|1998 Ohio State Buckeyes football|
Big Ten co-champion
Sugar Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1998 record||11–1 (7–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||John Cooper (11th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Jacobs (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Fred Pagac (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Ohio Stadium|
|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
The 1998 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head football coach was John Cooper. The Buckeyes played their home games in Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 11–1, and a Big Ten Conference record of 7–1. They were co-champions of the Big Ten Conference with the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan Wolverines and played in one of the premiere Bowl Championship Series bowl games, the 1999 Sugar Bowl.
Led by senior quarterback Joe Germaine, the Buckeyes were the preseason number one team and remained top-ranked throughout the majority of the season. The Buckeyes only loss came late in the season to the Michigan State Spartans. The team blew a 15-point lead late in the game to fall 28–24.
Because of the late loss, Ohio State was kept out of the National Championship Game, the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. Their regular season "miss" of not playing fellow tri-champion Wisconsin also cost the Bucks a trip to the 1999 Rose Bowl because Ohio State was the last to play in the Rose Bowl in 1997, Wisconsin last played in 1994.
|September 5||8:00 p.m.||at No. 11 West Virginia*||No. 1||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||CBS||W 34–17||68,409|
|September 12||12:30 p.m.||Toledo*||No. 1||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||ESPN||W 49–0||93,149|
|September 19||3:30 p.m.||No. 21 Missouri*||No. 1||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||ABC||W 35–14||93,269|
|October 3||12:00 p.m.||No. 7 Penn State||No. 1||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (rivalry)||ABC||W 28–9||93,479|
|October 10||12:00 p.m.||at Illinois||No. 1||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||ESPN+||W 41–0||46,390|
|October 17||12:00 p.m.||Minnesota||No. 1||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||ESPN+||W 45–15||93,138|
|October 24||12:00 p.m.||at Northwestern||No. 1||Ryan Field • Evanston, IL||ESPN2||W 36–10||47,130|
|October 31||3:30 p.m.||at Indiana||No. 1||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN||ABC||W 38–7||52,049|
|November 7||3:30 p.m.||Michigan State||No. 1||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (rivalry)||ABC||L 24–28||93,595|
|November 14||3:30 p.m.||at Iowa||No. 7||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||ABC||W 45–14||69,473|
|November 21||12:00 p.m.||No. 11 Michigan||No. 7||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game)||ABC||W 31–16||94,339|
|January 1, 1999||8:30 p.m.||vs. No. 8 Texas A&M*||No. 3||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl)||ABC||W 24–14||76,503|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
- Joe Germaine 17/28, 307 Yds (third straight 300+ yard passing game – school record)
Ohio State secured a share of its 28th Big Ten title as the fans stormed the field with less than 30 seconds to play. Joe Germaine completed 19-of-24 passes for 330 yards, his seventh career 300-yard game, and his favorite target was David Boston, who finished with 10 receptions for 217 yards, most ever by a Michigan opponent. Boston also broke his own single-season reception mark and moved past Cris Carter on the school's all-time yardage list.
- John Cooper - Head Coach - 11th year
- Bill Conley - Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator (12th year)
- Jim Heacock - Defensive Tackles (3rd year)
- Mike Jacobs - Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line (4th year)
- Fred Pagac - Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers (17th year)
- Tim Salem - Quarterbacks (2nd year)
- Shawn Simms - Defensive Ends (2nd year)
- Tim Spencer - Running Backs (5th year)
- Chuck Strobart - Wide Receivers (4th year)
- Jon Tenuta - Defensive Backs (3rd year)
|David Boston||1||8||Wide Receiver||Arizona Cardinals|
|Antoine Winfield||1||23||Defensive Back||Buffalo Bills|
|Andy Katzenmoyer||1||28||Linebacker||New England Patriots|
|Joe Montgomery||2||49||Running Back||New York Giants|
|Joe Germaine||4||101||Quarterback||St. Louis Rams|
|Damon Moore||4||128||Defensive Back||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Brent Bartholomew||6||192||Punter||Miami Dolphins|
|Dee Miller||6||196||Wide Receiver||Green Bay Packers|
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- "A Case for No. 1". CNN. January 9, 1999. Retrieved June 12, 2008.
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- USA Today. Retrieved 2014-Sep-02.
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- 1986 Ohio State Football Media Guide