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1998 Kentucky Wildcats football
Outback Bowl, L 26–14 vs. Penn State
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
1998 record7–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachHal Mumme
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium
(Capacity: 55,453)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Tennessee x   8 0         13 0  
#5 Florida   7 1         10 2  
#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  
#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 representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

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.

Season

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]

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5* 3:00 PM at Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY (Battle for the Governor's Cup) FSN W 68–34   42,643
September 12* 1:30 PM Eastern Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 52–7   57,776
September 19* 1:30 PM Indiana Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 31–27   57,788
September 26 3:30 PM at #8 Florida #25 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL CBS L 35–51   85,011
October 3 6:00 PM at Arkansas War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR ESPN2 L 20–27   55,782
October 10† 7:00 PM South Carolina Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 33–28   57,739
October 17 9:00 PM at #21 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPN2 W 39–36   80,524
October 24 12:30 PM #11 Georgia Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY JPS L 26–28   57,838
November 7 6:00 PM Mississippi State Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY ESPN2 W 37–35   57,760
November 14 1:30 PM Vanderbilt Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 55–17   57,521
November 21 12:30 PM at #1 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) CBS L 21–59   107,252
January 1* 11:00 AM vs. #20 Penn State Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN L 14–26   66,005
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
[2]

Conference standings

Conference Overall
Eastern W L PF PA W L PF PA
Tennessee 9 0 295 120 13 0 431 189
Florida 7 1 246 112 10 2 380 165
Georgia 6 2 166 156 9 3 292 222
Kentucky 4 4 266 281 7 5 431 375
Vanderbilt 1 7 66 290 2 9 142 369
South Carolina 0 8 129 258 1 10 207 330

Team players in the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Tim Couch Quarterback1 1 Cleveland Browns

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References

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