||JPS||L 10–16||83,818|
|October 10||2:00 p.m.||Ole Miss||PPV||W 20–17 OT||83,818|
|October 17||2:00 p.m.||East Carolina*||PPV||W 23–22||80,079|
|October 24||2:30 p.m.||at No. 3 Tennessee||CBS||L 18–35||107,289|
|October 31||2:00 p.m.||Southern Miss*||PPV||W 30–20||83,818|
|November 7||2:30 p.m.||at LSU||CBS||W 22–16||80,522|
|November 14||11:30 a.m.||at Mississippi State||JPS||L 14–26||40,517|
|November 21||6:30 p.m.||Auburn||ESPN||W 31–17||83,091|
|December 29||4:00 p.m.||vs. Virginia Tech*||ESPN||L 7–38||41,600|
The Crimson Tide debut a new east side upper deck and 81 new sky boxes in Bryant-Denny Stadium which set the attendance mark to 83,818. This record-breaking crowd watched as Shaun Alexander scored five touchdowns as the Crimson Tide held on to beat BYU.
Alabama would score 32 unanswered points after Vanderbilt took a 7–0 lead in the first quarter to win its first conference game of the year. The Alabama defense held Vanderbilt to -33 rushing yards and forced three interceptions. The Alabama offense was led by Shaun Alexander who rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns.
|#22 Crimson Tide||3||3||0||0||6|
Despite only trailing by eight at the half, Alabama would be shut out in the second half and lose by 36 points. This would be the largest margin of defeat since the 1957 Iron Bowl.
Despite being outgained by over 200 yards, Alabama had an opportunity driving at the end of the game to try and win but, a late interception by Andrew Zow would give Florida the win. Florida had 6 possession inside the Alabama 12 yard line 3 resulting in turnovers, 3 resulting in field goals that kept Alabama in the game.
A 22-yard game-winning field goal by Ryan Pflugner in overtime gave the Crimson Tide its first overtime victory in its second try. The Rebels, who tied it late in the 4th quarter with a field goal to force overtime, threw an interception on their first possession which put Alabama in a score and win scenario.
Despite having a 21–0 lead at the half, a blocked extra point ran back for two points in the third quarter was the difference in the second half for Alabama. East Carolina outscored Alabama 22–2 in the second half but, never could take the lead away from Alabama.
Tennessee for the 4th year in a row beat Alabama in what was a close game up until Peerless Price ran a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown after the Crimson Tide had cut the lead to three. Alabama would not get closer than the ten point lead after that.
Behind a career-high 361 yards passing from Andrew Zow, the Crimson Tide amassed 499 yards of offense as they beat Southern Miss in their final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season.
The Crimson Tide trailed 16–7 with less than 3 minutes to go in the game when they were able to score a touchdown with 2:24 left making the score 16–14. Alabama would recover an onside kick and drive down the field and with 38 seconds to go in the game Andrew Zow hit Michael Vaughn on a deflected pass in the end zone and with the two point conversion Alabama led 22���16. An interception by Marcus Spencer would seal one of the greatest comebacks in Alabama History. This game was also the first time both teams came into the game not ranked since 1990.
J.J. Johnson broke a Mississippi State school record for rushing yards in a game at 237 as Mississippi State would win its third straight meeting over Alabama. Despite a 20–0 deficit in the third quarter, Alabama rallied to cut the lead to six but that was as close as they could get.
Despite trailing 17–0 in the second quarter, Alabama would score the final 31 points of the game to win the Iron Bowl. Four turnovers for Auburn helped the Crimson Tide get back and eventually pull away from Auburn. This would be the last Iron Bowl ever to be played at Legion Field in Birmingham.
The first ever Music City Bowl had an exciting first half with Alabama trailing Virginia Tech 10–7 at the half. The second half was all Virginia Tech as they would outscore the Crimson Tide 28–0 to beat Alabama. The lose would end the Crimson Tide season at 7–5.